INSIGHT: Top 23 ways to be the IT department’s MacGyver…

While MacGyver relied heavily on his brains and his ingenuity, he didn’t fashion solutions out of thin air - there was always something close at hand that he could use to solve the problem.

One of the most popular television shows in the 1980s was MacGyver, led by Angus MacGyver, a special agent who could work his way out of any situation.

Whether that be through fashioning non-lethal weapons from chewing gum and paperclips, hotwiring airplanes with a shoestring or building parachutes from saran wrap, MacGyver could do it.

But while MacGyver relied heavily on his brains and his ingenuity, he didn’t fashion solutions out of thin air - there was always something close at hand that he could use to solve the problem.

With that in mind, here’s a list of things, according to David Kelleher, Director of Communications, GFI Software, that you may want to keep nearby so that you too can pull off a ‘MacGyver’ in the workplace…

1. Duct tape

Duct tape was one of MacGyver’s go-to tools. Gaffer Tape is also good as it’s stronger and easier to tear by hand.

2. Swiss army knife

Mac was never without his Swiss Army knife. If you are a road warrior, look for one with a removable blade so you can keep it with you even when boarding a plane.

3. Pocket multi-tool

If you prefer a more modern approach, go with a multi-tool. There are versions from mini-pocket sized to ones you wear in a belt pouch. They can include pliers, torque wrenches and other specialty tools.

4. Wallet multi-tool

Whether you go with traditional or modern, step your game up a notch by including a wallet-card type tool so you have something with you even if you’re at a black-tie affair.

.5. Hacking putty

Hacking putty is simply awesome. You can fashion almost anything out of it: patch leaks, replace handles and bind broken pieces together.

6. Multi-tip screwdriver

One of the most useful tools you will ever have is a magnetic screwdriver with a plethora of bits, including standard, Phillips, torque, hex, etc.

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