I was a chef by trade. Or at least I worked my way up through the kitchen hierarchy from scrubbing pots and peeling spuds to Head Chef of an acclaimed restaurant. I love to cook, and I was in my element., but as I rose in the kitchen I had to learn leadership rapidly.
Half a day in a busy kitchen will test any leader’s ability.
Time is the enemy. Customers demand service. A kitchen porter failed to show for work, and there are no clean pots. Someone bleeds over the mise en place as they got distracted. You accidently touch a scolding pan and the hollandaise curdles. Leadership comes to the fore in such times.
In the early 80’s I got into the then new-fangled contraptions known as computers.
I found that I could programme these machines and get them to do useful things. I combined my understanding of managing food and kitchens and wrote software to manage food and beverage stock control. Later, I wrote software to manage hotel reservations and accounts.
I left the life of the kitchens for the joy of training others to use computer systems to improve their control and productivity.
My alma mater called and asked if I would teach IT to hospitality students and I readily agreed.
In April 1991 I began pulling all the strings together and set up the company that was to become the Corporate Edge Group.
In my coaching and training, I’m still creating recipes. The ingredients are what you need to know and understand. The method is predominantly using simulations and learning in action to enable and empower you to transfer your learning back to the workplace.
Oh and I still cook. And yes, I am good.
“What’s better today?”
Every day I ask myself and everyone I meet. And it sums up my approach to leadership coaching and mentoring. It’s also the title of my bestselling leadership book “What’s Better Today? How to Grow and Learn into the Leader You Can Be“.
Is to help you achieve positive change encouraging, enabling and empowering you to realise personal success in business, career and life.
I’ve been coaching, mentoring and teaching people for more than 25 years now, and it is my privilege and honour to touch and improve people’s lives.