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Finding the best knife: Shun vs. Masahiro

My wife loves to cook, and she’s always talking about how she wishes she had better knives.  So we decided to go out and find the very best knives we could for a budget not to exceed $500.

Now, if you think spending upwards of $500 on knives, this review probably isn’t for you.  For most of us, the standard knives we receive in a box set work well enough.  But for someone like my wife who cooks all the time, having a few really good knives makes a world of difference.  Personally, I don’t cook enough to even understand the difference in knives, so I set out to get educated as a first step.

I enlisted the help of my friend Haidar, an award-winning professional chef at Proof, an award-winning DC restaurant known for its cuisine.  In fact, Haidar recently won an Iron Chef-style “Capital Food Fight” competition hosted by Anthony Bourdain and cooking legend José Andrés.

In Haidar’s professional chef world, he uses knives are so good they are can be used to cut sushi, and are only sharpened on one side.

Do the Team a Favor-Get Rid of the Loser

On A Driver Minded Guy Living in a Passenger Minded World

If there is one thing that sends my blood pressure into orbit quicker than getting pulled over by a cop, it's managers who say, "But I can't get rid of them." Um, to quote the recent presidential campaign, YES YOU CAN and to add to it, YES YOU SHOULD!

Robert Weinberg’s book on cancer, “One Renegade Cell” he emphasizes how many bizarre things must happen for a cancer cell to be produced, implanted and eventually, silently, and mysteriously grow to such proportions that it threatens the very existence of its host. With this in mind, we will briefly explore the various phases which neoplasms go through on their way to becoming a life threatening malignancy to your organization.

Before getting into what you should do, let's get into what you should look for. Think over your team for a moment. Make a T-Chart. On one side of the chart, write down the list of people on your team whom you would lose sleep over if they turned a resignation in tomorrow. On the other side, write down a list of those on your team you find yourself secretly smiling at the prospect of them resigning. Now that you know the who...

The truth is, team members who are not engaged are a drag on momentum. Either through vocal disapproval of progress or the gregarious, often secretive, act of digging their heels in against forward movement, these team members drag any successful effort you plan into the ground. I know from experience as a performer, I want my leader to rid the team of such people and when they don't, it makes me question, "So why am I working so hard when obviously it's not a real mandate?"

On the flipside, I have also been one of those against progress. Looking back to a job early in my career, I was one of those who needed to be drop kicked off the cliff. Now, I was a performer. Not being cocky, but I was the top performer on my team from a quantitative point of view. However, when things did not go my way, my attitude was cancerous. I was the one who secretly plotted against plans I did not buy into and even at times, made it a point to let everyone know vocally my disapproval. Looking back, I now understand and am grateful I was pushed out. Although I resigned, (to have the last word) the reality was, I pushed myself out through my own actions. To be honest, it was the best learning lesson I had professionally.

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