All too often our businesses (and our lives in general) are controlled by the next emergency. We jump from crisis to crisis, doing our best to manage an unmanageable sequence of events. We spend all our waking moments putting out fires, and this causes us to ignore the source of our troubles, leading to even more fires waiting for us.
If we take a step back and try to figure out why we’re having problems, instead of simply slapping on a patch and jumping to the next fire, maybe we can break the cycle and slow down the speed at which new problems arise.
Taking a moment to analyze a situation (and having the courage to address its underlying causes) can save us a lot of time in the future.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. But if we simply stopped for a minute to take care of the smoke when it starts, there’d be a lot less need for the fire department.
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