The epicenter of a fire drill is the mounting performance pressure to produce something of perceived importance and to satiate the urgent directives of senior leaders who want immediate answers. Urgency is well known to produce results, however, when urgency becomes fear, the opposite occurs.
We happily dig into our pockets and pay our 25-cents due so that we can see the hidden details of the scenery, delighting in our ability to see beyond the naked eye alone. And although it’s nice to spend whole days people-watching from the pier, we’ve still got to be brave enough to dive into the tide headfirst, experiencing the other side of the lookout for ourselves.
Like an animal who protects itself from enemies and natural elements, we each have our own way of unleashing quills, shells, and fangs when we feel threatened by circumstances beyond our control. When we’re under the gun, we tend to fold in rather than stretch out, hoard out of scarcity rather than give out of generosity, and watch our creativity turn to ash with little knowledge of how to rekindle the fire within.