Few people worry about problems that kill their career until they find themselves in the same job for 10 years, or they were fired from a position they felt secure in. A  successful Restaurant Manager follow certain habits. This includes preventing problems before they start. Successful people also believe that you cannot fail until you quit. The same applies to solving your problems.

The antidote for problems is daily learning and improving. I worked with the recruiters at Gecko Hospitality to come up with a list of things that can help launch your learning program, so you can prevent your career killing problems and move into a better restaurant manager position. 

1. Job or Career

How do you view your life, today? Have you been working over the last year to build a career, or do a job? Ask a professional recruiter to look at your resume. Ask them what their opinion is. Hire a career coach to help you create a job hunting strategy.

It is easy to determine whether you are doing a job or building a career. If you are doing a job you have nothing tangible to hold. You do not have a plan. Career builders have a growing profile and marketing campaign. They may not work daily but there are not big gaps in their courses, books read, articles published, and social networking campaign.

It doesn’t matter whether you are content in your job or thinking of transitioning to a better job. You are either doing a job, or building a career.

2. Successful People Make Things Happen

Most people who are just starting out know ‘what to do’ but ‘how to do it’ remains a mystery. Making things happen is easy:

·         Good things happen when every customer is given special treatment

·         Problems are avoided when you go the extra mile

·         Good managers develop more mangers

·         Successful people invest in other people

·         A smile makes a difference

·         Lift teammates up – anyone can destroy a leader builds

·         Management is not a position, it is an action

·         Managers do not talk or plan, they do

·         Work harder than you are paid to work

·         Nothing is a mundane task, it is either a problem, or an opportunity in the making

·         Good manners are remembered

3. A Dead End is a Mental Barrier

A dead end is only a dead end if you let it be. I’ve coached restaurant managers who see their job as a dead end job. After a few months they realize that the career barrier was built in their own mind. The Hospitality and Tourism industry has no glass ceilings. Are you in a workplace that has no opportunity for advancement? If so, may I ask why? Why did you take the job? Why are you not preparing for a new job?

There is a line in the movie, “A Knights Tale”, where the hero says, “Can a man change the stars?” His father calmly replies, “Yes, William. If he believes enough, a man can do anything.”

Sometimes we are stuck in a problem because we do not believe we can escape. We may be held by the illusion of security, or by fear of failure. The solution to this is always, and always will be, self-education. The more you learn the more opportunities you have.

Later in the movie William repeats this statement with a twist, A man can change his stars. I won’t spend the rest of my life as nothing.”  William has identified a problem, and uses his strengths as a solution.

The first step to solving your problems is to identify your strengths. If you don’t have any then start building the skills needed, based on the work you enjoy doing.

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