There are many ways to cut an onion, but not all are good ways.

31 10 2016

“It doesn’t matter how precisely the onion is cut, as long as the person chewing it is happy.” ~Padma Lakshmi

Today’s quote, from the talented Padma, is just another way of saying that it’s the results that count, not necessarily the ways they’re achieved.  There are many recipes for tasty stew, and each one of them can be done differently.  Spreadsheets can be built in a number of ways, and still have the correct result at the end.  Partnerships can be built and supported in a number of ways to be considered successful.

Leaders, management can be done many different ways, and results can still be achieved.  You’ll find your own leadership style, and build your own leadership tool bag full of interesting takes on how to motivate.  We must, though, consider our methods through the lens of our mission, and through the lens of the culture that we’re creating together.  That’s another way of saying that not every way of cutting the onion is a good way of cutting the onion.  Many are excellent, some meet expectations, and others are unacceptable.  Just keep in mind the lenses that we’ve got to measure the onion-slicing through, and you’ll do fine.

Speaking of onions…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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