Old Stock, Bill Evans Trio, and a Few Thankful Thoughts

Winding down my Thanksgiving Eve here alone at the restaurant. Everyone has gone home for the holiday and I took the time to do some deeper cleaning than would normally get done in an average day. I’ve poured a glass of Old Stock, put on some Bill Evans Trio, and reflect on all for which I am thankful.

I’m thankful to have a business that is succeeding despite the downward gust of the Economy. With many out of work and out of luck, I humbly accept the good fortune than has come my way.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to … more »

Do Less in More Time

Here’s a simple thought for your holiday season.

How can I get less done in more time?

I know it’s a bit counterintuitive, with all the mounting demands of the season. You’ve got all those commercials of Kelly Ripa doing everything for everybody with her new Electrolux appliances. Or your kids making you think an iPhone is essential to their well being…in 5th grade. But take a step back for a moment and ask yourself if the pressure you feel is legitimate or just simply urgent.

I am in the process of establishing a young restaurant. I know full … more »

Do as I say, and as I do

One of my roles as a leader of a staff with varied backgrounds and experience in food service is to try and create a culture that holds certain values that permeate the entire business. Every leader has to figure out how to effectively communicate these values on a regular basis. So last week, when my words came back to me in the form of a rebuke, I knew I had succeeded in getting my point across.

I try to tell my staff to be deliberate in everything they do. Shortcuts or half-ass attempts in preparation are no excuse for trying … more »

Staying Put for the Winter

I have made a resolution this fall as winter weather approaches, to not complain about how cold it gets here. I have lived in Nebraska for 18 years now, and even with the assumption of global warming, I don’t foresee any noticeable comfort change between the months of November and March.

I’m sure it was just as cold in the time of statehood when the pioneers came through, if not worse, since they didn’t have the luxury of penciling in GoreTex or a remote control car starter as one of their base components of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Since … more »

Maybe you should have left 30 minutes ago

With the beautiful fall weather a welcome reprieve, or at least a delaying of the inevitable, let me offer a suggestion. Take a moment to look up.

Notice today as folks pass you along the sidewalk. Most people walk with their eyes looking down, watching where their feet tread. Occasionally you might make eye contact with a passerby and offer an acknowledgment. But rare is the case do you see someone looking up, and if you do, you might wonder what it is they are looking at.

It takes more effort to look upward as you move along, because it … more »