In my military reporting, I’ve learned the term that is kind of silly sounding, but surprisingly practical: “left of bang.”
This means you want to stop a bad situation before it happens — or be left of it when all the events are laid out on a horizontal timeline. It means being proactive, taking charge and managing a situation before it gets out of control. Stay to the left of the bang.
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