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IBJ: World Without Deadlines

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by Slaughter Development

Slaughter Development founder Robby Slaughter has another article in the Indianapolis Business Journal this week. The piece is titled “Imagine a World Without Deadlines.”

Here’s an excerpt from the full essay:

Deadlines might seem like a necessary aspect of all human endeavors. But the word itself doesn’t come from highly organized corporations. The first recorded appearance of “deadline” in English dates from the Civil War. This usage indicates a point beyond which soldiers are authorized to shoot escaping prisoners. Stay within the zone, this term seems to promise, and you might not end up dead.

Anyone working on deadline can sympathize with these convicts. We, too, are trapped by an invisible line we must not cross, and each step toward the point of no return fills us with impending dread. It’s true that completed work must be handed off from one person to the next, but perhaps we can find a better working model than one originally coined for violent reprisal. Perhaps we should focus not on what happens when we fail, but how and where we can work together.

For more information about how to change the way deadlines impact your business, contact Slaughter Development today.

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