It’s not enough to solve problems…
Got this pearl of wisdom over dinner with a client.
A fellow engineer who had become a director for a defense contractor, we were discussing how engineers were attracted to solving problems. He paused, and said:
“It is is not enough to merely solve problems. We must anticipate them as well. Something I always emphasized to engineers working for me.”
Although I had never heard it stated that way, I realized he was absolutely right.
This insight applies to consultants as well!
— Thanks Bert Newman (who eventually started his own firm in retirement.)
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