Pennies, Pounds, and Nine Stitch Quality
Bigger is better, so says ATT's recent advertising campaign. Their commercials, supported by tall athletes, include retired basketball players, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bill Russell. What if the context changes to horse racing, where jockeys are far shorter? Perhaps smaller is better. To avoid confusion, perhaps contexts matters.
Leave it to Benjamin Franklin to get us thinking about a penny saved is a penny earned and an ounce of prevention being equivalent to a pound of cure. According to the website provided by http://www.ushistory.org/franklin/info/, the latter expression had its origin in Franklin's focus on preventing fires. A similar sentiment on being proactive, a stitch in time saves nine, was first expressed in 1797 by English astronomer, Francis Baily. Had management consultants been popular at the time, scientific management may have started with Nine Stitch Quality.
But, is it always better to be proactive than reactive? To avoid confusion, perhaps context matters. Perhaps there's a place for being reactive and a place for being proactive and context will aid the decision maker. As with replacing a light bulb before it burns out, or a smoke alarm battery before it dies, the challenge is to perceive value in proaction, when all appears well. That is, is there value in acting before "bad" happens and a cure or nine stitches are needed? Perhaps context matters. If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and a stitch in time saves nine, why not think together and seek opportunities for even greater savings?
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