Odin Zackman on Slowing Down

My friend and colleague, Odin Zackman, is an incredible facilitator, a deep thinker, and a fantastic collaboration practitioner. He also has a way with words and is always coming up with these brilliant metaphors. Over the years, I have often found myself listening to him, thinking, “Wow! That’s really clever. I should really be writing this down.”

After almost 15 years of hearing these Odinisms and saying this to myself, I figured there was no time like the present. This morning, I found myself reflecting on a conversation we had had last week on the importance of slowing down. Odin said we often confuse slowing down with going slower, whereas he compared it to shifting gears on a bicycle. Here’s my rendition of what he said: