The Kangaroo

Ah-ha Moment

The zookeepers seemed helpless as each day as they entered the zoo to find the kangaroo had once again escaped his enclosure. Despite the zoo’s tight budget, they decided they need to make the enclosure’s fence taller, extending it to ten feet tall.
Certain this had solved the problem they were shocked the next day to find the kangaroo hopping down one of the zoo’s walkways.
“Let’s double the fence,” they said, adding another ten feet to the fence. After successfully completing the fence, they went home for the evening.

But once again the following morning the kangaroo was waiting for them near the front gate when the zookeepers reported for work.
They returned the kangaroo to his home and began discussing how much higher to make the fence.
The kangaroo listened intently all the while thinking to himself how silly they were in their problem solving skills.
Why? Scroll down to learn how the kangaroo was getting out.

After all, the kangaroo knew all they needed to do was lock the enclosure’s door at night.

Far too often we develop complex solutions to business problems. As the story of the kangaroo vividly points out, sometimes the best solutions are very basic. The escaping of the kangaroo was a symptom, not the root of the problem. Their solutions were all designed to address the symptom without diagnosing at the root cause.

Had the zookeepers focused on the actual problem, instead of symptoms, they would have solved the problem quicker, easier, and cheaper.

Life Lesson: Sometimes we decide on a solution without fully analyzing the problem.