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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Featured Extract: "Fleas"

Featured Newsletter Extract: "Fleas" - Discovery Training, Innovation Newsletter

Flea trainers (what a strange job) have observed a predictable and strange habit of fleas while training them.

Fleas are put in a box with a top on it and they jump up and hit the top over and over again. After a while they continue to jump but they do not bang their heads. When the lid of the box is removed the fleas keep jumping but never go beyond the point where the lid used to be. They have conditioned themselves to jump just so high and no higher.

What can we learn from the fleas?
Firstly, if the lid is on be careful not to bang your head. Safety is always the most important thing! Also if the lid is on we should know that it could be removed.

With no lid you can jump as high as you like. Many times people restrict themselves to well below their true potential, believing that they are doing all they can do.

In terms of Innovation you may have come up with a few small ideas and you think you are being innovative. Yes, of course you are. But why not "jump" higher and use your talents to come up with ideas and innovations that make a big difference.

Be an eagle not a flea!

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