A flesh eating disease. One microscopic, little bug from one little cut or graze can turn an entire arm black in a matter of hours.
Apart from rotting peoples limbs getting rid of it often requires a devastating solution. What’s that you say?
You chop off the infected limb of course!
No-one wants a disease to spread, and if you can’t fix it then you have to stop it spreading.
I’m certain anyone who has worked in business or management has seen a project failing or worked in a team where one member is a constant source of disruption. Now I’m definitely a fan of rational analysis, retraining and believe that by talking to people you can get the best out of them or even turnaround failing ventures.
But I’m no fool. I’m a realist.
There comes a point where even the most optimistic change agent must recognise when a process has become ‘diseased’ and ineffective. In fact, it was the inability to recognise this, that lead to the wanton diversification and formation of conglomerates over the 70s and 80s. Their scope of responsibility was so wide that failures in one part of the conglomerate filtered throughout the entire network.
Difficult decisions abound in management and no-one (esp. clients!) wants to accept defeat. However, one decisive decision may be what’s needed to ensure long term stability and success.
Sometimes we have to sacrifice the battle to win the war.
Dr Saif F Abed
AbedGraham Healthcare Strategies Ltd
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