do rabbits eat birds?

January 14, 2009 at 10:57 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

I worked for a guy once who was very slow to enact change. This was one of the VERY few traits of his that bothered me, as in almost every other way, I saw him as a bit of a business guru. The more I’m in the business world, the more I see the value of waiting and studying and not rushing into things.

I was reminded of this while reading a story today about an attempt to save an island’s native bird population. They got rid of cats so the birds could thrive. But then came the rabbit problem. Rabbit’s don’t eat birds, but they do eat vegetation. So? Birds don’t eat vegetation. Well, turns out they do use it for cover. And in addition to that, the rabbits have utterly ravaged the island causing other issues as well. Maybe they should add a few cats.

Ecosystems are complicated, delicate, and full of hidden interdependencies. So are businesses.

It is a good reminder that I need to get better at discerning when to wait, and when to act quickly. Both can have huge benefits, and dire consequences. My gut feel is that the smaller you are, the more you need to err on the side of acting quickly. Conversely, the bigger you are, it seems most of the time there is far more risk in acting too quickly. Either way, there is no black-and-white answer. But the birds, cats, and rabbits got me thinking how important evaluation of each decision really is.

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