The Band-Aid Placebo

Have you ever tried to convince a child who is hurt that he doesn’t need a Band-Aid? Children think the Band-Aid is actually a pain-killer and will make the pain disappear. Obviously they learn a Band-Aid helps make a bleeding wound “all better”. They assigned the cure to the Band-Aid without understanding the purpose of it. When we misunderstand the nature of a solution, we are likely to misapply it in effort to solve a future problem. Our adult brains naively search for patterns to assuage our pain in the same way a child does. What are the Band-Aids that make our team feel better about a problem without truly “making it all better”? It can be anything that is mindlessly applied in the face of a problem like increased effort, increased budget, increased pressure, increased policies, etc.

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