I learned two lessons in college that I still think about – one in the kitchen and one as a strategy execution consultant. My professor claimed during a cell biology lesson that if you leave iceberg lettuce in water for about 20 minutes its cells expand as they soak up the water. He said that many chefs knew that soaking lettuce in cold water made it seem fresher and crunchier but few understood that it was because the cells were packed to the bursting point.
Are your employees strategic thinkers? Are you? How can you tell? How one answers one question is a dead giveaway.
We receive the funniest “help me!” calls here at the Institute. While they probably aren’t good enough for their own reality show, these calls do provide us with some comic relief around here.
Recently, we fielded another call to add to our “are you kidding me?” file.
Umiaq is defined as a large open Inuit or Eskimo boat made of skins stretched on a wooden frame, usually propelled by paddles. I looked it up only because my Words with Friends opponent just played that word. There are several possible explanations for this move. Maybe my friend of many years has recently become an expert in the Inuit culture. Maybe his linguistic genius is...
During the years we lived in Canada, my family became fond of Canadian Heritage Moments. These were sixty-second vignettes that depicted formative moments in Canadian history. One of my favorites has the intrepid French explorer Jacques Cartier arriving in the valley of the St. Lawrence River in the year 1534 and encountering a group of Iroquois.