Thinking around the sock monster

18 03 2015

“Could the garment and appliance industries be in cahoots together, creating an artificial sock demand to keep us buying?” ~Tom Bodett

The legendary sock-monster is a source of much debate and mystery.  Where does the other sock go?  You put 3 pairs of socks in a load of laundry, and you get back 3 single socks, none matching one another.  I found a way around this conundrum.  Buy a 6-pack of identical socks, and at least when you wash them, you can pair up the 6 individual ones to make 3 pairs!  The sock-monster is a force of nature – you can’t beat it, but you might be able to think around it to your satisfaction.

As leaders, when you have team members come up against a force of nature, or a given set of circumstances that cannot be changed, encourage them to think outside the box.  You may be stuck, and unable to come up with a way to succeed, or overcome some challenge.  When that happens, pull a team of smart, diverse people together, state the problem, and then remain silent.  If you state the problem, and then say “I think we need to attack it this way”, you’re going to create “group-think”.  It’s a lot like saying that we have to get to some goal, and point east.  Everyone will start walking easterly with you, so the solution that was at hand by taking 2 steps west won’t be considered.  Let the brainstorming happen with you, leader, as the audience, and you’ll be amazed at what fresh thinking can accomplish.  The ultimate direction is your call, but be silent until all opinions are out there, then decide.  For it is better to remain silent, and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth, and remove all doubt.  J

Speaking of the sock monster…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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18 03 2015

Reblogged this on FOOTNOTES: A Sockumentary.

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