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Courageous Training by Robert Brinkerhoff, Tim Mooney

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6Pillar #4: Tell It Like It Is with Truthful Measurement and Evaluation

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There’s an old but still poignant story that goes like this: A young newly wed couple was preparing a large ham to roast for Sunday dinner. As the wife was putting the seasoned ham into the pan for baking, the husband asked: “Aren’t you going to cut the end off it?” The wife asked him what he meant and why she should do that. The husband replied that cutting off the end from the ham was the way he had always seen his mother cook hams. Her cooking confidence now shaken, the wife called the husband’s mother to query her about this ham-lopping practice. The mother replied that she had learned this from her mother but couldn’t recall ever knowing the reason. The new bride ...

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