Is time the enemy of change?

By Carl Heise

Time slows for no one, but it will be kinder if shown respect, especially at the start of a project.

We know that change is a constant in business, but also that effective change is hard to achieve.

In an environment in which problems arise faster than they can be fixed, one of the main pressures that businesses face will always be time. And as a rule, we don’t show time much love.

“Killing time,” “beat the clock,” facing slurs like these, is it any wonder that time has taken on the role of the enemy?

Can we afford to continue this estranged relationship? For the third time to be a charm? To be better late than never? Do we want to keep designing and implementing change at the eleventh hour?

Good time management and speed in successfully changing the way an organisation works through rapid problem solving is a real skill. And one that requires intense outcome focus.

Ask yourself this question:

What takes longer, thinking things through thoroughly at the start or fixing avoidable issues later?

It may seem like a paradox, but I have found taking longer to get the problem identified clearly and the stakeholders aligned and engaged, saves me time when implementing a transformation.

A clear problem and aligned stakeholders are like insurance against a project going off track. We know that time, scope and cost are the three variables that come together to create success. If we lose control of time, we will always lose control of scope and cost.

So, I’ll land one more time idiom on you. What are you doing to make sure you’re not living on borrowed time?