Category Archives: Careers

#JayZ says key to #success is “be water.”

~ Be Water.

~ If you pour water in a cup, it takes the shape of the cup. If you pour it in a teapot, it takes the shape of the teapot. Be fluid. Treat each project differently. The best style is no style, because styles can be figured out. And when you have no one style, they can’t figure you out.

Jay Z

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On #EqualPayDay : There’s Gender Pay Gap Improvement to Celebrate

~~ Equal Pay Day is an important day for the hospitality business, as our industry has provided more management and ownership opportunity to women than most fields. Recent NRA research found more than 45 percent of today’s restaurant managers are women, compared with 38 percent in other industries. Further, the number of restaurants owned by women increased 50 percent between 1997 and 2007.

~~ Equal Pay Day is the day on which the average woman will make what the average man made in the previous year. So in all of 2014 plus every day of 2015 up to today the average woman’s earnings = the average man’s year 2014 earnings. There are many ways to calculate this and it is no where near an unassailable number or date. Yet the issues of why women lag in earning power are important and fair to debate. Here is a well-documented, balanced analysis from Pew Research Group, which shows improvements to be celebrated as the wage gap closes, yet still areas of opportunity for improvement.
~~ My take is that we have to be very careful not to choose “solutions” that will make things worse for women and the workforce as a whole, such as banning salary negotiation.

~~ To read more on the issue of diversity from the National Restaurant Association here.

 

Jim Carrey: My Waiter Job

“Doing what you don’t want is the way to what you do want, on occasion.”
“Compromise is the way to get to what you want.”
“I would never have made it without going back and doing what I didn’t want to do.”
Words of wisdom and an inspiring video from Jim Carrey.

The Last Tolerated Bias ~ Ageism

~~ In the latest Rolling Stone, Madonna tackles the issue of age discrimination, which is pervasive in business and life for both women and men.  It’s definitely a widespread hidden bias in the nightlife/hospitality world where I work.  If someone continues to be as fit, creative and effective in show business or the nightlife world, why should it be OK to degrade or dismiss them due to age? Good question, and Madonna tackles it in her typical daring style ~~

“No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black or dare to say a degrading remark on Instagram about someone being gay,” Madonna continues. “But my age – anybody and everybody would say something degrading to me. And I always think to myself, why is that accepted? What’s the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination? They’re judging me by my age. I don’t understand. I’m trying to get my head around it. Because women, generally, when they reach a certain age, have accepted that they’re not allowed to behave a certain way. But I don’t follow the rules. I never did, and I’m not going to start.”

~~ Read more here in Rolling Stone and watch the video of Madonna’s interview.  I say Bravo Madonna.  Age is only important in wines and cheeses.

~~ Have a great week and stay ageless my friends — TTBG

7 Myths Held By Self-Improvement and HR/Management Gurus

7 Myths Held By Self-Improvement and HR/Management Gurus

(1) Overworked managers have not already performed 80/20 elimination of unnecessary tasks.
(2) Customers and employees are rational and fair-minded.
(3) Co-workers will not exploit your work/life balance to advance their own career.
(4) Companies have money to add staff for any reason other than increased customer demand for goods/services the company sells.
(5) You don’t need fear in management.
(6) Bosses allow workers and managers the freedom to re-prioritize.
(7) Customers are willing to pay more for good service.

Reality check.  LinkedIN writers, I’m talking to you!  Wishing all the best to everyone in the corporate world – I’ve been there!  Cheers – Tim

Simply the best 7 bits of advice on how to interact with people successfully.

Key Habits For Building Better Relationships:

1. Become A Great Listener ~~

2. Ask The Right Questions ~~

3. Pay Attention To The Whole Person ~~

4. Remember Things That Are Important To Others ~~

5. Be Consistent And Manage Emotions ~~

6. Be Open And Share When The Time Is Right ~~

7. Be Genuine, Confident, Humble, Trustworthy, Positive, And Fun

~~ Read more here regarding this absolutely golden advice, some of the best I’ve ever seen.  We can use these principals to succeed in our hospitality industry, in any business or in our personal lives!  Thank you Harvey Deutschendorf and Fast Company Magazine.

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In N Out, not just great burgers, but a great place to work!

Proud to see a restaurant chain ranked “Best Place to Work,” top restaurant and #8 out of every company in the US by a site specializing in reviews by actual employees, Glassdoor.com.
Thanks to @adamlapetina and @Thrillist for the reporting and cheers to @innoutburger for the excellent burgers and working conditions!