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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 33 minutes
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- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 28, 2006
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000JCE38O
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Union Square Café came in second. (As it did last year.)
Eleven Madison Park ranked fourteen. (Down one from 2005.)
Tabla was eighteen. (Up one from 2005.)
Blue Smoke --- unranked in 2005 --- was the 36th most popular restaurant.
These Manhattan restaurants were all conceived by one man: Danny Meyer, who has also created the restaurants at The Museum of Modern Art and an outdoor joint called Shake Shack. Most restaurants fail, and quickly; these restaurants have, most of them, been around long enough to qualify as "institutions." If you have ever had the good fortune to sample Danny Meyer's food, you know they are likely to remain so deep into the future.
Now Danny Meyer has written a book. It is nominally a memoir about his life in restaurants. But although there are mouth-watering descriptions of great meals, it will be a great tragedy if this book becomes "food porn," devoured by foodies and unknown to the general public. This is a bigger book, and a better book, than that. (Not that there's anything wrong with food porn.) For one thing, it is a business book that should be read --- like: today! --- by anyone whose livelihood involves face-to-face encounters with customers. For another, it is a hands-on, real-world book of practical philosophy that could knock a great deal of sense into those who believe that nice guys finish last and the only way to get to the top is to kick others off the ladder as you claw your way up.
This book obeys the form of memoir, especially in the young Meyer's culinary education --- his writing will remind some readers of A.J.Read more ›
1. You have direct and frequent contact with customers.
2. You train and/or supervise those who do.
3. You need to improve your "people skills" in your business and personal relationships.
4. Your organization has problems attracting, hiring, and then keeping the people it needs to prosper.
5. Your organization has problems with others who, for whatever reasons, consistently under-perform.
It is no coincidence that many of those on Fortune magazine's annual list of most admired companies reappear on its annual list of most profitable companies. Moreover, both customers and employees rank "feeling appreciated" among the three most important attributes of satisfaction. Now consider the total cost of a mis-hire or the departure of a peak performer: Estimates vary from six to 18 times the annual salary, including hours and dollars required by the replacement process.
Until now, I have said nothing about Danny Meyer nor about the restaurant industry so as to reassure those who read this brief commentary that, although Setting the Table does indeed provide interesting information about him and his background, the book's greater value derives (in my opinion) from the lessons he has learned from his successes and failures thus far, both within and beyond the kitchen.
One of the most important concepts in this book is hospitality. Here's what Meyer has to say about it: "hospitality is the foundation of my business philosophy. Virtually nothing else is as important as how one is made to feel in any business transaction. Hospitality exists when you believe the other person is on your side.Read more ›
As a business leader you should study excellence in your industry and outside of your industry and there are numerous take-aways in Setting the Table that can be applied to any business. Here are ten excellent points I took away from Mr. Meyer's book.
1. The Excellence Reflex - "A natural reaction to fix something that isn't right, or to improve something that could be better." The excellent reflex is a natural reaction that some people have and cannot be taught. Meyer trains his leaders how hire those that have it.
2. Employees can be categorized as Overwhelmers, Whelmers, and Underwhelmers. It is easy to identify Underwhelmers and get rid of them. The most dangerous employees are the Whelmers because "they infuse an organization and its staff with mediocrity...and send a dangerous message to your staff and guests that "average" is acceptable."
3. Coaching is correcting with dignity.
4. You obtain valuable leadership skills while managing volunteers. It requires you to consistently motivate employees beyond their earnings.
5. Create a sense of "shared ownership" with your customers by taking an interest in them and making them feel important. They will view you as a partner instead of a provider.
6. ABCD - Always Be Collecting Dots. You should aggressively collect lots of little information about your customer (dots) as they interact with your product or service.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting narrative exploration of the deeper meaning of hospitality with a dash of community building and long term strategic thinking thrown in.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I like Danny Meyers ideas as far as putting employees first. Happy cooks and servers means happy customers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by smalzz
I am giving this book mediocre rating because my husband is six pages in and there is already a typo. It reads: "meats and and cheeses" why the two ands? why no editing? Read morePublished 1 month ago by shana j kelley
I found this book very informative and quite personal. A lot of in-depth information and explanation about what 'great service' means.Published 1 month ago
This is a terrible book. I bought it to learn more about hospitality, not Danny's "otherworldly' privilege.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book should be required reading for anyone who aspires to change paradigms & push themselves beyond what they think is possible. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steven A. Kalifowitz
What a fantastic book. If your in the service industry this is must read. It also shows a side of Mr. Meyer which is humbling at admitting the growing pains. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Emilio J. Torres-Requena