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Restaurant & Hospitality Execs: Half of Your Managers Are Planning to Resign. What Are You Going to Do About It?

More than 50% of your managers are unsatisfied and looking for a better opportunity.

The  overall US economy may be lagging, but your industry has been hiring new staff at a time when the average manager is unsatisfied and looking for a change. The paradigm shift to a “candidate’s market” is most certainly underway. If you want to win the war for…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on August 23, 2012 at 11:43am — 1 Comment

Corporate Retention, Compensation and Behavior

In the past few years, a slow economy and shaky job market have actually helped keep key personnel on staff. A secure position was enough to overcome the temptation to leave for higher pay or new opportunities.

However, in the past six months the calls from single-unit, independent operations have risen sharply compared to 2010 and 2011. These operations are hungry for talented staff. The “Indies” do not have corporate recruiting resources at their disposal, so when they cannot find…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on June 25, 2012 at 1:28pm — 1 Comment

Capturing and Keeping Attention on Your Resume

Ah, the advancements of technology. E-mail gives us the power to rifle through correspondence. Click – skim – click attachment – scan – close attachment…

Then what? Respond, forward, file, or delete. In corporate talent acquisition, let’s define those actions:

Respond = Success. The recipient is interested, and is advising you of the next step.

Forward = The recipient sees something in you, and is sending to a peer or manager for further…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on June 7, 2012 at 9:51am — No Comments

Positive Lodging Industry Outlook Means Increasing Demand for Talent

At the American Hospitality & Lodging Association (AHLA) Hotel Industry Leadership Panel earlier this month, a panel of veteran hotel executives concurred that, although no dynamic or dramatic upswing is on the horizon, the sector as a whole will enjoy moderate growth and gradual improvement over the next two years. Demand is up, supply is tight, local governments are helping with development projects, and staying one step ahead of…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on May 24, 2012 at 8:39am — No Comments

If Perception Is Reality, Are You At Risk?

Your attire, handshake and eye contact still matter significantly. But if your head is in the sand about your media presence, you need to get serious about ensuring your public media persona – your true first impression – is up to snuff.

In a study of 300 corporate hiring professionals conducted by social media monitoring service Reppler, the following was discovered:

  • 91% used social networking sites to screen…
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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on May 1, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

Confrontation...Compromise or Combat?

If you lead a company, a property, a kitchen, or a team of any size, you do not have the luxury of being “non-confrontational.”  If you are working toward a goal, that means you and your team are being stretched to perform at higher levels.  That will produce stress and expose weaknesses.  As the leader you cannot allow such stresses to keep you from achievement, and therefore you will have to…ahem…confront them.

Confrontation does not have to be a combat.  It shouldn’t be.  You can…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on February 21, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Experts Agree: Prepare for the Tightening Hospitality Talent Market

It’s been four years since we entered The Great Recession. Now, at long last, optimism about economic growth in Leisure & Hospitality and Food & Beverage is taking root.

For operators this means finding leaders who have the skills and proficiency to do the job will become harder and harder. Sourcing values and character matches will be a monumental challenge.  Operators will need to step up benefits and retention strategies, and salaries will begin to rise…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on January 25, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Success Is In the Facts, Not the Feelings

This year, listen for how often you hear the word “feeling.”  Listen for how often you hear yourself or your colleagues say “I have a feeling…”

A feeling this manager is the right fit.  A feeling the opening will be a big hit.  A feeling this banquet will run without a hitch.  A feeling we’re on the wrong track.  A feeling (insert the most important objectives of your business here)…

The best leaders work in the truth, and the facts are infinitely closer to the truth than…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on January 17, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Healthy Habits in Hospitality

You are so much fun to be around.  You know how to host and how to serve; how to cook and how to present. Everyone hits you up for recipes and tips from table settings to the length of oven time their holiday roast requires for perfect medium rare.

What non-hospitality folks don’t understand is how hard it is to work around food all day long!

We asked hospitality professionals around the country what habits to make or break in order to stay healthy and we received a ton of…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on December 19, 2011 at 9:41am — No Comments

Powerful Interview Questions to Determine Cultural Fit

Your interview process is worthless unless it empowers you to hire the best cultural fits for your company.  Though every company culture is unique, screening for the “Five C’s” will reveal most of what you need to know to determine a cultural fit:

• Character

• Competence

• Consistent behavior

• Communication…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on November 29, 2011 at 8:52am — No Comments

Seven Ways to Ace Any Interview

Looking for a job is a job, and a hard one. The good news is that you are an expert on the subject matter of every interview…you. You also face the challenges of preparation and logistics. Here are seven simple ways to ensure your interview is successful. I didn’t promise painless and easy, but it is simple.

1. Start Preparing a Week in Advance

One of the first questions many interviewers ask is “What do you know about us?” If you blow that one, you fail. Be…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on November 15, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Post-modern Pork & Beans – Pleasing & Profitable

When I was a kid “pork and beans” was of a can of saucy cooked legumes with a big lump of fat in it.   

How times have changed!

 

Two of the top R&D chefs in the Midwest demonstrated how deliciously different “pork and beans” can be at a recent Research Chefs Association meeting in Chicago.  John Draz, Executive Research Chef of Ed Miniat, Inc. and Eric White, Research Chef of Archer Daniels Midland created an…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on October 28, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

It's the Innovation, Stupid!

The Great Recession shook up lodging and food service companies of all sizes, and every one flattened their executive and management ranks while slashing G&A.  So how did some companies persevere, even grow, during the last three years?  Why are some striding, even strutting, while others are barely crawling?

Innovation.

One month ago today at…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on October 27, 2011 at 7:06am — No Comments

Are You an Impact Player?

Culinary and hospitality schools afford me the privilege of lecturing to future leaders on the finer points of interviewing skills, résumé writing, business correspondence and job hunting.  I spend a good portion of the résumé-writing time discussing the importance of using “impact” language to describe career experience.

But you really can’t use impact terms if you’re not an impact player!

The Encarta Dictionary cites one definition of impact as “the powerful or dramatic…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on October 19, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

A Culture of Upward Mobility

I have heard the cliché “green goes with everything” many times.  It’s always nice to have a few bucks in reserve or the ability to afford the things you like, but where company culture is concerned there is a more appropriate cliché: “money isn’t everything.”

Successful companies that prosper over the long-term are the ones that offer much more than compensation.  The cultures that survive tumultuous business climates are built upon a core central ideal – a genuine care for…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on July 15, 2011 at 7:12am — No Comments

Chicago Rising Star Chefs & Pork Carpaccio

Online culinary mag StarChefs feted its pick of Chicago's rising star chefs at a tasteful gala on Monday, May 23. The event took place at the beautiful Fairmont Hotel Chicago and hosted by executive chef Brad Parsons and Beverly Kim Clark, chef de cuisine at Aria. Chef Clark's Buttermilk Bleu Cheese Semifreddo with Port Foam and Five-spice Walnuts was a sweet-savory delight, served in a miniature ice cream cone.

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on May 31, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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Crumbs debuts the Crumbnut

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Restaurant sales rebounded in March, report says

Restaurants saw same-store sales growth of 0.7% in March, the first increase since last November, as warmer weather melted wi -More

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National News

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Announces CFO Departure in May

The company has commenced a search for Mr. Hope’s successor, reviewing both internal and external candidates. Mr. Hope will assist in the transition of duties to an interim CFO and will remain a consultant to the company through the summer.

Fuddruckers Reenters New York State With Restaurant In Middletown

introduces its first company-operated New York State site today at 340 Route 211 East in Middletown, which is located in the Hudson Valley approximately 60 miles from Manhattan.

Giardino Gourmet Salads Announces Nine Consecutive Quarters Of Positive Comparable Sales

Giardino Gourmet Salads announced that it has experienced nine consecutive quarters of positive comparable sales after posting an eight percent increase throughout the first quarter of 2014.

Organic Claims Declining on US Restaurant Menus

According to Mintel Menu Insights, while 'organic' is still the leading ethical claim on restaurant menus, its usage declined 28% between Q4 2010-13.

The Habit Burger Grill Opens Fourth Utah Location In May

The Habit Burger Grill is opening its fourth Utah location on May 1st in Sandy, Utah. The California-based restaurant known for its popular Charburgers opened its first Utah location in Sugarhouse in 2013, and has since expanded to include three more locations.

CROWD FUNDING

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TED TALKS VIDEO

TED: Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar - Jennifer Senior (2014)

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

TED: David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy? - David Brooks (2014)

Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?

TED: David Sengeh: The sore problem of prosthetic limbs - David Sengeh (2014)

What drove David Sengeh to create a more comfortable prosthetic limb? He grew up in Sierra Leone, and too many of the people he loves are missing limbs after the brutal civil war there. When he noticed that people who had prosthetics weren’t actually wearing them, the TED Fellow set out to discover why — and to solve the problem with his team from the MIT Media Lab.

TED: Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world - Louie Schwartzberg (2014)

We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled "Mysteries of the Unseen World," which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.

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