I made a cheese souffle
Which opened a whole avenue of thoughts.
Success is a souffle—
Good management is a souffle—
Parenting is a souffle.
To do it right, you have to break some eggs.
But the principal thing is to create a structure
The right mixture of form and lightness
On which it will rise.
But do not meddle
Resist the urge to micromanage
And leave the thing alone to rise!
If you interfere
Or make a sudden thud, it will flatten.
I have spent years trying to perfect my souffles
Just like I have been trying to perfect me.
In both cases, they appear to have improved some,
They seem to deflate less often and rise higher.
So it is with our children
The “eggs will break”
Events will whip them
But if we build a structure
And are patient,
They will rise.
One can also become deflated,
But the structure remains
And all the elements that make us who we are
Do not go away.
The same applies to leadership.
Build the structure
And allow others to rise
Without too much interference
Until A thing of beauty can emerge.
Provide the structure, include the right elements, season with patience
And watch them rise!