True urgency is a set of emotions, a gut-level feeling that we need to get up every single day with total determination to do something to deal with those hazards and opportunities and make some progress, no matter how modest, and do so today.
The remainder of the column may be found at http://conversationstarter.hbsp.com/2008/10/an_astonishing_lack_of_urgency.html. If we haven't already, I think that we who are in government must consider this right now. No matter where we're placed, there is something that is ours to do. Are we doing it?