Price of Complacency
Corporate Complacency with immediate gratification without looking 2 feet in front of ambivalence.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Dear Repected Readers,
As promised, in our monthly newsletter, I will not try to sell ASI products but make it more
of an editorial piece.
The Gulf oil crisis is affecting us all, and I wanted to share how this unfortunate event has
consequences that can potentially alter how we all do business.
This and other similar major events smaller in magnitude are apart of our every day lives
and work environment. BP shouldn't be demonized nor should they be defended; they
should and will be held accountable on many levels for this horrendous disaster. But let’s
look at really what happened.
When the events are looked at closely, it was revealed that clearly there was negligence
and conflicting oversight by federal and internal safety departments. This is coupled with
individuals ignoring over two dozen alerts and warnings that were put in place to insure
Above, a bird can barely be seen through all the oil
that equipment was reliable. They were all ignored or bypassed. This is clearly human
error. I hear people wanting to ban deep water drilling and some want to abolish drilling all
together. As a person who is extremely concerned about the environment, I would love
have these options as a possibility but we all know that is just not economically possible or
viable by any means. So what do we do?
When we go to our daily work, look at everything on your plate. Take nothing for granted,
do not overlook or accept any flaws in your business operation. Yes, as absurd as it may
seem, try to achieve perfection while incorporating efficiency.
This week at ASI's staff meeting, I made it mandatory for each person to have in mind and
communicate one area within ASI's systems that needs improving. No doubt I was met
with opposition, but we all agreed that all of their work affects 10,000's of people. For
instance, if our payroll process is not 100% correct under the 1,000's of payroll conditions
possible, that has a negative effect on the client as well as the employee that views the
payroll voucher and relies on it for accuracy. We thoroughly discussed each area of our
systems AP, AR, GL etc, regarding accounting accuracy, scalability and performance; and
how critical their work trickles to 1,000's of lives. I expect everyone to strive for perfection,
the cost of not doing so is far greater than taking the time to think, care & act. I truly
believe that if everyone from the CEO to the night custodian took nothing for granted,
there would be a trickle down effect and obvious imperfections would not be overlooked.
"Lead By Example" - culture throughout your department, then organization, then the
For the most part we are a society of immediate gratification without looking 2 feet in front
Above, a brown pelican is seen at East Grand Terre Island of us. We tend to go from one extreme to another without considering a center sweet spot
along the Louisiana coast. that will put us in the path of operational utopia. In the past year, I have come across
several incidences where senior executives outright shared with me that they are aware
that current process it is not the right way but just do not care. This was more apparent in
Health Care related firms, that really hits us all close to home. In some cases where ASI is
completely transparent and not dishing out a colorful sales pitch with all the fluff, decision
makers outright prefer the fluff while completely disregarding the facts. That breaks my
heart especially with all the people that rely on them. I am not saying we should all be
obsessed uptight individuals seeking and chasing every flaw in our operations. But when
something is clear and has a compounding effect, why not do something to make it better?
I find it much easier doing a little more initial diligent effort, than working win crisis mode,
chasing fires and over extending resources to get through the week or month. I see this
too often, and really think we can make a change within ourselves and those around us,
and possibly before you know it disasters whether like the one in the gulf or the economic
disaster of 2008 where by everyone taking the economy for granted may just not happen
and just over extending themselves.
I hope this is taken in the positive manner it is meant. Especially because I have the
highest regards for US Corporations, and the people that drive them. Of course there is
much room for adjustments. I hope maybe you may decide to forward this to your colleges
or friends, just as a friendly reminder or to let them know your thoughts. Even if you
disagree, that is fine, I am open to hear where I may be wrong or overextended.
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