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June 5, 2013

Finding New Solutions

Picture it : You are driving down the road in your 2004 Corvette Convertible on a wild stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop. You see three people waiting for the bus:

1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die

2. An old friend who once saved your life

3. The perfect life partner you have been dreaming about

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car? What a dilemma! Think it over for a minute and commit to an answer before you continue reading.

This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job interview. It definitely presents a variety of options for you to consider. You could pick up the ailing old lady and thus you should save her first. Or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back. And then there is that Perfect Partner – right in front of you! You may never be able to find your perfect mate again. What do you do?


The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer. He simply answered, “I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the old lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams.” Bet you didn’t see that coming?

Never forget to think outside of the box. Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations.

Talk to McPherson Lean Partners, we can help you ask the right questions and think of new solutions.

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