Reasons for 'Short-sighted Management'
Bill Wilson, Analyst, Canada
I'm not a manager, but indeed I've also seen this (from below) many times during my career. I will offer a couple of possible explanations for the phenomenon.
1. PENNY-WISE, POUND-FOOLISH: It is far easier to get funding, resources, and support to respond to problems than it is to make proactive improvements... Even if those proactive improvements are the result of a root cause analysis performed for an earlier problem. Thus, the originally recommended solution is watered down, respecified, or replaced with a soft solution... All cheaper options.
2. NO EXCITEMENT, NO NOTICE: A reputation for being a "problem solver" looks great when it's time for promotions. If a manager implements a good solution, they are rewarded at first... But then as they continue to experience smooth, trouble free operation, they are forgotten by upper levels of management. They lose their aura of competence. They are seen not as effective, but rather as being stuck. They get passed over for promotion. (Seen this too many times.).