Get ready. I am going to make some recommendations today. We are now in Colorado and had to drive across country from North Carolina. Because we were driving a lot, we did not take the time to hunt out the good coffee. We drove halfway across the continent, making our way through a wasteland of hotel coffees and McDonalds.
However, Susan was wise enough to think ahead and suggest that we get a pound of coffee from a place called Dynamite in the little town of Black Mountain in North Carolina. I have never had a bad cup of coffee there. You never know where you will find great coffee. They roast their own and seem to specialize in coffees with sweet clear tones. We bought a pound of Ethiopian coffee.
Enter the Bubba cup. I know it might sound blasphemous to drink great coffee out of such a contraption, kind of like offering a fine wine in a pork and beans can. But let me tell you, it has a great thermos action and keeps the coffee hot for long, long stretches of the road. That home-brewed Ethiopian coffee has been the best coffee we have had since North Carolina.
It is not a far stretch to go from a Bubba cup to leadership. The outside appearance may not tell the tale. Even a Bubba cup can conceal an excellent coffee. Somewhere Mark Twain makes a wry comment after reflecting on his own experience in the gold rush days. We know that all that glitters is not gold. I think that Twain says that in reality, nothing that glitters is gold, at least in his mining experience. That is one reason it is good to travel, I think. It helps you look at people with different eyes and guard against the glitter.
I have had a good cup of coffee near Vail, Colorado. Maybe I will tell you about it next time.
Upside Down Leadership