At the Coffee Pot
Today started out as in interesting day. I got into work a bit early to make sure some overnight
maintenance items were taken care of and went to the coffee pot, got a cup of coffee and went back
to work. Well about an hour later when more people were in and someone decide to make more
coffee, they tried to aim the dripping liquid into a small hole on the outside of the pump mechanism of
the pot. Most of the time this “aiming” could work and does. However, today was not that day. I came
up to a pot of coffee that seemed to be overflowing coffee onto the burner, the counter and the floor.
After I adjusted the flow of liquid and cleaned up the mess, I started thinking about what this could
Are we really a society that tries to “just get things close”? Is “good enough” really good? Why
would you try to aim the coffee into a small hole rather than just take out the pump and use the larger
opening of the coffee pot. Is our society in such a hurry that we can’t even make sure the coffee flows
To exemplify this point, I read an article that the city of Tampa is stopping the use of electric
shuttles in downtown because they were run without a permit and they shuttles didn’t charge for the
rides, the drivers received tips. This has been a city department of transportation issue for over 1 ½
years and the department made the decision to stop these. Let’s see, a service that helps people save
money, especially in these economic times and offers a “green” solution to a short shuttle ride. The
cab company lawyers fought the issue. Does this really help people? Is this really the right decision?
How many times in our lives do we do the same thing? I know I have. For some reason these events
triggered this emotion more today. Giving me the sense to see an issue and adjust my thinking and
my actions to improve my results.
All over our country, governments, businesses, families and individuals are looking for ways to save
money , reduce cos