Saturday, August 18, 2007

Pros & Cons / Right & Wrong

Throughout my career I have seen my fair share of situations that turned from solving a problem into finding who's to blame for the problem. Somewhat related to this is the paralysis through analysis syndrome - spending too much time determining every conceivable pro & con before taking action. Conducting a post mortem is a valuable process in business - especially if you have not identified the root of a reoccurring problem. However, in business you need to continue moving forward. Solve the problem and move on. Each distraction that prevents you from taking the next step toward your business goals is ultimately wasted effort. In essence, you are allowing your competition to advance while you remain stagnant and if this is habitual for your company it becomes a demotivator for your team.

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