A Guide to Principles and Methods, with Cookies…

A Guide to Principles and Methods, with Cookies…

As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is a rather famous quote about principles and methods, and one that we here at IKON HQ believe in, and follow.

The meat behind this quote is knowing how and why to do something, rather than what to do.


Methods are a step by step guide that will get us from start to finish, and may work. A recipe is a method, and rarely do recipes tell you why to do something. We’ve all baked something and it has ‘gone wrong’, some people even blame the recipe for their rock-hard cookies. However, if you understood that putting cookies in a fan oven for as long as a gas oven would cremate them, you wouldn’t have done it.

Principles are the how and why, the understanding of the reasons behind the method. So back to cookies: If the recipe asks you to roll out the cookie dough, and your ‘dough’ is too wet, you may add more flour so it is possible to roll it. Then you’ll bake your cookies and grandmother would be disappointed in your tasteless rock cakes. If, however, you understood the principles behind cookie creation, you would know that the large eggs you’re using would make your dough too wet in the first place, and in fact you should use smaller eggs.

Away from cookies. In a training scenario, this philosophy works the same, it’s possible to train the principles for a particular theory so you can understand the reasons behind it. It is much harder to teach people the understanding of a subject, but it does provide better quality results.

At IKON Training we teach the principles, not the methods. This means our delegates can adapt to different scenarios with simple, effective and memorable techniques, using the principles to resolve issues before they escalate.

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Published Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
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