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Goodbye Baked Ham

by Mike Rollings  |  November 28, 2012  |  Comments Off on Goodbye Baked Ham

Zig Ziglar died today.

The title may make instant sense to his followers or to those of you that have heard me tell his story about baked ham. It’s about his wife sawing the end off of a roast before baking because she thinks it creates a better roast. But when they call the originator of the ritual, her grandmother, she says that she did it because her roaster was too small.

It is a story about doing the same thing you always have done even if you don’t know why you do it anymore. As a dedication to Zig Ziglar we should all pause and think about the rituals we perform unwittingly and ask ourselves “Why did I start doing that in the first place?” and “Have the conditions changed under which that made sense to do?”

Thanks for the memorable stories Zig!


Also see Seth Godin’s blog

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Category: altered-states  contextual-strategist  human-behavior  management  transformation  

Tags: behavior  communication  production-mindset  transformation  

Mike Rollings
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5 years at Gartner
28 years IT industry

Mike Rollings is VP of Gartner Research within the Professional Effectiveness team. His research discusses what IT professionals need to know about transformation, innovation, human behavior, contextual strategy, collaborative organizational change, communication and influence, and cross-discipline effectiveness . His research can be read by IT professionals with access to Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) research. Read Full Bio

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