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Last Updated on January 12, 2018

What Is The Recipe For Success? These Famous Chefs Will Show You

What Is The Recipe For Success? These Famous Chefs Will Show You

Some of the most famous chefs in the world turn the concept of information-sharing on its head. You’re probably familiar with culinary greats like Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Julia Child or Kylie Kwong. Their successful cooking shows, recipe books, and restaurants have made them household names.

However, being really good at cooking doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be a famous chef. These chefs became famous because they’re honest about their cooking. Instead of guarding their best cooking tips, they share them with the world. They bring viewers into their kitchens and teach them how to emulate their success. They take questions and receive feedback.

The way chefs openly share information is an excellent model for how we could all be more successful through greater transparency and honesty. Their success is directly related to how delicious their food is and how well other people can replicate what they’ve done.

When you’re at work, do you feel that your boss mentors you? Does the company offer you resources so that you can grow? For those in management positions, do you find yourself guarding your techniques for success, or do you openly share best practices with colleagues and employees?

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Cutthroat practices won’t get you ahead

Competition to be the best is intense these days. Good jobs are hard to come by, and many people feel that they need to be sharks to get ahead. People who are successful may be tempted to keep what they’ve learned to themselves.

This aggressive environment breeds paranoia. After working so hard to get to the top, it’s understandable that some people may not want to make it easy for individuals they view as competition.

The problem is, that’s small thinking. You may benefit in the short-term from adopting such a mindset, but in the long-run nobody gains anything. Without mentorship and the open exchange of ideas, companies don’t thrive. It’s important for leaders to help their subordinates grow so that the company can grow as well.

Chefs know the recipe for success

Chefs give away their best cooking tips day and night, but there can be only one Gordon Ramsey or Julia Child. Despite the fact that everyone is eating, these famous chefs aren’t losing their jobs to their viewers. Their life’s work is to help others grow their knowledge. We can adopt this mentorship model regardless of our work environment.

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Cooking celebrities don’t worry about losing out because they know that recipes and methods are only small parts of the equation. Their unique personalities and experiences mean that even if a viewer mastered all their techniques, they aren’t going to put them out of business.

Encouraging others to emulate our success requires us to believe in ourselves. We have to have the confidence to know that even if we train someone to follow in our footsteps, that doesn’t mean that they are going to be better than us or try to take our jobs.

Instead, the success of our mentees is a mark of our own success. As we show colleagues and employees best-practices, we should also continue to grow our skill sets. It’s gratifying to think that the next generation of workers can benefit from our experiences. Meanwhile, we know that individuals bring something unique to the position that can’t be replicated easily.

Just like most celebrity chefs explain cooking techniques so that anyone can understand them, we have to remember to be inclusive. By inviting new people into the fold, we banish the notion of exclusivity, and all the negativity that comes with it.

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You’ll grow more by helping others

Approaching coworkers with a collaborative spirit not only makes your work environment more pleasant –it also makes you an asset to the company. There are a few simple ways that you can start developing this positive culture today.

1. Be a mentor

Take the opportunity to mentor someone at work. Find a buddy or a group that you can work with so that you can push each other to grow. Create a safe place for giving and receiving feedback and passing along best practices.

2. Make your intention to help others known

Many people are too shy to ask for help, or they don’t realize how much they could benefit from working with someone. Let others know that you’re willing to support their growth or give constructive feedback if they’re interested. When they need a second set of eyes on their work, they’ll know that you’re the right person to talk to.

3. Be transparent

Being secretive and having a hidden agenda leads to a lack of trust. If you’re open and honest, people will see that you don’t have hidden motives.

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Cultures of success are built on open sharing

Happy employees don’t go through their days worried about office politics or their colleagues’ ulterior motives. Like chefs on TV, they openly share what they know so that everyone thrives.

Featured photo credit: Brad Neathery/ Freely via freelyphotos.com

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

How bad really is multitasking?

It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

So what to do about it?

Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

Now, forget about how to multitask!

Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

1. Get enough rest

When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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2. Plan your day

When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

4. When at your desk, do work

We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

5. Learn to say no

Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

6. Turn off notifications on your computer

For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

The bottom line

Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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