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postheadericon Leadership and the art of cutting a grapefruit

What is the connection between Leadership and the art of cutting a grapefruit?

When you cut a grapefruit you first cut it in half.
Then you cut the different compartments and you cut around the edge. On mornings when you feel stressed or impatient you’d prefer to skip the whole thing and simply eat a bagel or an English muffin. To hell with the grapefruit. It takes too long.

Why is that?

Because the grapefruit requires your patience and attention to detail. You don’t get to enjoy it unless you did your job well. And you won’t enjoy eating it if you’re still stressed when you are scooping it into your mouth.

Leadership works in similar ways. It requires patience and attention to detail. You don’t get to enjoy it unless you’ve done your job well, and you won’t enjoy being in a position of leadership if you are stressed when doing the actual work.

So tomorrow morning, get yourself a grapefruit and slowly cut it in half. You might be surprised by how good leadership can taste when eaten mindfully.

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