What About an Emergency?


If you read my blog Broken Mayo & Adopting Change, you will be happy to hear I’ve learned from my mistakes and I’ve been making great paleo mayo. I could go on about the variations I’ve tried, but I’ll leave that to all the talented paleo bloggers I follow on Instagram.

Circling back to the lessons learned, my daughter Lauren, who was reluctant to experiment with making paleo mayo, has gained confidence in her abilities and mine. Armed with a nice, new immersion blender, let’s just say we got a little cocky.

One Sunday afternoon, I was making paleo mayo with the immersion blender for the second time. I’m not sure how it happened, but I lost my focus and suddenly mayo was flying everywhere. I was able to stop the madness before all my beautiful product was wasted, about half the batch.


“Oooh.” Lauren said when she saw me wiping parts of the kitchen that rarely get my attention. She sort of disappeared as I kept cleaning the mess.

I had a mini retrospective as I packed away the half batch of paleo mayo and stain treated my shirt. It was a case of operator error. For the 30 seconds or so that I needed to focus, I was already on to the next step, not mindful of what was in front of me. Next time, and oh there will be a next time, I will keep my focus.
It reminds me of when people tell you they need you to do something because it’s an emergency. That word seems to pull our focus away in a flash. And, we think we need to do something about it. Yes, there are true emergencies, but I’m talking about the ones that make us feel like we have to solve the problem. An established team or family used to working together may mistake something that is out of process, out of the value stream, for an emergency. They will go after it and work on it, only to find they lost their focus. That’s another form of being cocky.


As business and family leaders, it’s important to remember that just because someone tells you it is an emergency, doesn’t mean it is an emergency. And, it doesn’t mean it requires you or your team’s focus, even if there is mayo flung all over the wall.

It’s not being mean or uncaring, it’s being focused.

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