From micro to macro, the ways and means of operating are deeply ingrained.
If you want to get a sense of how an organization operates, all you need to do is attend a few meetings. If the meeting is initiated with no agenda, or even a list of objectives, and the meeting was called by someone of relatively higher rank than most of the attendees – my bet is that you will find the meeting has been called to discuss slipping schedules, late deliverables, and an inevitable discussion of how to throw more resources at the problem in order to meet monthly or quarterly targets.
In organizations where things are delayed, pushed to the end, and hockey-sticked production is the norm, you will find meandering discussion, and a sudden, sharp realization that time is running running and a quick, frantic blur of activity at the end is the only way to accomplish anything.
It won’t matter if you are observing the conduct of a meeting, production plans, development activities, or strategic plans – the song will remain the same. With no expectation of upfront effort, evenness of operations, or elimination of undue stress – stress will become the norm at every level.
If you want to change this – start having meaningful discussions. Eradicate the powerpoint paradigm. Have discussions. Observe. Experiment – do anything and everything that makes you feel awkward.
The only way to break a bad habit, is to stop doing it.