Thursday, August 16, 2018

How to Try New Things

(Transcript from Temi)

Hi. I just got back from the Korean grocery store. One of the great things about living in the DC area is that we have a number of fantastic international grocery stores and digging through these things is one of my absolute favorite things to do and one of the things I’d love to do on at the Asian grocery store is pick out some vegetable or some product that I’ve never actually tried before.

This particular plant is Taiwanese spinach and this one’s a little more of a calculated risk than some of the things that I pick up.

One, I was able to discern that yes, this is spinach and two, I’ve got a rough idea of how to handle greens or how to cook greens, but I have no idea how this is going to behave when I cook it and I don’t particularly know what it tastes like.

And so far the only thing I can come up with is spinach with a little bit of soap. So this might not be a repeat purchase, but my plan for this particular bunch of greens is to put it in soup so I’ll be able to mask any soapiness out of this.

This really speaks to risk and taking risks and trying new things. It could be as simple as doing this in your personal life first were and in a small scale like going to the grocery store and picking up something brand new that you’ve never tasted before or never tried before.

You don’t have to buy a ton of it. You don’t even really have to eat all of it. You could taste it and come up with a calculated reason why you don’t like it.

One, you can now say you’ve tried it and you don’t like it, and two, you can explain why that is.

Or you’ve discovered something that you really enjoy.

You can do the same thing in your business – find a really small technique that you’ve never tried before.

When you’re managing your project or you’re working with your team, something really low risk and experiment with it. Talk to your team afterwards. Then you’ll have an educated reason as to why you did like the technique or you didn’t like the technique.

So whether it’s doing standup meetings where you have your developers lead those meetings and you can see what’s working, what’s not and why.

And if you decide to not do that again, you’ll at least know why you didn’t want to do it again.

Thank you. And I hope this helps.

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