vii) Procrastination

Procrastination works against the impact of a sense of urgency, ie

"...we are now faced with the fact......that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood - its ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words 'too late'..."

Martin Luther King Jr as quoted by Alan Gore, 2006

. Realizing that using rule by "fist, fiat, fear and fury" is destined to fail in the long-term. Sometimes when rapid change is essential, fear etc tactics may work in the short-term and help the occasional turnaround. On the other hand, should it become the norm, they destroy the fabric of organisation.


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