This is a metaphor that came up recently in one of our projects during an employee input session. The conversation highlighted their frustration at not having time to stop and consider whether the way they were doing things was necessarily the best.
“Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it. And then he feels that perhaps there isn't.”-A.A. Milne
With the pressures of a working environment it can be hard to find time to take stock of how we do things, something that can appear to be counter intuitive. However this ends up trapping us in a vicious cycle where nothing changes despite our full knowledge of the situation. It can take a deliberate intervention to recognise the value of stopping and reflecting on what's going on.