Strategic Thinking: Beyond Where The Cookie Crumbles

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to sharpen your problem-solving skills.

          Are you smarter than a Fifth Grader? Good thing I’m not a guest on that TV show. Turns out I’m about as smart as a third grader. My only consolation is that the third graders introduced me to leader who helped me learn a key leadership lesson. Read on to learn what I did about uncovering hidden resources– especially those hidden in plain view. Let me explain.

        These were no ordinary third grades.

       No these were the The Third Graders at a North Carolina elementary school who challenged Nabisco’s claim  back in the mid 90’s that their Chips Ahoy package of chocolate chip cookies had more than 1,000 chocolate chips in each bag.

     The students broke the cookies down by hand and counted  340 to 680 chocolate chips. I remember counting 671 back then.  Chances  are I may have eaten some of the evidence before it was fully audited.

    Feeling cheated out of their chocolate chips, The Third Graders  wrote an angry letter to the company. Nabisco sent one of their leaders–a food technician -to visit the school in Wadesboro, North Carolina. The visiting leader planned a demonstration Continue reading “Strategic Thinking: Beyond Where The Cookie Crumbles”