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Simplicity: Evidence of Mastery

March 31st, 2011

Mostly Martha is beautiful film about a chef in Hamburg, Germany. At the beginning of the film, Martha, played by Martina Gedeck, makes the following observation about the best chefs:

One knows a good chef by the quality of his simplest dishes.

Take for instance salmon in a light basil sauce. Most people think it’s no big deal and put it on the menu. But frying or steaming a salmon just right and putting the right amount of salt and spices in the sauce is very difficult.

In this recipe there is nothing to distract you. No design. No exotic ingredients. There’s only the fish. And the sauce. The fish and the sauce.

The evidence of mastery is our ability to deliberately omit exotic, distracting ingredients. What remains is something people can savor for its simplicity and potent flavors.

    New People Change People site

    February 25th, 2011

    I recently decided to make some changes to the People Change People website. A desire to make the site as accessible and resourceful as possible motivated the changes. Visitors can now immediately dive into the site’s content. In this process I had to—to rephrase a popular Faulkner quote—lie to rest some of my darlings. That’s okay, so long as you all find it useful. Welcome and enjoy.

    -Andrew

      People Change People Podcast – Episode #3

      March 2nd, 2010

      Authentic people are peculiar. I’m using the word “peculiar” here to denote the quality of being magnetic to others. I just did a mental survey of people whom I would say I know pretty well. Without exception I noticed two things they have in common. First, they’re peculiar; every last one of them. Second, it is their peculiarity that draws me to them. Presumably it is my peculiarity that serves as a bonding agent as well. Why? Because peculiarity is central to being authentic. It raises our connectivity quotient to new levels.

      I hope you enjoy this episode, and would love to know how you do with the action item I present here. Just send me a note at andrew@peoplechangepeople.com