Home

Topic 2: The Big Picture

Menu of Topics in this Course

 

What Can Go Wrong When Guidance Is Unclear?

 

man running

Several common problems occur when guidance is incomplete or unclear. They include:

  • Each group ends up “reinventing the wheel,” although there could be expertise that is transferable from mission to mission.
  • Staff approach and respond to situations in an ad hoc manner, which leads to inconsistency within and among missions and undermines headquarters’ ability to coordinate efforts.
  • Misinterpretation can lead to loss in efficiency, effectiveness, or worse.