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hand reaching outCareer Advice: Becoming a Restaurant Manager

Some of the top people in the industry offer some intangible advice and aspects of the  restaurant management career path.

  • You need the courage to step out of your comfort zone
  • You are a business partner
  • Career path of a manager is less traditional
  • Your career success is founded on your accountability
  • Know where you are going, not where you want to go
  • Always look for the feedback from every section of the restaurant
  • Create your ‘inner circle’ team of about 12 people who share a common goal and desire for success.
  • Take Risk – let people mix it up. Let them explore.
  • Build relationships with your team.
  • You don’t have to be the focus of the attention. Don’t be afraid to step back and do your job and let others do theirs.
  • You are not the star of the show, you are the stage manager.
  • The manager’s place is in the shadows
  • Your success is based on people’s perception
  • Dedication and hard work
  • Never be afraid to step in at any station in the restaurant.
  • Know the trends, the local events, and what sells and what doesn’t.
  • If you study anything – study people, personalities, communication skills.
  • Never stop learning – ever
  • Your potential is limited by your social skills
  • No job is below you. Whatever you need to do for success.
  • Don’t bother until you learn and understand Restaurant Profit and Loss (P&L)
  • Never lose sight of what the rest of the market is doing
  • What is new in the restaurant sector today? If you can answer this then you are ready.

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