August 2008 Blog Posts (132)


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Why The Best Leaders Take Action First And Ask Questions Later

Aspiring leaders often assume that their role models are successful because they make careful decisions. While it is true that executives who act impulsively, without considering available intelligence, risk making huge mistakes, it is also true that highly effective leaders believe quick action is key to success. Here is why:



There is No Answer Book. Today’s leaders face an extremely fluid marketplace. Instead of pouring over old data to understand a new challenge, leaders… Continue

Added by David Hottle, CPC on August 26, 2008 at 6:04am — 3 Comments

Thank you!

Thanks, FOHBOH, for opening my eyes to exploring ways of enhancing and expanding one's business! I've had a number of "light bulb" moments the past two weeks on the site and am sure there will be more.



Today's one of those Goldilocks days here in the Northeast - you may remember "this porridge is too hot" and "this one's too cold" from that story. Well, today's in the low 60's following a day in the low 80's - you see what I mean!



We've had a lot of extremes in our weather… Continue

Added by susan holaday on August 26, 2008 at 5:57am — 2 Comments

Love

Never fall in love my friend you will see it does not pay, because it causes broken hearts it happens everyday. One moment you will be so happy and the next you will be so blue, each time you pass or meet him your broken heart will dance, your world revolves around him , boy there is nothing like romance. Then it starts and you don't know why, you wonder day and night, because my friend you are loosing him, it will never work out right. Love is fine but it hurts too much and the price you pay… Continue

Added by Jason D. Valdez Sabo on August 25, 2008 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Poems by SABO (vol 1)

I Dream



I dream



I've imagined that

I could fly up

high and touch the sky.



I've felt feelings

that no person

should have to feel



I've challenged things

that I did not

know or understand.



I've often wished

that all the fighting

in life would end.



I see without truly

seeing and know

without really knowing



I… Continue

Added by Jason D. Valdez Sabo on August 25, 2008 at 4:03pm — No Comments

More children's menu choices please!

As a strong advocate for teaching children to eat healthy and make better food choices I've started kids cooking classes through my company. I'm not only teaching important kitchen skills but giving these children an opportunity to prepare what they are about to eat. This helps to break the barriers that many children and their parents have when it comes to foods that the children will eat. I'm a firm believer that the more varieties of food we expose even our younger children to, the more… Continue

Added by Personable Chef Lynn on August 25, 2008 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Notice to all Employees

It has come to our attention that we have four suspected terrorists working here.



Three of the four have been apprehended: Bin-Sleeping, Bin-Loafin and Bin-Drinkin have been taken into custody and removed from the premised.



No on fitting the description of the forth employee, Bin-Workin, has been found yet but we are confident that anyone who looks like he's Bin-Workin will be easy to spot.







This was given to me by a regular at the Applebee's in… Continue

Added by Jason D. Valdez Sabo on August 25, 2008 at 3:23pm — 2 Comments

Win A Green Kitchen and Help the Planet

I got approached by a company giving away a $40,000 green kitchen, I am sure most of you that have restaurant websites also got the email, anyway I posted the giveaway on an article in my website. I do not make any money if you enter or click through. I simple did it as a favor to their marketing manager because I remembered to check my email.



The real reason I did it is because my personal motto is to add value to the world and if it means I help one person add value by saving the… Continue

Added by Abie on August 25, 2008 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Love/Hate

The best marketing is word of mouth. When someone you know makes a recommendation it’s almost always a good one. Friends, family, and other associates have a vested interest in giving you good information. They expect the same from you in return. That’s how “Word of Mouth” works.



Unfortunately Word of Mouth has a mean, ugly, and very powerful cousin named Bad Mouth. Bad Mouth can kill you. Don’t believe me—see for yourself. Think of any company you love to do business with. First ask… Continue

Added by Les on August 25, 2008 at 11:14am — 3 Comments

When Too Much Inside Information Clouds Your Judgment

As someone who does a fair amount of writing about food and drink, food media and restaurant culture, it's imperative I have as open a mind as possible. It's easy to do when reading press releases and links to reviews: the main job of PR reps is to sell the sizzle.



Occasionally I receive media advisories from the city health department announcing shutdowns of restaurants throughout the city. As a blogger, they make nice quick posts, especially if the restaurant is well-known.… Continue

Added by Chuck Sudo on August 25, 2008 at 10:58am — 4 Comments

The Empowered Manager and a Letter Never Sent

Peter Block was speaking, and I was listening during a thirty-mile drive. The cassette tape was simply labeled, “Empowered Manager.” I couldn’t read the date, but I’m fairly certain it was in the mid eighties when my dad met him at a conference. When I got to my destination, I wrote a few notes in the form of a letter.



Dear Peter,

You asked me an important question today. “What’s my vision?” You told me to create one, and contribute to it on a regular basis. This vision… Continue

Added by Stoligirl on August 25, 2008 at 8:52am — 3 Comments

The power of word-of-mouth marketing

As I went about my usual weekend ritual of checking out the Sunday New York Times online, I came across one of its restaurant reviews, 'When a Trattoria Goes Avant-Garde.'



There's nothing too notable about this particular review or the restaurant that is the subject of this review. However, I did note the introductory paragraph:



'First a friend mentioned it. Then a… Continue

Added by restaurantdotorg on August 25, 2008 at 3:30am — No Comments

The salt of the earth

Salt is a basic in our diet and despite the major backlash against sodium several decades ago, Americans still continue to consume far more than the 500 mg. a day recommended b the National Academy of Sciences.



Today, sodium is "emerging as the next big issue," declares Sheila Weiss, R.D., the National Restaurant Association's leading authority on nutrition issues.



It's necessary for flavor, she points out, and the foodservice industry is all about delivering flavorful… Continue

Added by susan holaday on August 24, 2008 at 7:14pm — 5 Comments

www.scottdavismagic.com

Hey gang.



Like our great company many of you meet for development and/or meetings. Sometimes I have seen times were a little comic relief does wonders for those such events. Well, let me introduce you to a very good friend. Scott Davis has been entertaining folks for quit some time and is very good at it. He is a comic/magician/and a awesome speaker. I have had the pleasure of working with him several years ago and loved him, his family and his work. If you are in need of his… Continue

Added by Earl Fisher on August 24, 2008 at 6:02pm — No Comments

This is way overdue

Several months ago I held a Cooking Demonstration Dinner in the beautiful home of Art & Holly LeBlanc in Alewife Farms in Kennebunk. It was such a delight to be the center of attention to this handful of joyful and wonderful couples, all of which are terrific cooks in there own right…we had a wonderful evening.



One couple, Wes & Liz Phillips, who had been long and faithful guests of the restaurant throughout our 22+ years, asked if I would share my recipe for my Asian… Continue

Added by Chef John Hughes on August 24, 2008 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Design for your Café or Coffee Bar

Café Design

Matt Milletto



Photo by Kenneth R. Olson

Reprinted from Barista Magazine



Let’s face it, not to sound too terribly clichéd, but first impressions really do matter. What is the first thing your customers are going to notice when they walk in the door? That’s right, the café itself. Whether you are making the best coffee in town or not, pulling bodies off the street into your door has to be the… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on August 24, 2008 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Spend Money to Make Money

I run a small, but very busy cafe in the heart of the Five College area in Western Massachusetts. All summer long, we stay moderately busy with the "loyal locals", residents and business folks alike. But when the school year starts again, this small town's population grows dramatically. The rush of 18-22 year olds moving back into there dorms and apartments creates gridlock on all major roads in and out of town. Most of residents in town walk the streets now with a sour look on their faces… Continue

Added by Larry Severance on August 23, 2008 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Drive More Top Line Sales.....Or Cut Costs? Which Is Best?

Which is the smartest thing to do: generate more sales, or reduce operating costs?



Actually, the ideal is to do both simultaneously. The only way to make profits is to increase sales and reduce expenses…at the same time.



Naturally, when it comes to “marketing,” most people immediately think of generating sales; and that’s good. However, there are other aspects to marketing that can often be managed easier, better and result in the same goal—profits. It… Continue

Added by Roy MacNaughton on August 22, 2008 at 5:08pm — 2 Comments

Grab The New FohBoh Widget

Now you can spread the FohBoh community by adding the widget to your website, personal or professional blog or other social network. Just go to: Grab a FohBoh Widget.





Also, check out our partner,… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on August 22, 2008 at 4:54pm — 2 Comments

My Favorite Quotes

"If you always do what you have always done, you will be what you have always been."

-unknown



"Don't worry about the world coming to and end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia"

-Charles Schultz



"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today"

-James Dean



"The object of art is to give life shape"

-Jean Anouilh



"Our life is what our thoughts make it"

-Marcus Aurelius Antonius



"The future belongs… Continue

Added by Jason D. Valdez Sabo on August 22, 2008 at 1:03pm — 3 Comments

If I had a Bank

If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400, that carried over no balance form day to day, and allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and every evening cancelled whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day, what would you do? Draw out every cent of course.



Well, you have such a bank and its name is "time". Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Each night it rules off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest… Continue

Added by Jason D. Valdez Sabo on August 22, 2008 at 12:54pm — 1 Comment

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