Problem prevention is a pain.
In the first place, why will we take all the trouble to prevent something (bad) from happening – when we are not sure that it might even happen?
It follows that problem preventers don’t get recognized – like the ship that sails by at night, unnoticed. Nobody is recognized and praised for preventing something.
It’s not easy to prevent problems. What is it you are going to prevent? You first need to do a potential problem analysis. Then you have to study them. Gather statistics as needed. Get opinions. Even have a team meeting to think through what could go wrong. And you are only beginning.
For each potential problem, you need measures – steps and plans to prevent them. But again, that’s a lot of hard work.
It doesn’t stop there. To really be a problem preventer, is to study each problem as it happens, find out its root cause (which you might not get right every time), and try and tackle this root cause so that that particular problem does not recur.
But then other problems occur! How many problems can you prevent? Isn’t it better to just simply do your best – and solve the problems as they come in?
But this sort of thinking is the easy way out. Anybody can do it. Wait till a problem happens and then solve it. You want to be a problem solver – like everybody else?
Problem prevention is for the one in 1 million. YOU. Because you know that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. That it takes 10 (or even 100) times the effort to correct or solve a problem once it has happened than to prevent it from happening. Usually the loss of reputation, sales, customer support, peer support, is immeasurable, once the problem has already occurred. Agree?
The classic case is that of a fire. Is it better to prevent the fire from occurring, or to wait until your property is in flames? But nobody wants to make sure that there’s a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Nobody wants to make rules for fire safety. Nobody wants to train everybody on early fire detection and action.
Your job, your career and your business will always have fires to be put out. What will make you succeed is if you can minimize fires and problems from happening by preventing them.
It’s your choice:
If you can prevent problems from happening. Then you have time to achieve other goals and successes. Or you can condemn yourself to a life of putting out fires, like the rest of the millions.
Thank you //