‘Please make dinner tonight.’
‘Please make lentil soup for dinner tonight. Have it ready by 7:30 PM.’
‘Please make lentil soup for dinner tonight. Use red lentils, celery, carrots, ginger, garlic and vegetable stock. Garnish with parsley.’
‘Prepare lentil soup for dinner tonight. Soak the red lentils beforehand. Peel the ginger, mince the garlic into tiny bits. Use coconut oil instead of olive oil. Go easy on the vegetable stock – else the soup will turn out too salty. Don’t boil the vegetables – that will overcook them. Instead, just sauté them. Stop! That is too much pepper.’
There is a degree of management that feels just right. Too little, and your team doesn’t have enough direction. Too much, and you stray into micro-management.