Arteries do not suddenly clog. It takes years and years of building up plaque before it becomes a risk to our heart. Modern medicine has advanced such that a simple blood test given to specialists like LifeLine screenings for heart disease and risk now allow specialists to see the plaque buildup years ahead of the very sudden event, known as a heart attack.
We certainly would all sign up to limit the risk of such an event if we could.
If I were to say, “I know what I can do to significantly limit my risk of having a heart attack, but I’m just going to wait and see if I actually have one first before doing any of it,” you would tell me I’m crazy.
Why then, do we not manage our business risk the same way?
We frequently hear that phrase thrown around in business today, “what is your pain point?” Indicating of course, what aspect of your business has gotten so bad that you should now pay attention to the source of that pain.
Is that really the best way to manage our business?
It’s the same as a situation I saw the other week, where someone’s coworker pointed out that their tires “didn’t look too good,” and the person shrugged and agreed, then forgot about it. Two weeks later, and on the way to an important meeting, the person suffered an untimely flat tire and was late to the meeting.
Coincidence? Of course not.
Frequently, we do not look at something until someone else points it out. Even then, we do not take immediate action. Why?
Because there are too many other ideas and opportunities vying for our attention.
Or, maybe we don’t know how to fix the problem ourselves, and somewhere, deep inside, hope that the problem will just go away. Until of course, it rears back up at us at the most inopportune time.
It’s not luck. It’s not fate. It is a result of our action or inaction.
Most of the organizations that we go in, have let the problem go on for too long. The group is at such a critical point that outside intervention becomes a must have, and RIGHT NOW.
“This group just suddenly went downhill.” Is a comment I hear quite often.
When I probe further about the sudden turn the group has taken, it turns out into, “They were ok, a couple of years ago.”
A couple of years ago?
That’s a long time ago. There had to be signs along the way that this was the direction they were headed. Why then, did the leaders of the organization not change the direction? Was it that they hoped the issue would just “go away”? Or did they not act because it was not in their skillset to address behavioral issues?
As I’ve said so many times, the people of your organization are critical assets. Practice prevention with such all your critical assets. Don’t let your organization limp along until it’s having a heart attack or changing a tire on the side of the road. Don’t wait for your pain point to blow up in your face.
If you are ready to address some pain points in your business, or better yet, to practice preventative maintenance on your team, reach out to John Casey, head of Shamrock Consultants, we are ready to help.
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