In a student’s life time, there is always that one pen which leaks every now and then and at the very wrong moments. Be it early morning, Ink Refill session while you are trying to make it to school bus in time or in the middle of writing an essay during an essay writing competition! There were all sorts of trouble attached with that ink pen! But when I look back, I see it as one of the first few lessons I learned for crisis management. 🙂 Weird isn’t it, that how something as trivial as an ink pen can teach you something as valuable as crisis management. Here are a few lessons from those fond/frustrating memories of ink-spills:
- Always predict before hand.
Will the ink last the whole day? Should I go for a refill? What if the pen stops working? Since those days, pen used to lack an indicator to show the amount of ink left, you would have to rely solely on your instincts to decide when to refill! A lesson missed by ball point pen users. They can see the whole refill thing right there.
Thus Ink Pen taught me an important lesson of anticipating the problem even hours before it might occur and take steps to counter it or at least be prepared for it. Predicting product durability was another key concept taught to us by Ink Pens.
2. The Faster You React, More You Can Save
The moment you come to know about the Ink spill, what is the first thing you do? Pull away all the important pages and objects away from the range of disaster impact. Then pull away the least affected one, and so on, till everything of importance is removed from the area of impact and that too within 20-30 seconds! Fast Enough! This is the crux of any crisis containment strategy.
3. If you play with fire, there will be burn marks!
Even if you do everything with extreme caution, you will still have stain marks on your hands, tore pages at the back of notebook with ink blots on the remaining part of the page. A beautiful lesson of how to accept the losses and work with them! We so brilliantly hid it from the world that we just had a face-to-face with the most staining disaster in the world, yet explained the whole adventure to our best friends. Perhaps a lesson about not sharing our losses with no one but only those who would understand and not make fun of you!
I still love writing with the ink pen, mainly due to the vintage feel and texture of impression and its smell. Perhaps I am the only one in my college to do so. But Still, that Old School of Ink Spill still keeps me on alert and proactive during a crisis.