It’s Not the Hammer’s Fault You Smashed Your Thumb!

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In a great blog post, Stop Blaming the Tools when Collaboration Fails, Luis Suarez questions why we feel obliged to blame the tools we fail to implement and use properly, rather than looking at how we are using them.

A conversation with Martin White expands on the argument.

It reminds me of times when I was working with my Dad who owned a home improvements business.  As is not uncommon in that line of business, he would occasionally miss the nail that was the target of his hammer and smash his thumb.  Of course, in every instance, it was the hammer’s fault and it was frequently hurled quite some distance as punishment.

Luis and Martin’s conversation is well worth the read to look at who really is to blame for the hammer’s behavior.

(Image by Jesse Orrico vis


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