Creating unlikely allies is one way a project, idea or concept can get noticed and garner more acceptance. People stop and take note because they’re thrown off guard by the combination of individuals or groups that are supporting the initiative. A while back when launching a Customer Satisfaction initiative, I enlisted the support of our General Counsel and the manager of our mechanics and fleet. Was it an odd combination? Yes! And that was absolutely a contributing factor to the project success. Others wondered where this diverse group of leaders had found common ground and that resulted in a greater willingness to listen and ultimately, more acceptance. Where else have we seen unlikely allies? Cindy McCain and gay marriage? The Publican and the Pharisee? A utility executive and community supportive agriculture?
When our CSA delivery came on Thursday it included a myriad of greens rich in calcium and vitamin C like collards, arugula, spinach and lettuce. There was also a bunch of shiny hakurei turnips. Small, sweet, and dense – I love their texture and their taste. They’re nuttier than the traditional turnip varieties but still a challenge to present for a family dinner. However if I pair them with something that others aren’t expecting, it will raise curiosity and get more attention, buzz, review and possibly eating. Unlikely allies work in the kitchen as well.
What are you working on where enlisting an unlikely ally will contribute to greater success?
Hakurei Turnips and Greens
- Hakurei turnips (1.5 cups scrubbed and quartered)
- Greens (at least one pound – I like dinosaur kale torn from the stems)
- 1.5 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp Tamari or Soy Sauce
- Pinch of sea salt
- Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- 3 Tbsp toasted sliced almonds