The Pursuit of Quick Fixes

by Jay Deragon on 04/01/2011

Are We Looking for Quick Fixes?In today’s hyper speed networked world of changes many individuals and business alike are in a hurry to find answers to their existing problems or to quickly capitalize on opportunities before them.

Many of us are used to quick fixes or what I call “answers in a box” so we can move on to the next opportunity or problem to fix things or make them better.

Organizations are complex organisms with hundreds of thousands of inter-connected elements that create the outcomes of their efforts. For example, individually our brains average over six hundred thousand thoughts a day and our thoughts create “patterns of thinking” that influence our emotions, our spirit and physical condition and the ongoing results of these collective interactions, the outcomes

Organizations are made up of numerous individuals and thousands of business processes that collectively try to produce a targeted end result, typically an improved economic gain. When an organization wants to improve the results they either add a new product or service or try to maximize market position with existing products and services both aimed at improving results.

Individually if we’re not satisfied with the current results of our life we attempt to change things to make improvements. It could be a new job, an improved relationship, a better networking tool or a physical malady which needs to be addressed. We all aim for better results.

Methods come before results

In our book, The Emergence of The Relationship Economy, we examined the twenty factors which influence both individual and organizational success within the networked world. One of the suggestions that came out of a pier review of the book was “can you provide specific actions one should undertake for each of the factors analyzed?” Our response was “will each organization or individual who reads the book have the same set of objectives?” The answer was NO.

That being the case specific suggestions for each factor covered would not serve the best interest of the reader. Rather providing the reader with a method of determining which factors have the greatest influence on their specific objectives and “how” to plan for leveraging those factors for better results would create the most value for readers.

Getting the most out of the medium of social media, whether individually or organizationally, is more relative to the methods than to declaring “this is the result I want so let’s simply go and get it”. If we ignore the “how” we will likely produce unintended and less desirable results.

Has knowing the result you want been the answer to achieving it or has the method to achievement been the answer? Some will argue that creativity is the biggest factor of the networked world. While creativity is an abundant factor without a purpose or aim is may produce the wrong result.

A purpose is never fulfilled by pursuing quick fixes to problems and issues that constraint the fulfillment of a purpose.While some may actually improve their methods through quick fixes unless they have defined the overall purpose  most likely they will produce unintended results and subsequently steal more of their time and attention away from the purpose.

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Suzanne April 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I face the quick fix issue daily. My phone rings and it’s someone who wants answers to questions that have no quick answer. Type A personalities want a quick fix. Those who want to do the job right are willing to do the work.

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