Shame on me!
I finally post a blog after, I don’t know how long, then promise “tomorrow I will post…” and I don’t post – terrible!
I gotta be honest though – I didn’t think anyone would notice or care. Much to my surprise, they do. A lot of people left me encouraging messages and some scolded (much deserved I feel) to keep on posting. Yay! I will. Who knew?
So back to our topic: I am restless. I want more out all of us at d bar (except maybe for Bailey – I don’t know how she could do more. She is simply amazing.).
I have all kinds of quotes and mantras floating around in my head about excellence. The one I use the most at d bar is: excellence is in the details - focus on the details and excellence will follow. I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best there are when it comes to excellence: Charlie Trotter, Jacquy Pfeiffer, Norman Love, and Steve Wynn to name a few. I am not as good as they are at bringing a team of people together to pursue excellence. I don’t know if I ever will be. I am, however, never going to stop trying.
The caveat with my little ditty about excellence is that it presumes all the big things are already in order. You know, the big things: when the floor or bathroom is dirty you clean it, when a table needs to be bussed you do it – whether it is in your station or not. As a cook you taste everything you prepare. Every time. What if these things are not in order? Does everybody feel like they are the only ones who notice that things are not right? Are we all constantly, secretly finger pointing?
Some people care about doing a good job more than others. Some just don’t care. Can you make them care? I have always presumed everyone wants to do the best they can in all things. That is not the case. Some people live for doing just enough to get by. I don’t understand it. Did the Four Seasons hire all the good ones already? Of course not!
Perhaps I need to cowboy up on my leadership skills.
The other things on my mind are corn (really good this year-corn dessert on its way at d bar!), peaches (why I haven’t had any really good ones from Colorado yet) and how aggravating I find opening and closing duty lists. Tackle it in my post tomorrow. This time I really will. Thanks to all those who wrote me for keeping me in line.