The end of an era?

Remember the awful times 2 1/2 years ago when hand sanitizer and masks were out of stock everywhere?

Then things got better, gradually and unevenly. Over the last few months we’ve come to the point that a box of masks sits at the front desk… or in this case on a chair by the elevator. And the supermarket was literally giving away quart-size bottles of hand sanitizer last week… help yourself.

I’m reminded of Peter Senge’s classic book The Fifth Discipline, in which he illustrates the importance of systems thinking via the Beer Game. Here we are suddenly awash in all the unfulfilled orders we kept increasing during the lean times.

All other things being equal, I’d prefer beer.

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