The easiest time to solve a problem is when it’s small.

Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors

 

To be honest, I had never focused on this aspect of prevention, but it is an important one.  Solving a problem when it is small prevents the problem from becoming a big one. While not as significant as avoiding the problem altogether, preventing a small issue from becoming a big one runs a close second.

I wonder how many companies or law firms have a formal process for evaluating the range of small problems they confront to determine if any are likely to mushroom into something significant.  If you have such a process, please share it with us, as well as how you designed the process to be successful.