I also hated the movie Shrek – thought it was highly overrated and took the easy route in most of its jokes at Disney.
But, I digress.
In this annoying movie, Mike Myers – er, Shrek – made one heck of a point using my least favorite white vegetable:
Shrek: For your information, there's a lot more to ogres than people think.
Shrek: Example... uh... ogres are like onions!
[holds up an onion, which Donkey sniffs]
Donkey: They stink?
Shrek: Yes... No!
Donkey: Oh, they make you cry?
Donkey: Oh, you leave 'em out in the sun, they get all brown, start sproutin' little white hairs...
Shrek: [peels an onion] NO! Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers.
Yep – as much as I hate onions and Shrek, he made me think.
And, when HMA held a staff team building day this past summer, as I learned more about my colleagues as people – what drives them, who drives them, why they are driven – all I could think about was what big, layery onions they all were.
I also find myself seeing the former strangers I engage with in the social media world on a regular basis with as onions most of the time too.
So, I have a pretty simple goal each day as a result – peel some layers.
I do this by asking questions, making jokes and showing off my own layers when I can.
So, today’s tip is dedicated to a terrible movie, a terrible vegetable and a good idea – peel those layers!