Think Like a Squirrel

Many books are devoted to the topic of turning established habits and thought patterns upside down to solve a problem or move an organization forward in a changing environment. Two popular titles are Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers and Who Moved My Cheese? Their key point: Approach problems with an open mind free of preconceptions and negative assumptions. Consider squirrels. Personally, I like them, but we have more in our backyard than we used to. I didn't think much of it, though, especially since one year we had a population explosion of skunks. Once you've had an army of skunks take up residence, squirrels are no big deal. (FYI, lemon juice is far more effective at de-skunking a cat than tomato juice.) Meanwhile, the birds we feed seemed to be eating more than usual. It turns out our “squirrel-proof” birdfeeder isn't. A squirrel's weight is supposed to pull the feeding win

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