I think you can learn a lot about an organization (and a person's career) when you watch what they do on a slow news day, a day when there's no crisis, not a lot of incoming tasks, very little drama.
Sure, when we're reacting (or responding) and it's all hands on deck, things seem as if they're really moving.
But what about in the lulls? At the moments when we can initiate, launch new ventures, try new things and expose ourselves to failure? Do we take the opportunity or do we just sit and wait for the next crisis?
If you have ten minutes unscheduled and the phone isn't ringing, what do you do? What do you start?