Robbing Peter to pay Paul

The notion of rushing ahead without addressing initial concerns contains a fundamental flaw. Many organisations operate to an out-of-control beat; quick fixes, easy wins and rough drafts are preferable to doing something properly.

The flaw (or incompetence): organisations state they have no time to do things right, but waste days, hours, weeks fixing and correcting the bigger problems it causes later.

Mismanaged business robs Peter to pay Paul, incurring a large debt, which it must repay in reduced quality and higher overheads. It is the archetypal Fire-Fighting culture, a vicious cycle trapping organisations.

Leadership must draw a line in the sand, reset the loan, bring in improvement help and heed the advice. Doing things properly is simple.