Hidden Dynamics in School?

I heard a great piece of research reported on Radio 4 last week, that by taking off their shoes in school (or wearing plimsoles), children boosted their productivity exponentially (and saved the school money in equipment and facilities lasting longer).

What a predictably irrational result!  It got me thinking about the parallels in organisational life.  How resistant are we to small changes?  Imagine the assembled board with no shoes...!  We are potentially shutting down such simple possibilities (because we think we know how to do things) and as a result miss out on the benefits.

Time to learn from the 7 year olds...?