Tools make our work easier. They improve the quality, the volume, and the effectiveness. As you navigate your business, career, or life, are you looking for a wrench or trying to get by without any tools?
If we need a hammer, we may be able to find a rock. Lacking scissors, someone may try their teeth.
The pickle jar lid is stuck. You have a couple of choices. You can figure out a tool, ask a friend, or just break the jar.
Timothy Leatherman had an idea. Put many tools in a single device. It is popular, and it works.
The Right Tools
Tools make life easier. They simplify the complex, save energy, time, and broken fingernails.
When we’re stuck, do we pick up a rock as a hammer, or do we get the right tool for the job?
In business or in your career, what are your tools? What have you used?
Too often people forget about the tool. They try to cut corners, open the plastic bag with their teeth, and stand on a chair with wheels instead of getting a small ladder. Risky, unsafe, and perhaps very costly.
As a kid, I remember my job was to fetch the tools. I learned their names, the intended use, and the value of organization. I also learned that without the right tools the job took longer, had a higher rate of failure, and often became more expensive.
What are the tools you require? What will save time, improve quality, volume, and effectiveness?
In the workplace we need effective communication, trust, and sometimes we need someone to hand us the wrench.
We can blunder around without the right tools. Get it done with our bare hands, use a rock, or try it with our teeth.
That doesn’t make much sense though.
If you don’t have the right tool, you should ask.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.