Yesterday at work, early morning, I had just poured myself a cup of fresh, HOT coffee. So I’m reading my emails, waiting for the stuff to cool down so I can drink it, when I notice a movement out of the corner of my eye. I glance over, and there is a small (half-inch) cockroach cautiously crawling up the wall behind my desk.
I think: “Hmmmm, that’s weird, I’ve never seen any bugs up here. What the hell should I do? If I smack it with something, I’ll have a roach-stain on my wall and that’ll never come out. Plus if I miss, it’ll be crawling around under my desk and I really can’t have that.”
I wish I had something to spray but I don’t and the time to act is now. Suddenly, inspiration strikes. I pour off a little of the coffee into another, empty, paper cup. I slowly reach out with the cup until it’s just underneath the now motionless roach. With a quick movement, I slide the cup upward so that the lip dislodges the pest and it falls neatly into the cup, where, a quick glance confirms, the roach has been killed instantly. Wow! it worked! I’m so proud of myself!
What have you done recently that showed a little ‘outside the box’ problem solving that made you proud?