A theoretic day at your perfect restaurant.Paul Bridle was one of the most inspiring speakers at the Cheers' recent Beverage Conference. I have historically found many motivational speakers to be off their game because they fail to tie their concepts concretely into our business. Bridle did a brilliant job of presenting new ways of evaluating business and connected them back to how important they are for us in the restaurant industry.
Three of the examples he gave about rethinking approaches to restaurants were stunningly thought-provoking and applicable, in my mind. The Zimbabwe-born Bridle used a South African restaurateur res·tau·ra·teur also res·tau·ran·teur
The manager or owner of a restaurant.
[French, from restaurer, to restore; see restaurant. as an example of a smart and savvy operator. The restaurateur, when interviewing for new hires, would always ask the candidates where they envisioned being in a couple of years. It was a way of getting to know them and seeing if they were ambitious. The restaurateurs response to their goals--whether they wanted to be a manager or a chef--was "we can make that happen." Providing trust and autonomy to employees, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Bridle, is an essential element for allowing them to succeed.
Another tool the same South African operator used to help develop confidence in his employees was asking them what their perfect day in his restaurant would be like. Understanding what your staff prioritizes--and why--is key to helping them grow and succeed, according to Bridle. It is rare that someone in our business illuminates how many different types of days we can experience, and why aspects of them suit us so well.
The third example he shared was two experiences he had at different hotels. He went to a fancy hotel in Dubai where he was greeted by a beautifully dressed receptionist who told him about every luxury facet facet /fac·et/ (fas´it) a small plane surface on a hard body, as on a bone.
1. A small smooth area on a bone or other firm structure.
2. of the property. Ihe one thing Bridle continued to ask for was an iron to press his clothes. The receptionist, totally not focused on his needs, continued to wax poetic about the hotels other amenities,
Upon arrival at a small hotel in rural Wisconsin he was welcomed by a woman wearing ostensibly os·ten·si·ble
Represented or appearing as such; ostensive: His ostensible purpose was charity, but his real goal was popularity. her day's lunch on her shirt. Instead of telling Bridle about her property, she immediately focused on his needs by asking him about the purpose of his visit. When he said a good nights sleep was a priority, she moved him to a less glamorous glam·or·ous also glam·our·ous
Full of or characterized by glamour.
glamor·ous·ly adv. but quieter room. He was pleased to find the ironing board was part of the deal. Sometimes it is all about rethinking your priorities. 1 welcome your feedback about this this.
Liza B. Zimmerman Editor-in-Chief