Much of the activity in many companies is reactive. Responding to emergencies, resolving orders that were misplaced, and simply trying to stay ahead of a wave of things that need to be done all get in the way of making sound decisions, writes REMODLING blogger Paul Winans.

In his latest column he offers suggestions for avoiding this level of chaos and making sure that everyone gets the job done.

By proactively working to establish clear roles and boundaries, AND helping one another adhere to them, the company ends up reacting to fewer crises. The clarity established on the front end makes it more likely that the results are the intended ones.

You can do this. How do I know? We did it. What made it happen? High levels of frustration from incomplete work and missed deadlines, coupled with the inability to hold anyone accountable for anything.

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