One of my business pet peeves is not doing something when something needs to be done. There is a well known quote attributed to Einstein that reads: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”
I’ve seen too many times where changes need to be made or resources need to be swapped but nothing happens. This lack of direction can be crippling to a business. The second part of this post’s title is “even if it’s not right.” I truly believe that doing something is better than doing nothing even if it turns out to be the wrong thing.
Doing something shows initiative and creativity. Doing nothing shows, well, no initiative. Sitting on your hands is paramount to keeping the car in neutral when it needs to be in drive to get off the train tracks. Obviously there are times when you can’t do anything due to regulations or business controls.
Doing something leads to new information and new strategies. Even if what you did fails you are able to learn from mistakes and take a new direction, or pivot, your newly discovered ideas.
Strategy: Always be in learning mode . Make mistakes. It’s the only way to get better. If a team member needs to be replaced – replace them. If head count is needed – add head count. Don’t wait until it’s too late either as there can be a point of no return for something to be effective.