Taking the whole kit and kaboodle

This is the “K” installment of series “Alphabet for Leaders.” I was asked why, “Knowing too much,” wasn’t the “K” part of the series. I wanted the hard “K” sound. I felt like a silent “K” was cheating.

There’s consistent talk about having fun, enjoying life, and doing what makes you happy. We say, “If it isn’t fun, don’t do it.” You’ve heard the expression, “It’s all good.”


The real truth, it isn’t all good. You have to take the whole kit and kaboodle.

Kit and kaboodle – the whole of something, including everything that is connected with it.

Kit: A set of articles or implements used for a specific purpose: a survival kit; a shaving kit or the container for such a set.

Kaboodle: All, the whole lot. (can be spelled caboodle or kaboodle)


You never like everything about your career, clients, or tasks you perform. Sometimes the only enjoyment you feel is getting it over with. “It feels good to be done with that.” Leaders always deal with un-fun.

Dealing with the un-fun side


In “Juggle,” Ian Sanders applies the Pareto principle, (80/20 rule), to work and career. It helped me when he reminded me that nothing is perfect. Focus on the 80% that you enjoy and work through the 20% you don’t enjoy. In other words, take the whole kit and kaboodle.

Eat the frog first

Eliminate draining tasks that hang over your head early, fast, and efficiently. The pain of avoiding un-fun is worse than getting it over with. Take the whole kit and kaboodle.

Speak and act otherwise

You work with people you don’t enjoy. They are part of your kit and caboodle. When you feel like sharing a piece of your mind you can’t afford to lose, speak something positive. Feel frustrated? Take a breath and act patiently.


How do you deal with the un-fun side of your career?

What other leadership “K” words could you add?