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Easy Way OR Hard Way

October 13, 2008
by Joe Bormel
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Easy Way or Hard Way; Which would you choose?

That was the question posed to the travelers on this family hay ride yesterday (Cox Farms, Virginia). Not surprisingly, it was a set up! Everyone choose the Hard Way.

This blog post is intended to be light-hearted. I would be interested if anyone had any reactions to this. Why is it funny? (it was funny) Do we, our subordinates and superiors have a preference for the Hard Way, or the Easy Way (when there's no further information to guide a decision)?



I think they picked the "hard way" because the tractor would be doing all the work, they would just get to observe what it's like to go the hard way without suffering the pain. If you were all walking, I suspect you'd get a 95 percent vote for the easy way, with a few athletic teenagers going right.

That's interesting, Anthony.

In other words, you're saying the HARD WAY is "Somebody Else's Problem (SEP)," in this case the driver and tractor.

Sci-Fi author Douglas Adams described the "SEP field" as an effect so strong that it's force could hide a large, alien spaceship in the middle of a crowed stadium and no one would see it.

"An SEP is something we can't see, or don't see, or our brain doesn't let us see, because we think that it's somebody else's problem.... The brain just edits it out, it's like a blind spot. If you look at it directly you won't see it unless you know precisely what it is. Your only hope is to catch it by surprise out of the corner of your eye."

It's a hoot that I found the SEP concept in Wikipedia.

I was thinking more about CIOs and the analysts reporting up to them; the best analysts I know think through both ways, effectively traveling both easy and hard paths. Then, they recommend the right one.  It's actually a beautiful thing to watch.

the best scenario is to hire smart people who are bright enough to see that sometimes the hard way is the only way, but you must also give them enough staffing and resources so don't shy away from tackling it.