It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything on here, but I suppose for now that’s okay since I not only have no followers, but have very little concrete substance to act as proper material so early in the game.
Anyway, over the past few months I’ve been carrying on the usual day-to-day tasks of beverage manager for my employer, Saturday through Wednesday, week in, week out. In regards to operations, not much lights me up. It’s been the same corporate-controlled, mind-numbing tasks for some time. No new challenges, no inspiration.
Meanwhile, in my off-hours, I’ve been gobbling up every last bit of information and knowledge pertaining to my vision and further forming its foundation. So far, this has funneled in via two mediums: books and seminars.
Books help cover all the bases of the industry, both those I’ve experienced first-hand over the last six years and those foreign and new to me. At times, I’m enthralled, highlighting like crazy (I’m currently on my third highlighter). The information new to me — the stuff that’s normally handed to you on a silver platter when doing a corporate opening — energizes my mind and spirit. Other times, when the subject matter pertains to the daily ins and outs that I’ve got down already, the pages seem to turn oh-so-slowly as the day drags on.
On the other hand, I’ve been attending several seminars put on by both the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) and San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) brand-spanking-new Energy Innovation Center (EIC). As their namesake’s depict, I’ve been learning an enormous amount of insightful information regarding sustainable practices, cutting energy costs, food safety, and how to be more environmentally friendly as a business operation. I could go on and on, but I’m not sure I’d ever make it to the end.
Instead, I’ll just give a rundown of the materials I’ve been soaking up during this multi-month absence from Tumblr.
Books (in no particular order):
1. The No Asshole Rule - Robert Sutton
2. Weird Ideas That Work - Robert Sutton
3. Good Boss, Bad Boss - Robert Sutton
4. The One Minute Manager - Ken Blanchard & Spencer Johnson
5. Raving Fans - Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles
6. Start and Run a Money-Making Bar - Bruce Fier
7. Start Your Own Bar and Club - Liane Cassavoy
8. Sacred Commerce - Matthew & Terces Englehart
9. Restaurant Success by the Numbers - Roger Fields
10. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting and Running a Bar - Steve Johns & Carey Rossi
11. The Professional Bar & Beverage Manager’s Handbook - Douglas Brown (pending)
12. Running a Bar for Dummies - Ray Foley & Heather Dismore (pending)
Seminars (in chronological order):
1. Sustainable Landscaping Contracting & Irrigation
2. How to Manage Your Energy Business Costs
3. How to Sell an Energy Efficiency Project
4. So You Want to Be an Energy Manager
5. Justifying Investment in Energy Efficiency
6. Converting Energy Audits to Business Plans
7. Effective & Efficient Food Service Lighting
8. Energy Efficiency for Chefs
9. Update on Food Safety
10. Where, When & Which Lighting Controls Are Really Cost Effective (pending)
11. Hot Rebates, Cool Savings (pending)
12. Identifying Energy Efficient Upgrades and Incentives (pending)
In a related realm, benefiting an intertwined combination of both professional and personal growth, I recently attended a workshop entitled “A New View of Love” and will soon be diving into three intense days of Landmark Forum.
Meanwhile, all the little Fair Share ideas keep coming. The scattered puzzle pieces are nearly all sorted out, the corner pieces discovered, and the image as a whole has been identified. Feeling really excited and eager to start putting it all together. Pro forma here I come!