A month of Innovation – Day 16

Start with the basics

Start with the basics

“I started, actually, to make my first animated cartoon in 1920. Of course, they were very crude things then and I used sort of little puppet things.” Walt Disney

Here are the instructions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich:

  1. Take 2 slices of bread.
  2. Spread peanut butter on slice 1.
  3. Spread peanut butter on slice 2. This prevents jelly from leaking through the bread and making the sandwich squishy.
  4. Spread the appropriate amount of jelly on either slice.
  5. Put the 2 slices together and place in plastic sandwich bag.

I was good through step 2. Didn’t know about step 3 and I’ve been eating PBJs for . . . . let’s just say a long time.

How often do you go back to the basics for a review?

I thought I knew how to do it right all these years. Now I know how to do it better.

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7 Responses to A month of Innovation – Day 16

  1. jeff noel says:

    David, did you hear of this from Ben Reed? He’s the one that shared this with me years ago. He learned it at Disney.

    Second, sorry about the long posts, I ran out of time to write them shorter.

    • David says:

      Actually, it was David Mulvey who related the story in our People Management course. So simple it was one of those “aha” moments.

      • David says:

        I take it back. It was Ben Reed. I looked back over my notes and it was our session with Ben about “Traditions” where he mentioned it. Kudos to Ben!

  2. BKO says:

    like I say…”there is always room for improvement” and oh by the way – I had no clue about that either.

  3. Patty Hebert says:

    Hmmm… this might be the correct way by someone’s standards, but it’s not the only way. And through trail and discovery other innovative ways maybe discovered. But reading this post, several times, got me thinking about questioning authority and being willing to step out on a limb and try new things.

    Question, question and question…
    Think, think, think and then try… and try again.

    • David says:

      Definitely not the only way. But I had wondered about the dilemma about having the jelly seep through the bread. We make sandwiches for the whole week ahead of time and freeze them. Then, we take them out of the freezer on the morning that they take their lunch and they are thawed by lunch time.

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