Little sparks

Now in Spain considering that spring is here, there are some areas at risk of fire. The weather is starting to be hot and dry so it’s just needed a small spark to create a catastrophe. Whether it’s intentionally or not, if you don’t control it from the beginning—or even better, prevent it from happening, it will spread really fast.
Everything start with a spark so small that you don’t even notice it. And when you want to take over control it will be to late. You can stop it, but it will burn something in its way.
The same applies to your company. There are some sparks that if you don’t watch, they will spread as a little spark in a dry forest.
As always, precaution is the best way to avoid a catastrophe. And the first place to watch is inside your company.
As human beings, your employees can have strong egos. Some of them more developed than the others, but they’re there. Then, the bigger the ego the bigger the spark. And what comes here is that nobody wants to be told what to do. At least not feel it in that way. Even though if it’s okay if it comes from a superior “force”, the lack of a clear hierarchy generates conflict.
And the worse sparks are sometimes produced by no defining roles. Because if you don’t say who’s in charge of what, people will put their egos in the way and create a fire. And it will be your fault.
The solution here is simple. Make people responsible. Make them responsible for one thing, and evaluate them based on that thing.
Sparks can still spread, but you’ve just avoided a main “precedence” by pointing it in the right direction.
If you don’t make clear who’s responsible for what, conflict will arise. And that’s where your organizations start to shatter. Defining roles is the best way to reduce conflict. With a simple spark you can create a big fire, so try to avoid sparks as much as possible.