282: What Persistence Can Do with Tim McEnery



McEnery earned his bachelor’s degree in Restaurant and Hotel Management from Purdue University and honed his skills at Aramark’s specialty restaurant division and Lynfred Winery. McEnery was able to bring Cooper’s Hawk Winery to life at the age of 29, opening the first restaurant in Orland Park, IL in 2005.

Eleven years and 25 locations later Tim is CRUSHING IT!

In this episode Tim talks to use about: what can happen if you’re persistent; how to switch from a working in your business to working on your business mentality; finding people who are as good or better than us to join our team; and why we never can stop learning.

Show notes…

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Favorite Success Quote or Mantra

“Good is the enemy of great”

-Jim Collins

Career Challenge or Failure

Getting overly excited and anxious about good ideas, which leads to skipping the due diligence of planning and bringing in different opinions.

Knowledge bombs

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

    • determinism.
    • Optimism.
  2. What is your biggest weakness?

    • moving too fast.
  3. What is one piece of advice you have for leading others?

    • Be a servant leader.
    • Your people need to know you would be willing to do the same thing you’re asking of them.
  4. What’s one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? 

    1. Do not hire anyone you wouldn’t want to get a beer with after work.
    2. Ask them to “tell you an example of something fun you’ve done recently.”
  5. What’s a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?

    • Getting great people to come work for you.
    • You need to create outstanding reasons for people to join your team.
  6. What’s one thing (besides food) your restaurant does well and separates you from other restaurants?

    • Having intimate guest relations.
  7. What’s one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?

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

    1. Tim keeps a television in all of his restaurants so that he can broadcast messages to his entire team.
  9. With all the knowledge you have now if you could go back in time and give your past self one piece of business advice, What would it be and why?

    • Hang in there

Contact Info 

Email: TMcEnery@CHwinery.com

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