7 Surefire Ways to Stop Small Problems from Killing Your Business

I’m 5 weeks into an MIT Sloan School of Management Certificate course called Leading Organizations for High-Velocity Performance. This week’s module addressed how small problems can easily become big ones if left unaddressed. But with the right mindset and approach, you can effectively prevent them from escalating.

Here are a few strategies I learned about, and that you can use to stop small problems from becoming big ones:

Address issues early:

Don’t wait for small problems to grow into bigger ones. As soon as you notice an issue, address it immediately. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to solve.

Be proactive:

Instead of waiting for problems to arise, take steps to prevent them from happening in the first place. This could include implementing new processes or procedures, conducting regular audits, or providing training to employees.

Communicate effectively:

Clear and open communication is key to preventing small problems from becoming big ones. Make sure everyone is aware of what’s going on, and that they know who to go to if they have a problem.

Be accountable:

Take responsibility for solving problems and following through on any actions that need to be taken. This will help to build trust and ensure that problems don’t get overlooked.


Not all problems are created equal. Prioritize the most pressing issues, and focus your efforts on solving them first. This will help you to stay focused and make the most of your time.

Empower your team:

Give your team the tools and resources they need to solve problems on their own. This can help to prevent small problems from becoming big ones by encouraging your team to take ownership of their work and be more self-sufficient.

Continuously improve:

Take a step back and reflect on what went wrong and what could have been done differently. Learn from your mistakes and use the lessons to improve your processes and prevent similar problems from happening again.

By following these strategies, you can effectively stop small problems from becoming big ones, and keep your business running smoothly.

Remember that it’s always better to address problems early, and be proactive in preventing them.