If annual marketing plans and budgets was dessert, it’s Rice Krispy Treats. Thousands of rice puffs delightful glued by marshmallow fluff are comparable to a marketing plan’s countless parts cemented by delicious goo (coherent strategy) serving crowd-pleasing sugar coma when expertly assembled. Sweet! Further, marshmallow melting technique, like sustainable business tactics, requires low steady heat to deliver lip-smacking results, while rushing over blazing flame spells misfortune.

Place your bets. Someone will lose his/her mind during budget season; perhaps it was you this past year? Large-scale projects ambush us for several reasons.

• We procrastinate trying to throw a behemoth document together higgledy-piggledy hoping Executives either can’t read or won’t notice recycled material.
• Deceptively simple templates lull us into confidence thus we underestimate effort required for coherent assumptions and thoughtful analysis not to mention deft internal selling. Stale tactics betray confidence and sub-par presentations go disregarded, along with your professional opinion thereafter.
• Conniption fits, a form of entitled pouting, erupt when managers feel challenged on merits of Swiss cheese solutions slapped together in eleventh-hour resignation. Righteous indignation is fun but stops learning in its tracks.

Bundt cakes are reminiscent of a royal crown and a chocolate marbled pound cake with bittersweet ganache drizzle is the perfect amount of fancy for a managing up discussion. This glorious cake has many steps, as will your managing up journey; both endeavors are well worth the extra effort.

Your curtsy could use some polish.

Chocolate and vanilla marble pound cake
Bow To The Bundt Cake

Managing up is an important skill to master for a successful career. Scrapping titles in favor of more egalitarian business relationships is trending, however, the hospitality industry remains a steadfast bastion of peremptory feudal order brimming with pomp and circumstance as well as secret rules of conduct. We are not pondering the reasons why, as an industry, we cling to imperial management paradigms since that is a heady topic and we are not a group of deep contemplators. Let’s gloss over the bigger issue and get back to the practical instruction of managing up, shall we? A game of thrones, indeed.

Sour cream banana cake is a wonderful accompaniment to crazy behavior discussions in general, not just resignations gone awry. Bananas set the stage for the impending shenanigans and then a boozy brandy glaze and chocolate were added to make it even less business appropriate. It’s frosted with lightly sweetened whipped cream to make the cake look innocent of any wrongdoing but we all know better.

 

Cue Bon Jovi, ‘cause you’re going out in a blaze of glory.

 

The deceptively humble muffin is an excellent choice for a lesson in being underestimated. Nonchalant on the exterior but buttery, cakelike and bursting with the dynamic flavor combo of your choice on the inside, this recipe is for a delightful cake in disguise. You may be a little muffin today, but you are on your way to splendid notoriety and nothing can stop you. Except over-mixing the batter (which will only prolong the misperception about your prowess, baking or otherwise) as rubber, while awesome for tires, is an unpleasant consistency for cake.

So, you’ve been underestimated and overlooked. It happens to everyone but that is no solace to your smarting feelings. It sucks; however, by tapping into the craftier part of your personality you can find the advantage in the situation…in every situation really.