The Banana Split Process
“If there is no process, it is a problem.” That was the first statement from one of my professors in a recent Project Management class. He then asked, “Who in your life either modeled great process or helped you to develop and thereby “own” a great process to accomplish goals?” I immediately thought of my grandmother.
Nona had spent years in the restaurant business, including ownership of a pancake house in The Dalles, Oregon. She did not have a college degree or professional project management training. She did understand people’s desire to have ownership in their jobs and the importance of quality control. Her “template” for process was based on the banana split. Yep, the banana split.
When one thinks of a banana split there is an immediate picture of three scoops of ice cream placed side by side, covered with fruit and chocolate syrup, flanked by a half banana on either side of the scoops and topped with whipped cream, cherries, and nuts. At least that is the goal.
So how does one make a banana split? – Yep, I know that line is the basis for a joke. Seriously, though, stick with me. Think about the process of making a banana split. Do you put the banana in first or the ice cream in first? If you put the ice cream in first do you then put on the syrup or the banana and then the syrup? Do you use the traditional vanilla, chocolate, strawberry ice cream and in what order do you place them – chocolate in the middle? Vanilla in the middle? What kind of sauce? Traditional chocolate, pineapple, and strawberry? Or are those only traditional out in the West? Maybe other areas of the country have different banana split “ traditionals”. You get the point.
So back to the basis of Nona’s process:
- It does not matter how you put your banana split together as long it looks like a banana split when you are done.
- Develop an order of ingredients that works for you and then stick with that process so that nothing gets overlooked and the end result is consistent. (process –ownership – quality control – They are all there).
Over the years I have applied Nona’s banana split process to everything from making them at my first job to running my graphic design and marketing business to advertising sales with Reader’s Digest to my current work with LCEF.
I recognize a variety of “banana split” options through the investments and services offered through LCEF. There are many opportunities to “build and own” a process that works for each investor, congregation, school, and ministry who include LCEF in their goals of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Now, go taste and see that the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever. Build a banana split.