The law of the instrument

The law of the instrument states that sometimes we rely only on the things we know how to use very well, or on ideas we are extremely sure of. Doing this, we dismiss any alternative and we only have a mono judging-system.

Abraham Maslow said “It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”

You can read this article to get an idea of how easy it is to either bring a bull in a china shop or a knife to a gunfight.

Now let’s see how one can replicate Maslow’s hammer in the working environment: if all one has is time to stay at work, all one sees is people being interested to be in the CC of every mail one sends. Confusing 🙂


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