Abandoning the Recipe

When a chef cooks something amazing, that dish isn’t amazing halfway through the recipe. Great cooking requires patience and discipline. The difference between good and great can be found in precise measurement and a strict adherence to the directions. Teams can learn from this. When they judge a project as “bad” because it’s not delivering the expected outcome halfway through the implementation process, we are like a chef who switches recipes half way through the preparation of a dish. The end result is not better because of our impatience. It will taste weird if it’s edible at all. Great implementation requires both patience and discipline to finish what we started in the time that is prescribed.

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