Do you ever feel overwhelmed by what’s all on your plate?
You’re not alone.
On one hand, it’s nice to know there are others who also “share the pain” of today’s rapidly accelerating pace.
There’s something to be said about comfort in numbers.
On the other… yikes!
You feel bad about the reality that nearly everyone struggles at times to keep their projects (and life!) on track.
Our fatigue is understandable.
Having lots of company in the fast lane may be hectic, but it is what it is.
It’s neither good nor bad.
And here’s another fact about the speed of change.
This one’s been on my mind ever since I heard it a few days ago.
It’s also got that good news – bad news “yin yang” going on.
It involves the annual list of top Fortune 100 companies.
Every year companies strive to get on this list.
It publicly benchmarks growth, market leadership, and robust revenues.
Historically, once a company climbed its way into the Fortune 100, it stayed on the list for an average of 75 years.
An impressive model of stability, don’tcha think?
I believe our traditional school districts also mirrored this high quality and stability over the years.
This definitely qualifies as “good news” in my book.
But the speed of change is relentless in pushing-back.
Today, companies are only on the Fortune 100 list for an average of 15 years.
Our non-stop rapid-fire changes in technology, government regulations, marketplace options, and demographics make staying on top more difficult than ever.
And once again, we mirror what’s happening in the business world outside of our walls.
We’re striving to maintain quality in the midst of limited time and resources.
While we wish we were planning and rolling out longer term decade-by-decade type journeys, more likely than not, (and just like our business-world brethren) we’re challenged by the stress associated with fulfilling short-term, speedy-kwik operational necessities.
The good news is that it’s now possible for organizations to move up the ladder of success much more quickly than ever before.
And the bad news is … well, it’s now much harder to stay on top once you’ve arrived.
That’d be just my luck.
I’d finally earn my 15 minutes of fame – but our fast-paced world would only let me enjoy it for about 90 seconds!
So, have a great weekend, friend.