Community Management is kind of like Cooking
Posted on 11 April 2011
Working on a new recipe tonight.
I’m making a stuffed flank steak. So far I’ve seasoned the meat with shallots, cilantro, ginger, lemongrass, garlic, Chilis, and lime juice. Also added some Gournay cow’s milk cheese, NOMS!
Next, I’m adding either Swiss chard or spinach and then some panko or other filler…rice maybe? Not sure.
That’s how I like to cook…with whatever I’ve got. It’s the same when managing a community. Sometimes you’ve got to make the best with what you’ve got! There is no recipe or measuring guide…it’s about taking inventory and putting it all on the line.
Sometimes you burn things, that just how things work. The truth is that you’ll never cook a really great dish and be able to call it your own if you’re following a recipe. All great recipes are culled from a bunch of failed ones! Keep doing YOUR thing but learn from your mistakes. With cooking it’s easy to figure out thatanchovies and strawberries don’t go together…it’s hard to make those types of determinations with a community. Take informed chances and risk something once in a while!
You’ll eventually come up with a really good recipe you’ll be able to use regardless if your in-laws OR your boss comes over for dinner.