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Upstream Actions

Upstream Actions

The actions performed by Jim are what we call Upstream Actions. They are the proactive measures taken to prevent the occurance of a problem.

It involves anticipation of the events that may lead to the problem and thus deploying measures in advance to curb such events.


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I believe that everyone chooses how to approach life. If you're proactive you focus on preparing. If you're reactive, you end up focus on repairing



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How to take Upstream Actions

How to take Upstream Actions

1. Selecting the right questions:

Answers to the problem can only be found if the questions are correct. Questions determine the direction of resolution. Wrong questions can deviate someone from the path of achieving the solution

2. Selecting the right problem :

Selecting the e...


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Barriers that block Upstream thinking

Barriers that block Upstream thinking

A. Problem Blindness :

In order to solve a problem, one has to detect the problem. The belief of problem blindness emerges from lack of understanding of the system, which further causes blind spots there by foging our ability to notice the obivous.

B. Lack of ownership:



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Story Of Two Police Offi

Story Of Two Police Offi

Jim a Police Officer spends half a shift standing on a street corner where many accidents happen, his visible presence makes drivers careful and might

prevent collisions.

In contrast John another Police officer hides around the corner to nab cars for violations. Though Jim did more t...


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Our actions in problematic situations determine our intentions. The direction of our actions decide if the problem would persist, halt temporarily or would resolve completely.

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