The owner of this moderately priced restaurant was working the floor that night and I commented favorably about this waiter and that the next time we ate there, I would make sure to ask for him by name. He smiled and replied that the young man was the most “sought after” waiter at this establishment.
In life we have choices that we make. What separates us over time is where we choose to invest our time. So what can we learn from this leader who is accidentally a waiter at this point in his life?
- Be proactive. Don’t assume anything. Use time to ensure the best delivery of your product or service. Conduct quality control over your work before submitting it to the customer.
- Take responsibility. Once the “table” has been set for you, the baton has passed. The customer will grab your neck for any of the flaws they observe or experience. Check and double the check the hand off from others to ensure your work is not compromised.
- Exceed expectations. Appreciate the complexity of the customer experience and then deliver successfully on each component. The content of your product or service may be excellent but your form of delivery may be flawed.
- Stand apart. It takes courage to be different. Learn from what others don’t do.Success comes to those who observe others and then separate themselves by developing a unique personal brand.
There is one more observation in this story. The owner. He was the expediter (the person who makes sure orders are properly handed off between servers, the cooks and then back to the servers) that night. Working a stressful, visible and important position, observing the kitchen and the servers, and being observed.
When you are in a leadership role, make sure you are visible, setting an example and making a difference, in order to develop “sought after” staff.