How many of you can tell me the difference between the two? Keep in mind that answers may differ depending on what side of the world you live in … not to mention that there are different types of spanners and wrenches. AND they can be ‘fixed’ or ‘adjustable’.
Here’s a clue: a spanner and a wrench have the same purpose.
Okay, quiz over. And rather than tell you the answer to that question, here’s one that will have far greater significance to you… unless you just happen to be taking a break from a pesky DIY project at the moment.
How many tools do you anticipate needing for a moderately complex project? Think about that for a minute. It probably depends on what tool it is and where you are in the project, right?
It’s almost a given that you will need different tools at different stages to achieve different personal or professional goals.
So, it’s not always clearly evident exactly what is needed and when … Hmmm, perhaps a tool guide? Maybe a team builder, DEIA expert, an executive or time management coach to help us fix a challenge which may even be difficult to fully define?
When I was undertaking each day’s route in my 192 mile walk across England, we certainly needed maps, a compass, and a guidebook.
We also had to plan our route for the optimum time allowance and pack whatever tangibles we needed to get from where we started to where we wanted to end up for the day.
And then there is the unforeseen …
That’s why it’s important to creatively anticipate your need for various tools carefully – looking down the road and asking some of the ‘what ifs’ may call upon the use of your imagination (not just your logic!) because you never know what you might encounter down the path.
So, depending on the specifics of a situation, it makes a difference if you fully understand what’s truly before you and which of the tools in your tool box can get the job done.
Look at what’s before you from every possible angle. Turn it upside down. Try it inside out. Listen to how it feels deep inside and ask the opinions of admired others. And add up the numbers. Twice.
Watch out for clues and then, although it may sometimes feel like a long way around, first identify your needs and carefully select the best tool for the job … you will be happier for it in the long run.
Now, back to the spanner and the wrench (though, if you are actually stuck on a DIY project, this is hardly the place to get advice).
I’d start with the wrench. Although it’s heavier, it’s adjustable and fits a wider range of tasks…
At the end of the day, the choice is yours.