You may have read recently about the tragic closure of “Crumbs,” a cupcake bakery. And the subsequent rumor of it’s reopening.
Cupcakes stores like Crumbs, Sprinkles, Georgetown Cupcakes and Cream and Flutter popped up all over the country in recent years. In his excellent book, The Tastemakers, author David Sax blames it on the television show, Sex in the City.
Not so much blames as credits. Cupcakes became trendy when Carrie Bradshaw drowned her love-loss sorrows in a giant frosting topped cupcake from Magnolia in NYC. And suddenly the world went cupcake-mad.
Cupcakes. Siracha. Kale. Quinoa. Some food trends are more tasty than others.
Just like food, trends in business come and go. In a scary world where bad things seem to happen with greater frequency, let’s start our own revolutionary trends:1. Kindness. Let’s be kind to one another. Let’s be kind to our employees. Let’s be kind to our customers. Kindness can change every exchange from one of contention to one of cooperation.
2. Clarity. Let’s choose our words carefully. Let’s edit our ads to be clear instead of clever. Let’s back off on the fine print. Let’s mean what we say.
3. Generosity. Let’s practice a spirit of generosity. Let’s give. Let’s volunteer. Let’s advocate on behalf of those less fortunate. Let’s give away the truths we have learned.
4. Wisdom. Let’s exercise wisdom in our decision making. Let’s learn from our mistakes. Let’s seek counsel from those who know more than we do.
5. Humility. Let’s assume we are wrong more often. Let’s say “I’m sorry” more easily. Let’s be more “you” than “me” in in our attitudes and thoughts.
What trends would you like to start? Let us know in the comment section so we can be in this revolution together.
And by all means, let’s eat more cupcakes.
Enio Mascherin says
Listen. Let’s hear what others are saying before we reply. Let’s listen for ways to work together toward the goal. Lets listen, acknowledge, and advance ideas without the concern of taking credit.
Lynn Miles Peisker says
Enio – I LOVE this one. Essential! Thanks for posting.