Things happen in the amount of time you give them to happen.

Steve Douglas
2 min readMar 21, 2024
Photo by Ralph Hutter

A clear direction on the building phase of any project: The key is not to have ego destroy the ability to be open to the fact that unnecessary delays in any project occur more because of a lack of internal management than anything or anyone externally.

Unforeseen delays happen in any project. The objective truth about building any business is that it’s only as good as the harmony of its people. Harmony in music, as in business, doesn’t mean everyone is the same but rather the complete opposite. The more different the notes are, the better the harmonies. Additionally, there needs to be dissonance in any strong team to have the independence of judgment not to be a victim of perception. In order to do this, one’s order must be clear and simple in its communication to all team members. It must be unreasonable in self-belief and consistently rhythmic in its delegation of instruction to set not only a standard in culture but a tempo that, in turn, creates a pulse in the culture that sets the highest standard.

A team doesn’t just need to be motivated but rather given space for self-motivation. The best music in the world has space. Space is the main measurement that creates the best tempos, feelings, and evocative observations of emotion. In the building phase of any project, everyone from the contractor and building management to the subcontractors and plan check officers from the city need to be given the space not just to do their jobs but to have a sense of clarity in the expected rhythm of the project. Without this core value of tempo, unnecessary delays will ensue.

This internal management issue is incumbent on the individual, not the external team, which needs management. Everyone needs management. People, as a whole (including myself), do not have the ability to self-manage to the level required to produce the necessary results in a multi-faceted project of any kind. This is why the objective truth is that people will always need people to build anything of merit. While AI may become smarter than humans, humans will always be better collaborators collectively. The human race has never been meant to have a winner; rather, only the best collaborators finish the race. While winning anything will always feel good, winning has never been my main objective in life. Collaboration with others to serve others will always be my top choice.

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Steve Douglas

Steve is a Canadian polymath whose pro music career officially began at age 4 when he performed live @ Wembley Stadium. His focus = tangibly benefiting youth.