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Thursday, June 3, 2021


The late Dr. Hans Rosling did very impactful work during his lifetime - first as a physician, subsequently as a data analyst, finally as an evangelist for truth.

He told a story in his book Factfulness (2018) about serving as a young physician in a poverty-stricken country. Initially, he filled his very long days trying to treat and heal as many children as he could. Eventually, he came to the exhausted conclusion that he could heal far more children by teaching the parents some basic health habits that would interdict the antecedents of the illnesses that were killing their children.

In short, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 

The wisest organizational leaders I know understand and apply this same logic. They purposefully spend the preponderance of their time teaching key players and implementing impactful systems aimed at interdicting the effectiveness killers of the organization - things like poor customer service, inventory bottle necks, bureaucratic time wasters, meaningless busy work, etc.

Upstream "health" habits dependably mitigate downstream "disease." This applies equally to both individual and organizational wellbeing.

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