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20 May 2013

Why Problems Occur (Alert #1): Easy over Difficult

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Why Problems Occur

People prefer easy to difficult

When people are tending to do the easy over the difficult, it is a sign that problems might be brewing.

When problems occur or when trying to anticipate them in problem solving, I look for seven alerts. While no single one automatically creates a problem, two or three get me there. The first alert is when I find people tending to do the easy over the difficult.

“You only get out what you put in,” is a common refrain. If true, the easy doesn’t net much. For example:

So, when I see the easy trumping the difficult too much, I become alarmed. Either there is a reckoning, underachievement or . . . all the difficult rolls downhill to some poor soul’s desk.


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