I ran my first negative split half-marathon recently and it was exhilarating to finish the race faster and stronger than I started. A negative split is a racing strategy that involves completing the second half of a race faster than the first half and is a key running technique for achieving a personal best. It is opposite to what a lot of runners do to “bank time” by running faster earlier on with the aim of building a cushion for later in the race. It’s risky and can result in a crash, hitting the wall having used up all of your available energy stores.
Maybe I am stretching my running analogies too far but how different would your next project feel if you prepared and planned for a negative split? I have experienced many projects where the team members are exhausted by the half-way point, so the second half turns into survival and a long drag to the finish. Reactions at the project end can turn to being one of relief rather than elation which has a knock-on impact for the rest of their work and the next project. Carrying forward a project PB and the feeling of finishing with the equivalent of a negative split would feel so much better!