Chicago Cubs' David Ross Teaches Us Three Ways to be a Better Teammate

David Ross had a problem. His hands. He didn’t know what to do with them. Hoisted on the shoulders of his jubilant teammates who were carrying him off the field like a Roman conqueror, the aging, perennial back-up catcher, fumbled and flailed, ear-to-ear grin not withstanding. The Cubs had just won the World Series in a spectacular Game Seven, and as he and his teammates swarmed each other in an impromptu post-World Series victory melee, the simple fact was he did not know what to do with his hands while riding those shoulders.

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Finding Your Balance

At the conclusion of our 96th Hospitality Training Conference in Boca Raton, with the new board of directors in place and a full agenda of projects on our plate, my first official act as CHART president was to ... take a vacation. My family and I boarded a plane at the Fort Lauderdale airport and soon landed in Key West, where we spent 5 wonderfully peaceful days enjoying each other's company.

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5 Ways to Better Prepare for a Disaster

Even though it was more than 17 years ago, I remember almost everything about the morning of February 28, 2001. It was Ash Wednesday, a big sales day for seafood restaurants, and I was working as the manager-in-charge of our quick-service location in Everett, Washington. I remember my team on that day consisted of Barbara, a 15-year Ivar’s veteran, and Jordan, who had only been with the company for a few months, and we all worked very hard to prepare for the many guests we were expecting.

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Transitioning from Paper-Based to Online Learning

Have you decided to take the leap from paper-based materials to online learning but are not quite sure where to start? You’re not alone. Since this transition can seem overwhelming, many companies find it helpful to approach the shift to online learning in phases. The key is to remember this is not a mad dash to the finish line, but rather a purposeful evolution that continues to assess, respond and adapt to how the new programs are being adopted and used by your learners.

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3 Strategies to Overcome the Never-Ending Paper Chase

How many of you are experiencing growing pains? Moving from a small to mid-size company to rapidly building out multiple locations each year? My current growing pain is capturing never ending “tribal knowledge,” information passed down from person to person, which gets diluted over time. My department’s job is to dig into “what do our team members know in our Legacy locations” (that is not found in ANY type of training material) versus “what our team members know in our newest locations.” We strive for what we call “One Habit, One Sound.”

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CHART Talks: Advocating for Hospitality - 3 Ways to Stay Current with - and Contest - Local and State Laws

The hospitality industry has faced many challenges in the past few years: a shortage of available workers and changing demands from consumers. But one of the biggest challenges has been from the barrage of new local and state laws (increases in minimum wages, scheduling requirements, ban the box, paid sick leave, etc.) that have forced substantial changes in pricing, operations and administration to accommodate these rules.

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How Management Development Training Reduces Turnover

According to the 2017 Trends in Hospitality Training & Development Study conducted by TDN2K/People Report and the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers, hospitality companies that spend 10% of their ongoing management training on human resources related topics tend to have much lower management turnover rates than those that spend little or no time on these topics. In this article, we’re going to dig into why that’s the case and what you can do to beef up your management training programs.

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Interview Questions for Training Vendors

When searching for vendors to provide training programs and materials, most hospitality executives will ask standard questions about cost, content customization, and implementation timelines, all of which are needed to make an informed decision. I will follow this same path, but because the vetting process for external content can be a lot like a job interview, I’ll also include the same types of questions I would ask of a cook, cashier, or manager candidate.

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How to Improve Employee Engagement with High-impact Learning

When was the last time your restaurant was able to provide updated training for all of its staff members? How many of your employees are 100% prepared for any and all situations? If you don't like your current answers to the above questions, chances are your employees aren't happy about them either.

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Getting a Handle on Harassment: 3 Leaders Lay Out Best Tips

This topic scored a large and attentive audience in May at the 2018 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. QSR Web covered the highlights, which were brimming with good advice from three panelists, including Hostmark, Ivar's, and the MFHA, each lending itself to the betterment of the whole hospitality industry.

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