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The Speed of Lightning

Ever wonder how fast lightning travels?  Did you ever care?  The USA Department of Energy gives the speed of lightning as 93,000 miles per second, which maybe a 'rough guide' figure based on the 'half the speed of light' principle!
In business, we are all familiar with the term Efficiency Optimization.  This is a non-stop effort aimed at continually improving performance of a given process, function or procedure.  The general goal is to have things moving "lightning quick" thereby saving time, money or whatever other metric you are focused upon.  Achieving the desired result usually means we have reached the pinnacle of success - or does it?
How much faster would lightning go if you took the "zig" and the "zag" out of the equasion?  What would happen if we changed the atmospheric conditions?  There are also a number of other factors that we could touch upon and there would be variations, tangents, etc. for each scenario.
The only constant in business (and life) is change.  The only way to manage change is to stay ahead of the curve.  The only way to stay ahead of the curve is to anticipate change.

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