Running a negative split means running the second half of a race faster than the first.

It’s often used for longer distances, like marathons.

What I’m seeing in business right now is leaders running long distance at a 5K pace.


Or, perhaps more accurately, as one senior leader said to me this week, frenzied.

The good news is that business is brisk.  From pharma, to professional services, to tech, clients are all in growth mode.

The not-so-great news is that a marathon can’t be run as a sprint.

Not for the duration.

The distance is simply too great.

Something to consider: What’s your negative split pace?

Fast, but steady?