Words of the Week – throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks


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Throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks is a very popular saying in the MBA world at the moment; I’ve heard it at least three times in the past week. It means to approach a task using the trial and error method.

I love the imagery of this one. It comes from the idea that a cook can tell if pasta is done by throwing it against a wall. If it sticks, it’s ready to serve. If not, it needs more time on the stove.

A manager might say, “I want to do extensive research on this before we move forward. There’s too much at stake to throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks.”

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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