If it Looks Like a Duck…

DaiquiriStrawberry Daiquiri

Add 1 cup sugar to 1 cup boiling water to dissolve. Cool. Rinse and destem 1 cup fresh strawberries. Add strawberries, two to three tablespoons lime juice, and ¼ cup simple syrup to blender and puree. Pour into ice tray and freeze for future use. (Really, trust me, it’s much healthier than that premix stuff and much, much better). When frozen, add cubes to blender and add 3 ounces of white rum. Blend and serve in a hurricane glass with as gaudy a fruit garnish as you so desire.

DaiquiriAlso a Daiquiri

Shake 2 oz rum, 1 oz fresh lime juice, and 1 tsp simple syrup over ice, pour into a chilled glass, and serve.

If you’ve ordered a daiquiri in a family restaurant or pool side at Vegas in the last 20-30 years, chances are you received a blended concoction of ice, rum, and a pre-made syrup made from ingredients that would make your advanced chem professor blush. It’s sweet to the point of cloying, is vaguely reminiscent of a fruit without threatening to impact that level of the food pyramid, and the brain freeze is only the first wave of its assault on your head. Curiously, it scarcely resembles the classic daiquiri. The classic leans a bit more towards the sour citrus and, while potent, could be enjoyed in polite company. The thing is, if you ordered a daiquiri from a bar, you could receive either form and the bartender would not be wrong.

A recent project brought this to mind as a manager in a different discipline asked me to put together a program to accomplish a certain task. What I provided was precisely what he asked for, from an HR poi
nt of view, but not at all what he wanted, from his discipline’s viewpoint. Naturally, our diverse backgrounds led to the discrepancy between what was expected and what was produced, but had we clearly agreed upon why this project needed to be done, the result would have been closer. Was he incorrect in asking for what he asked? Except for a couple regulatory considerations he may not have been aware of, no. Was I wrong in providing what I provided? No, except that it didn’t suit his purpose.

Such challenges in communication are more common than we may realize. If I was to ask you, the reader, for a chair, I’m sure whatever you bring would fit the definition of a chair, but it could be completely impractical for what I had in mind. An ergonomic office chair may be ill-suited for the dining room table and the La-Z-Boy recliner bordering on absurd for sitting on the berm of a minor league baseball game. If, instead, I said I would like back support while watching a ball game, in just defining why, whatever you bring would be quite agreeable.

Consider the “why” in directing your subordinates, developing performance reviews, or considering projects.

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