Is it only California freeways, or do other highways have fast-lane drivers who need to close every gap in front of them? I call it “rush and slam”. When there is an opening in front of them, they step on the gas to get right behind the next vehicle and then slam on the brakes. If you’re following and don’t foresee what is going to happen, you might be tempted to speed up, too. But you will be rewarded with brake lights and a fast stop yourself. This practice when repeated is downright nerve-wracking, at least for the follower.
As I was pondering this situation on I-880 in Silicon Valley yesterday, I reflected that there is a certain set of entrepreneurs who operate their businesses in “rush and slam” mode. They get an idea, race the business pell-mell into it, and then slam on the brakes when they meet an obstacle.
In a car, this behavior is more expensive because of inefficient fuel usage. It also puts one at risk of being rear-ended. In business, it presents risks as well. The every-six-months reorganization is symptomatic. It is equally nerve-wracking for the “followers” of these executives, the employees. Soon, these workers are going to start looking for a different lane to be in, with a different driver to follow.
Yes, high tech business is fast moving and competitive. But avoid making it a frazzling experience. Smooth acceleration is safer and less costly in a business, just as it is in a vehicle.