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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.

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Last Updated on November 14, 2018

Have You Fallen Into the ‘Busy’ Trap? Here’s Your Way Out

Have You Fallen Into the ‘Busy’ Trap? Here’s Your Way Out

Do you find yourself constantly feeling busy? Or, maybe you feel like you have too much on your plate? Perhaps you have a to-do list with no end in sight, or many responsibilities to juggle on a daily basis at work. When you get home, you have household responsibilities to take care of, too, and it just seems like you never have much time for a breather.

Being busy is good, it’s better than not having anything to do and letting time slip away. But, what many people don’t realize is, being busy doesn’t always mean you’re being productive. The more time you take to complete something does not equal to more success. Many people end up falling into this trap as they pack their day with tasks and errands that may sometimes produce little outcome or output for the effort that they’ve put in.

For example, let’s say that your washing machine at home broke down and you need to fix it. Instead of calling the handyman to come, your husband decides he’s going to fix the machine. He ends up spending half a day figuring out the machine, and does eventually fix it. He did however have to make a trip to the tool shop to buy some extra tools and parts for the machine. Now, if you had called the handy man, it would probably have taken the handyman much less time, and he would have all the necessary tools and parts already, because that is his job. So in this instance, was your husband’s time and effort worth it? Oh, and because he took half the day fixing the machine, you now had to take over his duties of dropping the kids off at soccer and swim practice.

We Need Not Be That Busy

I hope you would agree, that it would have been ideal to delegate this task to the handyman. That would have saved you time and effort, so that you and your husband could focus on doing other things that were more important to you, like being there for your kids or spending time with each other. This is just one example of how we often impose busyness on ourselves without us even realizing it.

But, I’m going to show you just how you can gain quality time from external sources. Whatever big goals or ambitions that you may have, it’s normal for them to involve a lot more of your time than you first expect. I’m talking about things like starting a new business, changing careers, perhaps even moving to a new city. New challenges often involve things that are outside of our experience and expertise, so covering all the bases ourselves is sometimes not feasible as it takes too much time to learn and do everything.

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You Are Just One Person

At the end of the day, you are just one person, and you have a limited amount of time. So, you have to do things that are meaningful to you. While an overall goal may be meaningful, not all of the milestones needed to get there may be meaningful. Because we all have our strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, not every task will be enjoyable or all fun & games. Some simply require pure willpower and discipline to grind through. And that is where delegation comes in.

What is Delegation?

You may hear this term a lot in the business or corporate world; it’s an effective way for managers to distribute (or sometimes avoid!) work. But, that’s not what I’m referring to. Instead, delegation means leveraging time from an outside source to give you opportunities to increase your quality time. By outside source, we simply mean that it’s not your own time that you’re spending.

What Should You Delegate?

To delegate effectively, it has to be done with deliberate intention. So the aim of delegation is to create more quality time for yourself. There are 3 types of tasks that you should generally delegate, called the Delegation Triangle.

The first are tasks you don’t enjoy doing. These are things that you know how to do, but don’t enjoy. Second, are tasks you shouldn’t do. These are things you know how to do and may even enjoy, but may not be the best use of your time. Third, are tasks you can’t do. These are things that need doing, but you don’t have the skills or expertise to follow through with them at this moment.

Have a look through your daily tasks and responsibilities, and see if you can fit them under these 3 categories.

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Pitfalls of Delegation

Using the Delegation Triangle, you can decide which tasks are worth delegating. In theory, it might look easy to sort actions at first glance; but often, it’s actually harder than you think! 

One such example, is diverting time on tasks you shouldn’t do. Let’s go back to the washing machine example. Your husband decides to fix it on his own instead of simply getting an expert to fix it. Why? Because it’s probably a challenge he enjoys, and it’s an accomplishment that would bring him satisfaction. However, if the value of the task is too low, you really ought to delegate it to others.

Sometimes, when you have a larger goal in mind, you might have to sacrifice some actions in return for making progress. Always think about the bigger picture! One thing that can help you avoid this pitfall is to keep your deadlines in mind whenever you set milestones for a project or task.

Deadlines are a commitment to yourself, and every bit of time is precious. So if an activity you’re focusing on is taking time away from progress towards your goal, it may be time to let go of it for now. You can always decide to pick it up again later.

Then there’s the other extreme of delegation. And that’s when you start delegating everything you dislike doing to external sources.Sometimes it’s tempting to abuse delegation and get carried away outsourcing everything on your “don’t like doing” list.

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Some people are too picky on what they’re going to do. But sometimes, if you don’t like doing so but you’re the only one who can do it, you still need to finish the job. At the end of the day, it does take your own hard work and effort to achieve the success you want.

So if you find that you’re constantly running into this problem of over delegating, then it may be time to re-evaluate your motivation, or reason for doing whatever it is that you’re doing.

Ask yourself, “Is this task contributing towards a meaningful objective that I want to achieve?” and “what kind of progress do I make each time I carry out the task myself?” If the task is both meaningful and creates progress, then the next step is to ask yourself questions that can help you create actions.

What obstacles are causing you to avoid this task? Is it because of low confidence in your ability? Do you think someone else can do a better job? Is it your level of focus? Or is there an alternative action you can take that can produce the same results?

Take Action Now

Take a look at your current tasks or to-do’s that you have planned this week. Which tasks are possible candidates that fall under the Delegation Triangle? Are there any that fall under the pitfalls mentioned above? Which tasks can you immediately identify that should be delegated out right now?

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I hope this exercise helps declutter your tasks and responsibilities a little and allows you to see how much more time you can be saving for more important things. But, this is not the end of delegation. After you’ve sorted out the tasks that can be delegated, the next step is to determine who it should be delegated to. Besides people like your co workers, or spouse/family members, did you know that there is a whole delegating industry out there?

If you’re keen to learn more about this delegating industry, and find out how you can decide who’s the best fit to do your delegated tasks, subscribe to our newsletter today. We will help you discover many more skills that will boost your productivity by leaps and bounds!

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