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.