Break Through The Material Handling Monkey Traps
Learn how to get “unstuck” and develop the characteristics of a winner.
McLaughlin, keynote speaker at last week’s 2010 MHEDA Convention & Exhibitors’ Showcase in Marco Island, FL, begins by describing how, in Southeast Asia, monkeys are easily captured by the locals in rudimentary traps because of their own hardheadedness. They find food in the traps, but refuse to let go. “They can’t see that freedom without rice is more valuable than capture with it,” McLaughlin writes.
Many businesses, according to McLaughlin, are just like the monkeys because they are stuck in what he calls “value rigidity.” He explains, “Often, we’re in a rut and don’t know it. A rut is just like a monkey trap—nothing is keeping us stuck except our inability to recognize that we’ve trapped ourselves. To change, we must start with ourselves.” He goes on to list the five traits of people and teams that go on winning streaks:
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