Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 197

Better to up potential fixes early, then to get caught off guard once it's broke.

"If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It."

We've all heard this before, and we've likely cited it a number of times in our personal and professional lives.

But, let's think about it for a moment. . .

Does this quote give truly sound advice?  Are we truly better off not "messing" with something if it is currently working?

In my humble opinion, the answer is a resounding "No."

While we shouldn't consciously "break" things that are working, we should regularly and often "mess" with things, if for no other reason than to check to make sure they are working as well as they could be.

If we end up breaking it?

So be it.  Chances are, this is an example of one of the ways it would end up "breaking" in the future.

Regularly testing our own capabilities is a hallmark of solid learning and effective leadership.  If we aren't constantly checking our thinking and the work that we do, how do we know if we're truly on base, or way out in left field?

In fact, those processes that seem to work extremely well, that we haven't "touched" in years, are precisely the ones that we need to be checking up on, if for no other reason than to familiarize ourselves with how they work.

We tend to learn more and learn deeper when we constantly refresh our understanding of all the things we encounter.  For that reason, we should always be thinking of fixes, even if things are not yet broken.

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