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Sous Chefs: The First Follower

In this TED video, Derek Sivers shows just how important the first follower (AKA: Sous Chefs) are to leadership effectiveness.  One of my mentors used to say that a leader without a follower is just out for a walk by himself.  Come on chefs….start a movement! … Read entire article »

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Tips for Restaurant Theft Prevention

Eric Valasek posted a great article on his blog at RstaurantSchedular about preventing theft in your restaurant.  His article goes hand in hand with a conversation I had just yesterday discussing how chefs can use inventory manipulation to “steal” from the restaurant.  There are thousands of ways that theft occurs in food service operations and as a manager it is vital to do everything possible to prevent it.  Read the full article here: Methods to Curb Restaurant Theft | Improving Restaurant Management. … Read entire article »

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The Back Door Job Theory

Image via Wikipedia I mentor many young cooks who are looking for work and lament to me on how they cannot find a good job.  Almost all of them say that they have spent days or even weeks filling out applications and emailing resumes, all to no avail. The best advice I can give these cooks is get out there and get in front of the manager or the chef who is doing the hiring. Face to face is still the best way to get hired. Most chefs and managers do not have the time to read through an onslaught of emailed resumes, especially since a large portion of these applicants are not properly qualified for the  job anyway. For instance, the last time I placed a job posting on Craigslist, I received … Read entire article »

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