Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Avoiding a Dead End

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Like the people that the above sign is intended for, I have to watch myself to make sure I do not get too focused on one aspect of a problem and forget to keep track of the big picture. For example, one supervisor I had was trying to get a Christmas tree to stay upright in the stand he had:
His solution was to nail through the bottom into the tree, which held it quite securely. However, it turned out to be a particularly bad solution when he filled the stand with water to keep the tree fresh and the water leaked out, giving a wet floor and a very unhappy wife.

Sometimes, we have to take a step back, look at things from a wider perspective. It also happens to have someone else take a look at your solution with a fresh pair of eyes.

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