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Cucumbers, Pickles, Brine

It’s been a while since I read Gerry Weinberg’s “Secrets Of Consulting“, but the cucumber-pickle-brine story has been frequently appearing (uninvited, of course) in my mind. It goes something like this:

No matter how vehemently a cucumber says he/she will not turn into a pickle if dropped into a barrel of pickles filled with brine, he/she will get pickled. No exceptions.

When a DIC crosses the magical threshold into the land of privilege, the guild of management, the cucumber-to-pickle transformation is inevitable. From lowly wealth creator to status taker, schedule jockey, planner, watcher, controller, evaluator. Trouble is, most cucumbers want to get pickled.

  1. Ray
    June 21, 2010 at 7:16 am

    I like the story. It is so true. I have heard “I am not going to be like them.” so many times from co-workers crossing the line, only to sell out not too much later. It is like the “Body Snatches”.

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