Un-Cramping The Kitchen
When you say two heads are better than one and collaboration is key, you scratch the surface of why a team can be more adept than a single person at hashing out an idea and executing a project.
But when too many of those key collaborators evolve into cooks in a cramped and musty kitchen, brainstorming becomes a tooth and nail death match for which ingredients in which proportions should be added when. The proverbial cramped cooks converse:
Cook 1: Two hard boiled eggs 10 seconds after the water’s boiling
Cook 2: its time for the sardines I wrapped them in prosciutto, bacon, and seaweed
Cook 3: I thought we all agreed red velvet cake batter was going to be our secret ingredient? I’m adding it!
Sounds crazy and disgusting. Even worse imagine a less crowded kitchen that affords each cook space to concoct to their own frankensteinian delight yet still required to combine their offering with their fellow chefs’ - one big, sloppy meal with myriad input and guttural results.
At a time like the above, someone has to stand back and say: What the hell are we cooking and why?
Define the core reason for a team and a project to exist. What is your purpose?
Without defined purpose our three cooks serve up stomach aches and gags for dinner; with it they craft a three-course meal to delight the most sophisticated palette.