Change your mindset about meetings


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.   


Author: billshappinessproject

I was near the end of 2016 when I realized that my life was totally out of balance. I was 30 and I was working my life away. I did not have strong relationships with my wife, family, or friends. It was around this time that I came across THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin. It was then that I decided to launch my own year long project towards personal happiness for the entire year of 2017.

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