My family owns a lake house in a gated golf community. For the first 20 years the resort existed, it thrived. Most of the owners had primary residences elsewhere and used their lake homes or condominiums at the resort for weekend golf outings or boating on the lake. The resort had golf and tennis professionals, who organized tournaments and gave lessons. The restaurant had fine dining and a pub, and they catered weddings and events.
The resort’s next 20 years were tumultuous. It underwent several management changes and the community’s population shifted to working class homeowners and renters.
I’ll bet no one has ever told you that effective leading is like making a good carbonara? You don’t believe me? Let’s step into the kitchen to learn more about leadership and managing people.
To create a silky carbonara sauce, you combine egg whites and pasta water in the correct proportion to egg yolks, pork fat and cheese. The egg yolks act as an emulsifier to bond the pork fat and cheese into the pasta water and egg white sauce. When done with the right timing, the proper heat, and quick whisking, you produce a creamy, flavorful sauce that perfectly coats the pasta and pancetta. If, however, you misstep on any one of these factors, you get pasta with scrambled eggs. Yuck.
In good times and in bad, leaders define a clear set of values and they live by them. They inspire a shared vision, and they enlist others in a common pursuit. Leaders are self-aware and they encourage others to challenge the status quo. They recruit new perspectives, value different processes and welcome experimentation and risk-taking.
Leaders foster collaboration and healthy debate to strengthen individuals and the team. Thus, talent development is a never-ending cycle where leaders celebrate the accomplishments of their staff by recognizing and rewarding those who embody the organization’s shared values and victories.
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