FIRE! Everybody knows there are fires to tend in the workplace. From smoldering embers to raging infernos they hamper our ability to manage the routine events upon which our business depend. But how often have you said (or heard) "I spend too much time putting out fires?"
Are your fires burning out of control? Do they tend to recur? If you answered yes to either of these two questions you are spending too much time in damage control. Let me ask you this-
What type of fires are you dealing with (e.g., grease, electrical, paper)? In business terms think workplace conflict, poor communication, etc.
What type of extinguisher(s) are you using/have available?
OK so workplace fires (think of them as are not the garden variety but by way of example, you know what happens when you put water on a grease or electrical fire. Have you any idea how many business folks are spreading and mismanaging their fires? Are you one of them? The cost of mismanaged fires is exorbitant not to mention a waste of time. Here’s a place to start:
Identify the real fires and figure out the source- you have to know what you are dealing with in order to provide effective management
Identify and dispatch the false alarms- you have better things to do than waste your time on them
Most important of all, prevent fires from starting whenever possible!