“What continues to inspire me most is seeing all of our staff grow, learn, and become successful in the industry. „
When hiring, I look for how developed your abilities are to listen and communicate.
Strengths lead to weaknesses; just when you think you're at the top of your game, you'll be challenged with something completely new and uncomfortable.
To keep my team inspired and motivated, I like them to see how much I genuinely care about their success. I attempt to be inspiring, firm, supportive, and intuitive, all while staying a completely irreverent dork, because honestly it's important we're all having fun.
I always recommend up-and-coming professionals to read "Zingerman's Guide to Being a Better Leader".
Ticonderoga Envirostik Pencils are the one tool I always carry on me at work.
To continue to educate myself, I engage in five hours of "active learning" a week, mostly reading.
When I was 19 I moved to NYC, took a job at LeBernardin. While intimidating and scary, it was a dream come true. I learned very early on the intensity i would have to maintain in order to succeed, and how sheer determination and self-discipline could get me through any situation. Most importantly, I learned that I loved the work and all the insanity that came along with it.
I've been fascinated by food since I was a nerdy little kid peeling grapes one by one while watching Martin Yan on TV!
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