Words of the Week – fire drill
Fire drill is a great buzz word that explains the art of completing an objective in the shortest amount of time possible. In theory, like actual fire drills in schools or offices, the procedure should be orderly and driven toward the end goal. In actuality, fire drills are often chaotic and stressful, but more often than not, the task gets done.
My best example of a fire drill happens before very high level management meetings. Without fail, managers will call their direct reports about an hour before presenting at a major meeting, and ask for multiple pieces of supporting data for their presentation. Then, the report either spouts off the information, polls co-workers for details or furiously pulls data from 3rd party sources, and delivers it to their manager, always with a cool, calm, collected smile on their face.