A few years ago, people thought North American deer might go extinct.
Now, the deer population has run amuck.
There are 1.5 million car-deer collisions annually. Deer crashes kill some 150 people per year. The deer don’t fare well, either, mostly because few of them are wearing safety belts. Tweet This
This time of year in Michigan, everyone is talking about the dangers of “deering while driving.” It got me thinking about how humans handle problems.
I’m reading Matthew Syed’s great book, Black Box Thinking and am reminded how we humans are sometimes our own worst enemies when solving problems.
Don’t veer for deer
Here are three good tips for avoiding deer while driving. The third tip is so surprising that it’s counter intuitive:
1) Stay alert. Deer are the most active at dawn and dusk.
2) Deer travel in herds. If you see one Bambi, there are probably many more nearby.
3) Don’t veer for deer. Experts say that swerving is much more dangerous than hitting the animal. Veering could easily introduce oncoming traffic or an unforgiving bridge abutment to the scenario.
It’s often best to face problems head-on
The “don’t veer for deer” lesson is a good metaphor for other types of problem-solving.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to stay alert for communication problems related to customer service, marketing, and such. And yes, these problems often “travel in herds.”
Many of us try to avoid problems by ignoring them, procrastinating or even denying they exist.
Yet, in many cases, it’s best to confront the problem head-on. Face the problem as if you would position yourself directly in front of a camera.
Let the conundrum collide with your personal life or your work routine. This will create a unique opportunity to uncover a solution.
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