Four-ish Reasons to Embrace Vagueness At Work

"Most families have one — that relative who makes the cake, or bakes the pie or cookies that everybody wants on holidays. In my family, it’s my mother Shelby. No matter how hard we try to recreate her recipe for pecan bars, they never end up tasting as good as hers. They make people swoon.

I’ve always wondered about this phenomenon, since baking is essentially just following instructions. You measure out the amounts, set the right temperature, and take things out of the oven when the timer goes off. It’s like a lab experiment. There are even beakers and thermometers made specially to help bakers be more precise.

So what’s the difference between an adequate cake and a great one? Not precision, but vagueness." Read more

Beth Comstock Medium 20 Mar 2017

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