Have you ever driven a car fitted with an overdrive gear? This gear provides a shaft speed greater than the engine's crankshaft speed, enabling the car to move forward without the use of extra energy. The feeling of freedom is exhilarating, as the miles speed by with the minimum of effort!

But overdrive has another meaning, too—to drive or push something too far and too hard. And when this happens, especially in business, it often slows down and hinders productivity. Companies that depend on personal drive and ambition to get things done are liable to substitute expediency for sound business ethics. In such an environment, bosses and employees alike may come under stresses and pressures that too easily subordinate sound judgment and creativity in the rush to get things done. On the other hand, when we are given important assignments, we need the capacity that will carry us forward to greater freedom and accomplishment.

Dialogue with the world
February 10, 1992

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