When is the last time you saw a glass faced box in a hall with the sign “in case of fire”? Growing up, we saw them in schools, restaurants and in just about every public facility. There was a sense of control attached to it.

It became an icon for help in an emergency situation.

We seldom see them any more. We have electronic sensors, sprinkler systems and digital monitors. We feel safer for such technology, but the motivation and the ability to take independent and immediate action has been lessened (unless you are in a commercial kitchen).

The box may have been removed for any number of reasons, which could leave the appearance (falsely) that the fire threat is being constantly being monitored (on technological auto pilot). So, the perceived threat and the ability to respond has been removed along with the box.


In the world of decisioning, the same scenario can exist.

As illustrated, one emergency that cannot be ignored and requiring an immediate decision is a fire. The consequences of inaction could be dire.

But, the passive reliance on technology (as above) could be creating a false illusion of thinking that decisions are being made when they are not.


One antidote to this issue would be a purposeful commitment that could come in the form of awareness. Specifically, in the absence of the perceived emergency box, commit to be more independent in discovery and response.

Don’t let technology dictate a subjective or non-response, but use technology to your advantage and decisioning opportunities.


Going forward, instead of casually and unproductively cruising down the information highway, consider looking for specific solutions to a current problem, or maybe one that is troubling a friend, relative or associate.

Key point: Arm yourself with provable facts (maybe organized in folders), so the receiver can see that you are being objective with your attempt to help.


Now, whenever you see a fire extinguisher (or any other emergency apparatus), let it be a reminder of this exercise. And, instead of continuously remaining passive about technology protecting us, use new technology as an opportunity (vehicle) to help yourself and others remain vigilant and responsive.

As always…You decide (notice the four MODEL steps).