A Banana Split
"Overweight: when everything you eat goes to waist."

-Paul Harlan Collins

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Focus on Turnaround


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Cheesecake By Stages

4 eggs
4 8-ounce packages of cream cheese (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla
2 tablespoons of flour
Mix until creamy

1 4-ounce package of sour cream
1 teaspoon of almond extract
1 teaspoon of lemon extract
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla

1/3 cup of melted butter
1 3/4 cup of graham cracker crumbs
dash of cinnamon
1 1/4 cup sugar

Prepare the graham cracker mix and press into a sponge cake pan. Pour the cream cheese mix into the cracker mix. Bake for 55 minutes at 350 degrees or until the top of the cake cracks. Top with sour cream mix and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Allow to cool for at least two hours before topping with your favorite fruit.

Reinvention organizations are like cheesecake recipes. You must take the organizations through various stages of development. When the stages are complete, you must still do a lot of blending, mixing, and fine tuning. What you have at the end is something wonderful.

"Dessert store on the endangered list: Custard's Last Stand."

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A Bowl of Icecream

Flavor of the Month

A well known, nationally franchised ice cream company created the term "flavor of the month" when it featured a different ice cream flavor for each month of the year. Flavors such as Tutti-frutti, Rocky Road, Mississippi Mud, Very Very Strawberry, and others have become household names as a result of this marketing strategy.

Employees also have picked up the term. It refers to the tendency of federal restaurant chefs to start a new initiative, realign priorities to promote the initiative, and then allow the initiative to drift into obscurity. At the national level, we can all remember many of these. They included: Planning, Programming, Budgeting System (PPBS); Management By Objectives (MBO); Zero Based Budgeting (ZBB); and Total Quality Management (TQM). In organizations, the "short-lived" types of improvements are often aimed at cost cutting, quality, or work environment improvements.

If you aim to seriously reinvent the organization, culture, or program, make sure you have planned how you will follow the changes through to the end. The workforce is watching to see whether this is the same old approach to change, which means a new flavor every month, or whether-like vanilla-the change will be around a long, long time.

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Just Plain Flan

1 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon salt

Melt and caramelize one cup of sugar until light brown in a casserole over low heat. Then, holding the casserole dish with hot pads, slowly rotate and tilt the dish until the caramel coats the bottom and sides. In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup of sugar, salt, milk and vanilla. Beat eggs and add to the mixture. Pour mixture into the casserole. Place the casserole into a larger pan of water, and place pan and uncovered casserole into a 300 degree oven. Cook in oven for one hour, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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