Words of the Week – back to the drawing board
To go back to the drawing board means to start something over. This phrase always makes me think of mapping out a process before you start. If your original route doesn’t get you where you want to go, you can go back to the drawing board and create a new path to reach your goal. The thing I like best about the phrase it that it has a sense of hope. You’re not giving up, just broadening your horizons to figure out the best way to get there.
For example, you might hear an MBA in a social entrepreneurship class say, “I know this is a good idea that can help millions of people, but this design is not the best we can do; the price will be cost prohibitive for most people. Let’s go back to the drawing board and figure out how to make this work!”