Problems crop up in business. The question is, how do we solve them? Is a Band-Aid enough or is there something more serious that needs attention? Do we need a long-term solution or is a temporary fix enough? Truth is, there might not be a right or wrong answer.
Sometimes a bandage is all you need, especially if you’re in the process of change. If you’re building something bigger and a problem with the old system pops up, you may need only a Band-Aid. But you want to make sure you’re doing the right thing for the long term.
If you find you’re often looking for a bandage, it’s going to get expensive and cost you big problems. Think strategically. How does the bandage benefit the business? Is it part of the solution or are you simply punting the problem down the way? Have your team think of this as well. It’s a good idea to think about what type of solutions are needed. You don’t always need a big solution. You don’t always need a perfect solution. Sometimes you just need a workable solution to get you through the next couple of weeks. Sometimes you need a bigger solution that will keep you going indefinitely.
The key is to make sure your team works on the right scale. We don’t want one person building a permanent solution to what another person perceives as a temporary problem. Stay coordinated. Work together. Make sure team members are on the same page, thinking of short-term bandages and long-term foundations. Work in agreement.
What’s you experience with this? Have you had a mismatch with your teammates about who’s doing what? What are you doing to make sure everybody is on the same page? Join us in the comments below.
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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein. This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion, and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique. Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Christian Svensson.
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