And some people take advantage of them.
A loophole allows someone to take advantage of the system for short-term gains. The intent of an arrangement is generally understood, but the lack of formal clarification allows the loophole to exist. And clarifying every possible scenario is a waste of time and creates more noise than necessary.
Hence, loopholes persist despite our best attempts to eradicate them.
And our modern organizations are loophole hotbeds.
Interrupting someone’s day is a loophole.
Inviting someone to a useless meeting is a loophole.
“I sent an email,” is king loophole.
These examples help you move one inch closer to your main objective. They are incremental improvements to your process. And they distract you — and the rest of the team — from making radical jumps forward.
Even worse, loopholes eventually close. They work once or twice and then quickly become obsolete. You will eventually reach a dead end.
People eventually shut their door.
People eventually stop attending useless meetings.
And people eventually stop reading worthless emails.
Not every step forward is really a step forward.
The best way to eradicate loopholes starts with you. Don’t use them. And don’t reward them.
Resist the temptation. Hold yourself and your team accountable for staying on track. Once loopholes are removed from your organizational vocabulary, they go away.
Unless there’s an easier way to do it?