This quote from the Iron Lady resonated with me, because I’m feeling harried and impatient right now. It is the end-of-year rush and everyone’s trying to book my time, get decisions made (the more hurried and ill-thought through the better), cadge some budget, etc. From my experience, we run the risk of making bad decisions and generating useless deliverables just to tick off MBOs and get “home for the holidays.”
Perhaps this also works in reverse. If I show patience maybe I can delay or mitigate the worst of the Christmas rush. That I can make sure that I get my own way; or maybe more appropriately, that I point us in the “right” way.