391: How to become a great listener with Howard Solomon

In this episode with Howard Solomon, we discuss what made him fall in love with hospitality,  the impact of great culture in your business, the “all for one mentality”, paying attention to the details, the importance of listening, what Solomon learned from Wolfgang Puck, trying things outside of your comfort zone, how to be a great listener, how empathy is the soul of listening, how to gain trust, how to empower your people

A graduate of the University of Iowa and Illinois State University, Solomon served Wolf Gang Puck as Director of Culinary Administration before starting his own Hospitality Consulting Firm, The Solomon Group. During this time Solomon was also an educator, teaching Restaurant Managementment at San Diego State University. Today, Soloman serves as Founder of Solomon 2.0 where his mission is to open the eyes of good leaders and give them a “great leader make-over.”

Show notes…

Favorite Success Quote or Mantra.

“Leadership is action, not a title.”

“A leader is a Cheif Listening Officer.”

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which “it factor” habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?

    • Authenticity.
  2. What is your biggest weakness?

    • Being a little scary.
    • Not being able to “turn off his mind”.
  3. What’s one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?

    • Look for good listening skills.
    • Eye contact.
    • Passion.
  4. What’s a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?

    • Convincing people they need to be great.
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.

    • Respect.
  6. What one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff.

    • 5-10-15 Rule.
  7. Share an online resource or tool.

  8. What’s one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?

  9. What’s one piece of technology you’ve adopted in your restaurant and how has it influence operations?

    • Toast, Revel, Clover, Touch Bistro
  10. If you got the news that you’d be leaving this world tomorrow and all memories of you, your work, and your restaurants would be lost with your departure with the exception of 3 pieces of wisdom you could leave behind for the good of humanity, what would they be.

    • Be a go-getter.

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