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Why do Troubleshooters get Shot?

February 4, 2010

Trouble shooting is a risky business. They used to have a short shelf life – get in, shoot from the hip and then get out. Then life changed. Economics changed. When there was a fairly buoyant economic market there were opportunities to do short stints – do your party piece and then join a new party elsewhere (albeit a twist on a murder mystery). Specialists, as the name suggests, are good at a certain type of thing. If you are sensible, you usually buy them in when you need them, or they become an expensive commodity. Trouble Shooters, are a specialist and they used to be affordable when they just had a job to do. Nowdays, the tend to stay and are they worth the collatoral damage?

Trouble shooters tend to have little flexibility – essentially they are problem identifiers. But once you’ve identified the problem and fixed it, then you need to create. This requires energy, innovation and vision. Trouble Shooters, do one thing at a time and then get labelled. So when they then decide to do things differently, can they get others to see them differently?

The best Leaders are good all rounders, the conductor of the orchestra. They know which notes are out of tune and also how to coax the sweetest notes from the 1st violins. They can do both at the same time and don’t get labelled. If all you can do is notice what isn’t working, eventually that will be you, and you will either have to shoot yourself or get shot.

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