The U.S. Special Operations Forces have a philosophy – “slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.” Members of those teams are often in situations in which moving fast is imperative. Survival depends on quick decision making and rapid responses. However, even in the direst circumstances, they recognize that rushing without purpose and intent can be detrimental. This principle applies to crises that necessitate teams and organizations to deliberately coordinate their actions and move in unison towards an objective to respond effectively to threats and risks. “Slowness” at the micro level translates into “smoothness” at the macro level.

We have developed Weekly Whiteboards, case studies, webinars, podcast episodes, and an actionable playbook to help leaders successfully take a "slow is smooth, smooth is fast" approach.

For in-depth interviews with leaders, check out our No Turning Back: Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast Mini-Series.

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    It might be tempting to think that we’re finally emerging from over two years of crisis. But between ongoing waves of covid, soaring prices, massive supply chain disruption, and conflict in Eastern Europe, it is the regrettable reality that uncertainty remains high. When dealing with this uncertainty, and preparing your organization for the next crisis, it is imperative to maximize the effectiveness of your decision-making.

  • Accelerate out of the COVID Curve: Four Ways Leaders Can Set Their Team Up to Win

    The whole world has gone through two years of crisis and we now enter a phase where leaders are pushing their teams to take rapid action. While a bias for action can be a competitive advantage, you will be the first to act and the last to succeed if you are unfocused and uncoordinated.

  • Have You Ever Analyzed the Networks Inside Your Company?

    Why is engagement important and why seizing control in a time of crisis can be bad for an organization?

  • Developing an Adaptive Decision-Making Process

    When building an adaptable organization, leaders must make decision-making a core competency to operate with strategic agility.

  • Organizational Diagnostic

    Your tried and tested measurement tool to address your toughest challenges, transforming data into actions.

  • Red Team Solutions

    Preparing your team for the unpredictable.

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