I know this is an unusual concept but think about it. Can you be an entrepreneur in someone else’s restaurant? Can you have a job, and be an entrepreneur? Can you really have the benefits of working for yourself without the risk, and with a paycheck? The answer is yes.
Can you sell yourself? Because if you are a restaurant manager then that is what you do. If you’ve done the aptitude tests and score high for entrepreneurship, but are not in the lifestyle that can accept the risk, then maybe you need to look at a new job, as a manager in the hospitality industry.
Why do Entrepreneurs Make Good Hospitality Managers?
We live in a network of relationships that make life worth living. Most of our qualities escape quantification. They are not mathematical. They are abstract. A good manager needs to acknowledge and value multiple perspectives and integrate different contributions into one, successful, project.
Acknowledge, Integrate, Evaluate, Collaborate – The mathematical formula for success. The more successful you are, the more freedom you have to take risks, and grasp opportunities. The more successful projects you complete, the more opportunities will be offered to you.
If you can run a business then you can map the diversity of perspectives and turn them into a visual sales aid. People will use these to act more wisely, make better choices, face uncertainty, and recognize their limits. Once they can ‘see’ then you can motivate them to change, improve, and excel.
By leading and introducing more synergistic solutions, you can introduce new procedures, technology, and innovations. You can predict your team’s action, reaction, or response based on their worldview, value system, and perspective. Perspective influences their way of responding to a situation.
Understanding people’s perspective gives you the ability to build something they want, and need, and then sell it to them. This works for selling ideas to upper management and investors, all the way down to the kitchen staff.
Restaurant owners are only concerned with one thing. Success, because success equals profits. They also educate themselves to give themselves knowledge, and knowledge is power. The world looks at them and sees risk taking, chaos, and trying to get your own way. The business world looks at the same management style and sees The Four Quadrant Framework of Integral Theory (Wilber 2007) in practice and execution.
If you still don’t think that you would make a good restaurant manager let’s look at the process that Einstein referred to as the new way of thinking that might help us resolve problems created by narrative of separation. An entrepreneur is more than a dreamer. Anyone can dream. An entrepreneur makes things happen. More than that, they get people behind them and turn ideas into a tangible reality.
Is that you? Can you bring together different people and encourage them to work as a team, prevent problems, and turn ideas into something you can hold? If so, then you are both an entrepreneur, and an excellent restaurant management candidate.