It was a debate between the merits of butter v margarine in terms of
a healthy diet. The dairy farmer argued butter was a totally natural
product so had to be better for you. His counterpart argued that
research had shown that alternatives to butter such as those made with
olive oil reduced the risk of hear disease. The interviewer then
turned to the medical spokes person from the campaign on healthy
eating and asked which was best for your health. The reply was a
master piece in diplomacy and common sense. “ My advice would be which
ever you chose to spread on your toast spread it thinly .”
Spread it thinly should be the motto.
If you work in policy or support services all to often you are
required to come down in favour of one course of action or another.
Giving the red light to zealots of outsourcing or centralisation
rather than acknowledging that every course of action has its
advantages and disadvantage and which ever is chosen will require
action to mitigate against the disadvantages.
Blair Mcpherson former Director author and blogger www.blairmcpherson.co.uk