Recognizing problems in advance and preventing them from becoming emergencies both provide powerful benefits.
What can a leader do to recognize these problems in advance?
Accept that problems will happen. Living in denial, ignoring, or hoping a problem will go away is an invitation for an emergency.
Practice good communication. Many problems could be detected sooner if leaders listened more carefully.
Ask appropriate questions. At the first sign of a problem, learn to ask the right questions.
Learn from the past. Lessons learned from previous experience are a foundation for the future.
There are no exact lists to resolve every problem in advance. However, these few will help.