A few years ago, a team at Duke University claimed to have discovered a way to match a tumor’s patient-specific DNA to the precise medicine required to cure the disease. It was considered a watershed moment in cancer research. That is, until it was scrutinized by third party sources. What they found was two sets of data. One set was the patient’s actual data. The other set was a slightly doctored version of that data. The formulas and tests only functioned under the false data set.
When we are faced with a massive challenge in our careers, perhaps the kind of seemingly insurmountable challenge cancer seems to pose, it is tempting to find the quickest, most glorious route to success. If you are asked to hire a consultant or a contractor, you hope your hire swoops in and magically resolves all of your problems. If you are that consultant or contractors, you hope your cape is freshly laundered and ready for heroics.
It wont work that way though.
Do the Work
When you are on a project – self selected or otherwise – do your due dilligence. Ask all of the questions, research all of the angles, figure out a method of approach. If you can swing in and fix everything all at once, either the people that hired you should not be in charge or you have done something wrong.