August 21, 2019
Business Lessons From The Dinner Table, Part 5
Business Lessons From The Dinner Table, Part V By Chuck Violand August 12, 2019 Lesson #7: Save your fork. When mom would announce toward the end of dinner to “save your fork,” you knew it was going to be a good night, because that meant dessert. You could almost feel the uptick in everybody’s energy and mood knowing the best was yet to come! Over the years, I’ve found that when I thank people for their efforts or for the impact they’ve had on my career, when I express an interest in the things that interest them, or when I share and don’t waste, I’m much happier in my work and they seem more engaged in theirs. It reminds me of the sweetness at the end of a meal. Something worth saving your fork for. While I might not be of the same generation as the workers in my company, I usually find their energy, fresh ideas, and different perspectives on topics refreshing. The diverse backgrounds and personal stories each person brings to an organization plays an important role in helping the company stay competitive. I may no longer understand the language some generations use, or get their sense of
August 21, 2019
Business Lessons From The Dinner Table, Part 4
Business Lessons From The Dinner Table, Part IV By Chuck Violand July 29, 2019 Lesson #5: Waste not. In our family, we had the Clean Your Plate Club. In hindsight, eating everything on our plate all the time might not have been the best idea from a dietary perspective. Maintaining a healthy weight continues to be a struggle for me to this day. But from a discipline perspective, the lesson of cleaning my plate stuck. As a kid, I never understood how leaving food on my plate meant that somebody in China was going to go hungry. But I learned the lesson: don’t waste food; don’t take more than you’re going to eat. There were nights when I didn’t particularly care for what was being served for dinner, but I knew I’d need to eat it. (I didn’t know what a short-order-cook was until I was an adult, even though my mom would often remind us that she wasn’t one.) I also knew I’d have to finish what I took because those were the rules. Everybody might not have left the dinner table happy, but everybody left the table fed. In business, I know not to waste things. It’s not