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If you don't stop to fix the problem...

Guess what?

If you just ignore a problem in your business it is likely that it will continue.

This might not always be the case (yes, some things seem to resolve themselves...), but for the majority of problems we face they need to be dealt with.

Recognition is the first step

The above might seem really obvious, that you need to fix your business' problems, but many people don't seem to recognise that they have a problem.

Issues that occur within a business have a knack of becoming normalised.

Have you seen that happen at your place of work?

New people who join a business often notice these problems, but then fall into line with everyone else and get on with their day and eventually ignore the problem.

You need to say "no more!"

Once you re-awaken to your problem and are unwilling to let it continue you can use this motivation to do something about it.

Finding the time to do something about the problem then becomes the next hurdle for most of us.

If you really want to fix the problem then you can always think up a strategy that will work for you.

For example:
  • Asking for help from your colleagues to cover your responsibilities for a short while.
  • Tackling the problem as your first task of the day (I mean first, not checking email then looking at the problem!).
  • Re-prioritising your workload with your boss.

Are you ready to make a change?

I'm always amazed at how much people will put up with, things that can be fixed with no money, little effort and only a small amount of thinking.

If you agree with this blog post then I challenge you to stop being complacent about the issues in your business, take a look in the mirror (to see who's going to change the situation) and then go and make some practical changes.

You'll like the results!

Giles



Giles Johnston
Author of Business Process Re-Engineering and creator of the 'Making It Happen' continuous improvement course.