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Chef Ramsay, YOUR Career, Part II

October 6th, 2008

Every once in a while I write a post that people say they love.  As a blogger, my ego is fed, even when I think “but I’ve written better!”  Well, I was pretty proud of my Chef Ramsay post, titled Chef Gordon Ramsay, of Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nighmares, and YOUR Career, but I did think I’d alienate a bunch of people who didn’t care about Hells Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, or potty-mouthed Ramsay.

I got a bunch of kudos for that post (THANK YOU!).  I was reviewing it today and realized I left out one very critical point, and one that is a hard pill to swallow.  This is a problem I suffer with, and I see it alot.  I see it everywhere … in my neighborhood, in families, in church, in school, and in people’s careers.

In a few episodes, Chef Ramsay would determine there was a team member not pulling his weight.  It was obvious to see the slacker on TV, as I think the production crew would focus on that.  Everyone in the restaurant knew about it, because they all had to pay the price by carrying the load of the one who didn’t do his job.

This problem can be called complacency.  Or perhaps being lazy.  Or perhaps being casual.

In one episode, a manager (I think the general manager) was in a meeting with Chef Ramsay and the restaurant team members, and the GM was laying on the bench, eyes closed, getting his hair stroked by a server.  DURING THE MEETING!  What the heck???

That clip was replayed at least once later in the show.  By the end of the show, that manager was gone.

He had gotten to casual about his duties, and his role.  The GM (1) laying, with his (2) eyes closed, and getting (3) caressed????  That’s three strikes in my book.  Definitely not appropriate meeting behavior, whether you are the GM or the trash-taker-outer.

Sometimes we are just too casual about our role in our jobs.  We might get comfortable, and slack off.  Or we might get bored and start performing less than our potential.  If that happens to you, you have two choices:

  1. Get the heck out! It’s time to move on.  You are not happy, and you are probably making others around you miserable.  Give yourself a pink slip, get into JibberJobber, and find a profession, industry or company where you can get serious about your job again.  If you need help getting out, check out Pamela Slim’s blog, Escape from Cubicle Nation.
  2. Change! There was one episode where the manager was a slob.  Gordon laid right into him from the beginning and didn’t lay off throughout the show.  I think Gordon wanted him gone.  But the owner, who was patient and forgiving, said the store and menu had a chance to change, and the manager should get the chance too.  I didn’t think it would last, but he did change, and it did last.  And guess who became happy because of the change?  EVERYONE!

The opposite of this problem is to take your job seriously.  Take your career seriously.  If Ramsay sat down with you today and you had to tell him about your career management, are you going to hear a lot of swearing?  Is he going to lay into you?

Or are you doing it all on purpose, with a purpose, and the right way?

Heaven help us who aren’t doing it on purpose enough!

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