“You are either part of the solution, or you are part of a problem.”
For sure this saying it not by me, but I like this saying.
The long take on this, is that you are either making a difference and helping solve problems and issues, or you are adding to them. Adding to them, can be by passivity, inaction or lack of follow up.
From a business point of view, someone is either helping to get where you are going, or not. Knowing the above, is not always clear, but I believe that with time it becomes clear. As managers and executives, our job is shorten the time to determine if someone is part of a solution or part of a problem. The shorter the time, the better – but to make that call – it comes only with experience. If someone is part of a problem (and here it can be as simple as inaction, or passivity – hence they are not actually creating a problem) – they go, and go fast.