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Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture by Jon Gordon

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Chapter 3. Grandma

When they walked into the kitchen, they spotted Grandma immediately. It was hard to miss her. The kitchen was small, and Grandma was not. She had a pretty face, a big smile, and every ounce of her radiated love.

"Hello, hello, hello. Who do we have here, Peter?" she cheerily inquired as she stirred a big pot of soup with a large wooden spoon.

Peter, realizing that the two women had never told him their names, wisely said, "I'll let them introduce themselves."

Nancy introduced herself as she approached Grandma with an outstretched hand, but Grandma wouldn't have any of it. She wrapped her big arms around Nancy, squeezed tight, and said, "Handshakes are for strangers. Hugs are for family."

Brenda, knowing she was next, approached Grandma and received a big hug, too, while introducing herself. It was clear that Grandma didn't know any strangers, because the minute you met her you became part of her family.

"So, did you like my soup?" asked Grandma.

"We loved it," answered Nancy. That's why we were excited to meet you and ask..." but before she could finish her sentence, Grandma cut her off and interjected joyfully "That's wonderful. I'm so glad! So, tell me about you. Tell me about your family." Grandma, who could tell she was a businesswoman by her fancy-schmancy suit, considered asking her about her business and work, but she was really more interested in the person behind the suit. Grandma knew that every person who went to work took not only his or her briefcase but ...

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