In an XP Yahoo group messsage, Kent Beck relayed a paraphrased quote from Bruno Schmidt of Intelliware:
"Bruno pointed out the effects of water. If you have a mountain and water in conflict, bet on the water. The water knows where it is going--downhill. It actively works at getting there. If it gets blocked, though, it doesn't hammer away at the mountain, it flows around. Eventually, the water gets where it is going."
Definitely food for thought, especially with teams or managers that manage by crisis.