What Mr. Bean Can Teach Us About Problem Solving

Posted on January 26, 2013 | in Change Management, Kaizen, New Ideas | by
Mr. Bean

(From fanpop.com)

I think the IMDb.com page for the British comedy show Mr. Bean gives the best synopsis of what you need to know.

Life is a difficult challenge for Mr Bean, who despite being a grown adult, has trouble completing even the simplest of tasks. Thankfully, his perseverence is usually rewarded, and he finds an ingenious way around the problem.

It’s absolutely true. Mr. Bean, apparently a figure sent from outer space, approaches problem solving in a very unique and hilarious manner without the benefit (or detriment) of hindsight, experience, or bias.

Here’s Mr. Bean on painting a room…

And here’s Mr. Bean on waiting in line for a big sale…

One of the best things he can teach us about problem solving is that a fresh perspective and lack of bias can help consider all possible solutions, as unconventional as they may be. In every Mr. Bean episode it certainly appears that he approaches every situation like he’s never seen it before and he is completely unaware of traditional customs (read: bias).

Yes, the writers for Mr. Bean certainly took some liberties with the laws of physics but what is illustrated is that you never know unless you genuinely try.

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