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Lessons Realized, Part XI … Practices of Great Leadership: Rating, Retaining and Rewarding Top Performers

Every day I think of Michael O’Grady and the creative ways he coached and mentored so many to new heights. In this new series, “Lessons Realized,” I share my insights and experiences in the world beyond that honor Michael’s legacy of helping others grow. Great leaders develop our unseen talents. They motivate, honor, and make […]

Antibiotics and Livestock

Antibiotics and Livestock: The Background [Editor note: Part one of a two part series. Part two will appear in November 2013: Antibiotics and Livestock: Pros and Cons] Last month, I wrote about MRSA and my personal experience: I am currently on day 50 of antibiotics. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can be antibiotic resistant and is […]

National Restaurant Association Offers 5 Steps to Get Ready for the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is moving forward. Is your restaurant business ready? Here are five steps you can take to better understand the law’s impact on your business and your employees. Start counting. If you average 50 or more “full-time-equivalent” employees on business days in 2014, you’ll be considered a large employer for 2015 and […]

Chef Jesse Sandlin Changes It Up at Oliver Speck’s

It was Vino Rosino in Baltimore’s Harbor East, an American Bistro, but the area became saturated with bistros. The Top Chef contestant Chef Jesse Sandlin and owner Jim Lancaster have changed the theme and are taking you way below the Mason-Dixon line with Southern casual cuisine. Oliver Speck’s is about a fun, relaxed atmosphere! … […]

Taking On … Dare I say It: the iPad

Remember this is only one man’s opinion, but it is the right opinion! First of all, let me clarify. I LOVE the iPad, the iPod, the iPhone and almost anything that starts with i. This includes improvement, intelligence and ingenuity.  And therein lies the rub. IPad POS solutions offer none of these, and it is […]

‘Mercy Me’ … I have MRSA … For Real

A lot of my foodservice indutsry students and personal friends have let me know that they have been admitted in the hospital in the past few months to receive antibiotic treatment for an unknown super infection. I’ve been surprising them by telling them I think it is MRSA and to look it up or to […]

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