When we see or experience two people or two concepts that are silky smooth, fine tuned, natural, beautiful….we may say (or hear), “you know…they’re like Fred and Ginger.” Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers knew how to dance.
In Culture isn’t enough, the Fred and Ginger are Culture AND Brand.
Timely, especially as we work on our company meeting agenda where the word “brand” is spotlighted.
On the topic of Culture, it’s true, “happy, engaged employees do indeed produce better results.” Employees get and stay engaged for a variety of reasons. Having the chance to do what you do best every day, hearing appreciation, getting coaching and honest feedback so you can grow and be successful…the things that turn you on, turn on your team, too.
“But if you want to do more than survive — if you want to increase your competitiveness, to create real value for your customers and employees, to future-proof your business — having a good, generic culture isn’t enough. You should cultivate a culture that is aligned and integrated with your brand.”
How to do this:
1. Adopt a single brand purpose to inspire, focus, and guide everything your organization does. Start with why your organization exists (not what you do or how you do it). And why is NEVER “to make money.” Customers do not seek us out because we do something to make money. MG’s why? Articulated by many in many different ways — but all seem to center around wanting to make lives better (our customers, our employees, our growers, and on and on).
2. Articulate one set of core values and use them to shape what you do inside your organization and out.
3. Check in on how you are doing. Are you performing well in both areas? Are employees engaged and feeling good about their work; and are you making lives better every day?
Can you hear the music and see the silhouettes gliding across the dance floor?
1-2 red beets
1-2 golden beets
2T fresh mint, thinly sliced
1/4c pistachios, chopped
1/4c fresh orange juice
1T white balsamic vinegar
1T local honey
2T olive oil
to taste s&p
1. Spiralize beets, cut beet noodles in half
2. Place beets in bowl with mint & pistachios
3. Combine dressing ingredients in jar, shake to blend
4. Pour dressing over beets, toss
Note: can prep the day before, but wait to combine with dressing until close to serving
I love our mantra, Make a Difference Every Day. I love wearing my MG tee shirt that reminds me to set this daily intention and helps me share the message with everyone around me. And yet, sometimes, I fall into the trap of measuring the difference on the wrong scale. While some days it’s huge — something you plan for, commit to, and do (like organizing a full day of service in your community; helping build a Habitat house, etc.); the rest of the days, it’s not.
“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”
— Marion Wright Edelman
And that’s what makes this mindset…and our actions that support it, every day…so magical.
6 slices thick cut bacon, chopped
4 cans, 1 ea: cannellini, black, kidney, pinto
3 ripe peaches, chopped
1½c bbq sauce
½c maple syrup
½c bourbon or apple cider
1/4c balsamic vinegar
2T grainy dijon
1t ea chili powder, smoked paprika, ginger
to taste s&p
chopped fresh basil
1. In dutch oven, cook bacon until crisp, 5 mins
2. Add other ingredients, stir well
3. Bake on 350°F for 45 mins
4. Garnish with fresh basil
Life will always have contrast to it. Day, night. Joy, grief. Beginner, expert. Hot, cold.
Some days we feel like we’re “in the groove” – everything is falling into place and going well. And some days — well — just the opposite.
When someone comes to you and says, “this isn’t working, things are bad,” what do you do?
From Don’t say ‘it’s not that bad’ to someone who thinks it’s bad:
Say, “you know, you’re right.” And then ask,
Treat people who think things are bad like intelligent competent team members (because hopefully they are!)
1lg fresh avocado, diced
1c strawberries, diced
1lg navel oranges. diced
1/2c grape halves
1/4c red onion, finely diced
½t+ jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely diced
1½T fresh lime juice
1½T olive oil
3T fresh cilantro, chopped
1. Combine all ingredients, stir in avocado last, chill
Great accompaniment to fish, chicken & pork dishes!
“Treat others as you would have them treat you.” That’s a modern adaptation of the Golden Rule and one that we’ve probably heard a number of times throughout our life. It’s an ok model. Certainly better than treating others worse than you would have them treat you. But, this article suggests the Golden Rule doesn’t work as well as we may think.
Why is that ineffective? Because it’s based on just this teeny, tiny assumption that the whole universe wants to be treated the way I want to be treated. That’s not the case. We’ve got to learn how to treat others as they want to be treated, which is the Platinum Rule.
We all see the world through our own filters. These filters are unique to us and while we know they must exist, most of us are unaware of them as we move through our day to day interactions.
“Filter – shift” is a concept where we learn to recognize our individual filters and shift our behaviors or responses to them (in other words, our bias) so we can be more effective and have better relationships with one another.
2lbs ripe plum tomatoes, cut ½
2 cloves garlic, whole
1 carrot, large pieces
1 med onion, thick slices
1-2T brown sugar
2T olive oil
to taste s&p
2c veggie stock
4T basil pesto
touch of half & half, optional
fresh basil, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. Toss tomatoes, garlic & onions with oil, sugar, s&p
3. Spread in 1 layer on baking sheet, roast 30 mins
4. Transfer to large pot, add veggie broth, bring to boil
5. Reduce heat, simmer 20 mins, reducing liquid by ⅓
6. Stir in pesto
7. Using immersion blender, purée until smooth
8. Can add “touch of” half & half for more creaminess
9. Garnish with freshly chopped basil
You can be less wasteful. Guaranteed. Wasteful of what, you might ask. Lots of things. But, let’s start with food.
You’ve heard this before: 40% of edible food ends up in the trash. Globally, about 1.3 billion…TONS. So much…it’s hard to even imagine, but let’s try. An average elephant weighs 4 tons. That’s 325 million elephants worth of good food in the trash. Still hard to imagine. The average skyscraper weighs 222 tons. That’s 5,842 skyscrapers. Did that help, or are you still mind-boggled? It’s tempting when we see or hear something that is unsettling to just walk away from it…to try to put it out of our mind because we feel bad about it.
Salt & Straw is a small ice cream shop in Portland, Oregon, and they are whipping up some new flavors using food bound for the trashcan. Get inspired to be less wasteful, to find a way to use ALL of your edible food and to have nearly nothing end up in the trash.
2T olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2½c cooked, chilled quinoa
14oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
3lg eggs, beaten
½t fine sea salt
1/3c fresh chives, chopped
1/4c grated parmesan
1/4c goat cheese
2c gluten free bread crumbs
1T olive oil or clarified butter
1. Combine quinoa, eggs, black beans & salt in bowl
2. Lightly sautée onion & garlic in oil, DO NOT brown
3. Add onions to quinoa, stir in other ingredients (except oil/butter)
4. Form into 12, 2″ patties. Best chilled before cooking
5. Heat oil/butter in skillet, med high, sautée 3 mins per side
Serve with red onion marmalade, tomato chutney, and/or horseradish cream