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Idea 64: Spot your problems early

One’s objective should be to get it right, get it out, and get it over. You see, your problem won’t improve with age.

Warren Buffett, US investor and philanthropist

‘Walking around and talking to people helps me spot problems early,’ one chief executive told me. ‘Because I invest time in engaging people in casual conversation, they tend to point out potential problems I might not see otherwise.’

Do you make a practice of walking around and talking to your people?

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Cover of John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making


Problems can always crop up when you’re innovating. Stay on the lookout, and decide how you will handle them.