February 17, 2022

A stop-gap fix


There are times when you ask your team to something that’s not exactly in their wheel house. Maybe they can do it, and maybe they can do it well, but their real talents and the purpose of their role lie elsewhere – it’s just that this thing needs doing and they have some of the essential ingredients. And as a stop-gap fix, that’s ok.

The problems come when that little short-term expediency becomes the way we do things around here – and without looking, you’ve reversed into a position where your good people and doing things they shouldn’t be doing whilst you look the other way and get on with something else. If you’re lucky, the worst that happens is wasted talent. If your unlucky, the job gets done less well than it could, and that exciting talent starts looking towards the door.

Skippy strategy: Short term fixes should stay short term.