Beware the Quick Fix

A Definition:

Short-termism: An excessive focus on short-term results at the expense of long-term interests. ~ The Financial Times

A Quote:

Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends. ~ Walt Disney

A Proverb:

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. ~ China

An Observation:

Short-term fixes are never short-term, or fixes.

Please, have some pride, take a longer term view.

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  1. Hi James,
    I like it a lot.

    Yes, I think pride has a lot to do with it but I also think leadership and incentives play a big part in behaviour too.



  2. Hello James
    You have written another post that speaks/resonates with me. I am told that Napolean panted trees along main routes many years before he knew he would need to move his troops to fight battles.

    It is your point on short term fixes that really calls to me. It resonates with my experience. I have forgotten how many times the short term fix became the long term solution and handicap. And how many times only the quick fixes were implemented and the really opportunity left hanging on the tree because it was felt to be too hard to get a ladder to reach the fruit.


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