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Are You the Soup or the Spoon?

By steve - Posted on 11 October 2011

"A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom."
--Welsh Proverb

"Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor."
--Marge Kennedy

When you are working on a project, you'll want to know which role you are in. If you are a team member, you are the soup. When you are the leader or project manager, you are the spoon.

Each has its role...

When you are the soup, you are the potato, cream, or herbs that are all coming together to make something greater than any one thing (otherwise you would be eating just that part). The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That is true, if the team is put together in a way that makes sense and all right the players are invited to the party.

When you are the spoon, you are there to help things blend, to stir things up, and to keep things from sticking.

It is impossible to make a soup without the components. It is equally impossible to properly blend and complete the soup without a spoon (or ladle or stick or what-have-you). You need both.

Just remember, almost no one likes being beaten with a spoon. Slow and gentle with the right amount of attention makes the difference.

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