Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Vampires, Boomerangs and Rabbits

Have you ever thought what type of problems surround you on a day-to-day basis? There is a theory I have been sticking to for quite a while. Tried googling it, but little luck, so not sure where it is coming from, and at the same time don't want to attribute it totally to myself.
There are three types of problems that you want to avoid, and each type needs to be dealt differently with:
  • Vampires: those suck your life out of you until you cannot concentrate on anything else and they they finish you with a classic bite-'n-suck.
  • Boomerangs: no matter how far you throw them and how much force you apply, they keep coming back to you, bringing new stuff to deal with directly proportionate to the effort you took in order to get rid of them.
  • Rabbits: these small balls of hair, nuisance and noise appear from nowhere, like bats from the belfry, cause havoc and destruction and sometimes disappear just as quickly. Can be harmless, but often need too many resources to be localized and slaughtered for consumption.
How do you deal with those? One thing is clear: you have other more important stuff to deal with apart from these three non-value adding types of distraction. Great if you have a personal guardian angel in the flesh of a crisis manager, who thrives in chaos. Great if you can afford an expensive consultant to spend hours of his or her time running around with spreadsheets and presentations. Great if you can outsource the whole bloody thing. But what if you cannot, or if it concerns you personally and not the business you are working in? What can you recommend?

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