By: Rick Boxx
November 21, 2013
Wharton professor, Adam Grant, in a LinkedIn article, shares a story of a sawmill that was experiencing over $1 million a year in equipment theft. Instead of installing surveillance equipment, they decided to hire a corporate psychologist.
The psychologist was surprised to learn the employees were stealing for the thrill, not the money. They instituted a “library type” policy.
Employees were allowed to borrow any equipment they wanted. Suddenly, there was no thrill and no reason for them to steal. The stealing ceased.
Proverbs 28:26 teaches, “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.”
Rather than proceeding with their original plan of installing cameras, the sawmill wisely sought counsel. Trusting in our first instinct is usually not as good as seeking wisdom from others.