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In my last post I gave a new definition of time management, though really time is among the least of our concerns. Recall from that post that ‘manage’ is not the same as ‘control.’ When we reframe the goals of management, the results can be striking. Pretend you’re a manager meeting with your employee:

  1. Listen with empathy.
  2. Ask yourself, “What unique talents and gifts can this person offer us?”
  3. “What factors could be preventing them from offering these gifts?”
  4. “How can I remove as many of these obstacles as possible?”
  5. “How can I provide the resources they need to bring their gifts to life?”
  6. “How can I reward them once they make their gifts a reality?”
  7. Return to Step 1 frequently.

I’m stressing the need for empowerment in our work, the need for more understanding and encouragement.

Every skill we have ever mastered began as a feeling of empowerment. Either we cultivated this within ourselves, or it was instilled in us by a teacher. We realized that this new approach would be valuable above and beyond our selfish wants and needs, and we took every step to incorporate it into our daily lives. Can we say the same about being directed? Would we expect a stellar outcome from simply being told what to do?

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Consider ‘teach’ in its best sense: pure empowerment blended with encouragement and understanding.

May this new recipe empower you.

A Japanese Salmon in Kentucky

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Inspired by Vital Choice and Bourbon Barrel Foods


  1. Blend Kentuckyaki, water, and persimmon.
  2. Combine all but sesame oil and salmon in a saucepan.
  3. Bring to boil and slowly simmer until a syrupy consistency is achieved, about a 50 percent reduction. Let cool completely.
  4. Add sesame oil and salmon and marinate for 1 hour.
  5. Remove salmon from marinade and gently reheat sauce.
  6. On a hot grill, cook salmon for about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Occasionally, brush the salmon with the sauce.

Spicy Cucumber Salad

  1. Blend together the wasabi, mirin, and ume plum paste.
  2. Slowly blend in sorghum, then whisk in oil.
  3. Toss the cucumbers with enough vinaigrette to coat completely.
  4. Lay grilled salmon on top of small pile of salad. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve immediately.

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