Mayonnaise Holds the Secret to Your Success

by Joe Lavelle on March 18, 2010

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When you consider the relationship that exists between your co-workers, your employer, and yourself, what is the first word that comes to mind?  If you’re in a good working environment, you may think of terms like “collegial,” “productive,” or “supportive.”  If you cannot wait to leave the office every day, perhaps words such as “animosity,” “backstabbing,” or “unpleasant” are associated with your job.  Whether you run to your desk excited by what the day holds or spend every lunch hour searching the want ads for a new job, I imagine that “mayonnaise” is not one of the words that you automatically associate with your working relationships.  However, the popular condiment offers a perfect analogy for the dynamic that exists between those in your professional world.

In my book Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail, I devote a section of my book to developing the comparison of making mayonnaise to fostering relationships in the workplace.  I share that while mayonnaise may only have a few ingredients, the preparation of the final product takes time, effort, and patience.  Left alone to their own natural inclinations, oil and water-based elements do not gel into one product.  The ingredients require fat molecules to hold them together.

You are the fat molecule in your office, or at least you should be.

When you take the time to understand your boss’ job and the challenges he faces, you are able to be a more valuable employee.  You will be able to take the lead in holding your team of co-workers together and be the conduit for effective communication.

Where could your boss use some assistance in moving the team members forward?  What areas of leadership are waiting to be filled in your company?  Find out where your fat molecule can be most effective and make a name for yourself.

I’ve offered one food comparison; I’m sure you can think of others.  What food comes to mind when you think about the group dynamics in your office?  This could be interesting…

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