Thursday, April 17, 2008

Pay Close Attention to What Everybody Tells You to Ignore

Organizations develop blind spots. The drill is: people decide something isn't important, so all of the reporting ignores it, so nobody thinks about it, so nobody gets it put on their goals, and the cycle reinforces itself. Opportunities develop that everyone ignores.

A good example is involuntary attrition (attrition due to bad debt) at LTC. People concentrated on voluntary attrition and ignored involuntary attrition, and forgot that involuntary attrition was very much the result of a voluntary choice on the customers part. As a result, there were actually more opportunities for helping LTC with respect to involuntary attrition than voluntary attrition.

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