I bet you could finish the line above; you likely have heard it or used it yourself. When things seem to be working smoothly, leave it alone. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s right, save your energy for what isn’t working. First of all, if you have a system or process that is not functioning as it should, you certainly need to give it your attention.
I have a challenge for all today. I am challenging us not to fall into the trap of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. “Here is what I have learned from not subscribing to that mindset.
The system or process could be working fine at a particular time; however, there could be a slight crack. Yes, it is not broken yet, and you can’t see what is underneath the “hood” unless you investigate. So I am encouraging you today to not to fall into this trap.
As leaders, we must be intentional about improving every aspect of the organization. That can mean “looking under the hood.” Go investigating, and start asking questions like,” What would it take to make________ better?” The old saying applies here: if you don’t ask, you don’t get. The team member closest to the situation may know how to improve it, but maybe no one has asked because everything seems to be okay.
In summary, you may have a process or system that is operating fine. When you go to your dentist for a cleaning or a check-up, everything may be fine; you are not in pain. However, the dentist discusses the beginning of decay. Oops, it’s time to get into action and prevent something serious. Well, folks, that is what I’m referring to. Don’t buy into the old saying, “If it ain’t broke____.” Go investigating; you may discover a way to make it better. Happy Hunting.