Recently my dad sent me another batch of junk e-mail. I get a kick out of how much stuff he sends out. I usually delete most, if not all, having had seen them all before. This time one of them really caught my eye though. It was the story of a private fly-in fishing excursion in the Alaskan Wilderness. The chartered pilot/guide and his fishermen had left some bait and other food in the airplane and this is what the bear who smelled the food did to the plane.
Interesting dilemma faced by the pilot and fishermen. Stranded far from civilization with their only mode of transportation destroyed. Thankfully the pilot was able to radio another pilot who was able to bring him 2 new tires and 3 cases of…. Duct Tape! Amazingly the pilot taped the plane back together and was able to FLY IT HOME!
Now that’s where the e-mail story ended… but it made me stop and think. I highly doubt the pilot got back home and continued to fly this duct taped plane around Alaska, hauling fishermen/clients. I would venture to guess the first thing this pilot did was fix this plane properly and restore it to near perfect condition.
The question it raised for me is how often do we duct tape a problem or situation in our business or even personal lives in an effort to get back to base, but then we don’t bother to do the actual repairs necessary? I hope this story raises similar questions for you and gets you thinking about how much duct tape are you using right now…