How many of your extended team members are also allergic to bullshit?

Usually when I have a new and interesting culinary experience, I share my peanut allergy and my eggplant allergy. However lately, I’ve been giving peanuts another go for two reasons: one, I’m lazy and two, the tiny allergic reaction I get could be coincidence. Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a third allergy which despite my bucking hay, picking grapes and re-roofing a house I had no experience with. Lo and behold, I’m allergic to bullshit.

What’s this allergy mean for my life, my work and my kids?

It’s fairly straightforward, but, if you aren’t allergic to bullshit, this might give you a different kind of reaction. The bullshit free perspective originates from a state of intellectual curiosity. What this means is that you’re interested and excited about the idea that there are even better ideas out there. Plato, Aristotle and Kant all have invaluable perspectives on life. If you are asking yourself, “WTF, where is Descartes?” – it’s because while his influence was present in many classes, his surname is that much harder to spell 😉 Lesson learned: if you can avoid it, don’t have a difficult to spell surname 😉

There is a Pixar movie called, “Ratatouille,” about a rat who is a bonafide foodie. His culinary skills are epic, his palate legendary and he’s also allergic to bullshit. It’s a cute movie but the must not miss lesson is near the end, a direct outcome of the human chef who has taken all the credit for the rat’s work thus far. At the end of the day, we’re all individuals. We need to own up and be accountable for our choices, the good and the bad.

Sometimes, I am so numbers focused I miss the human component. If you are here, like me, to learn how to create a better tomorrow, I have a succinct piece of advice on this topic. Stay curious, my friends. Once you understand the broader team’s POV, the easier it will be to execute on the right strategy.