I laugh in my own mind when I think about how I used to view my monthly General Manager meeting compared to how I view them now. I also laugh at the difference between myself as a rookie versus now as a partially seasoned veteran.
I used to view meetings as a total waste of time where all the information shared could have been wrapped up in a concall or email so I wouldn’t have to burn a day of work. I felt that way because I didn’t say a word and just sat their silence. Usually daydreaming or playing with my cellphone. Off in Bill Land somewhere. The reason for this silence was simple. I didn’t have the courage to speak up. I didn’t think my ideas where good or I didn’t think the 15 plus year vets would take me seriously. And even worse, the was a time where I was so far up my own ass that I didn’t want to see others succeed. “I’m doing well…Why would I want to help someone else? I don’t want them stealing my ideas”. What a horrible mentality.
Times have changed. And I approach meetings when the mentality of “it is…What you make of it” I share my opinions as well as listen the best I can. I give advice as well as seek it from others. I try to give straight shooter feedback. “Enough bullshit….It’s time to make money” I believe David Chang said that. I do still get frustrated by the content at times but there are somethings you cannot change about the corporate restaurant business. At the very least…I see it as a day away from the grind.
The point is that if you go into anything with a negative attitude…What do you think you’re going to get out of it. Speak up. Be visible. Be engaged.