Does your company have an Acceleration Culture?
If you answer “yes” to more than 5 of the following questions, then there is a good chance that your company is caught in the “Acceleration Trap.” If you answer “yes” to more than 8, it’s extremely likely that you’re trapped.
- Are new activities / projects started too quickly?
- Is it difficult to get the most important things accomplished because too many other activities prevent focus?
- Is the cancellation of a project or initiative considered a weakness in the organization?
- Are projects completed at times only because people fear terminating them publicly?
- Is there a tendency to continually drive the organization to the limits of its capacity?
- Is it impossible for employees to see the light at the end of the tunnel?
- Does the company value attendance at work and meetings more than goal achievement?
- Does it value visibly hard effort over tangible results?
- Are employees made to feel guilty if they leave work early?
- Do employees talk often about the size of their workload?
- Is busyness valued?
- Are managers expected to act as role models by being involved in multiple projects?
- Is “no” a taboo word, even for people who already have a full plate?
- Is there an expectation in the organization that people must respond to e-mails within minutes?
- Do numerous people regularly get copied on e-mails because employees are trying to protect themselves?
- In their free time, do employees keep their cell phones on because they feel like they always need to be reachable?
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(Adapted from Bruch and Menges, Harvard Business Review – April, 2010)