A key aspect of any management activity is to ensure that work gets gone. When confronting a new problem, there is a natural tendency to analyze the issue and admire the problem. “Paralysis by Analysis” is an apt and oft used term. I have seen teams spend many weeks on an issue and conduct all sorts of data analytics to define the nature of the problem – but a solution to a problem has not been suggested. The team have just done a good job at admiring the problem. They are even proud of their work – not realizing that they haven’t actually done any real work. The team have been busy – but they have not really been working.

Or specifically they have not been working the problem. To work a problem means this: options to solve the problem need to be identified, each option needs to have a cost/risk v. benefit/reward analysis completed. Options need to be compared and then a decision made.

Otherwise you don’t move forward.

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23


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