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From A Cook To A Businessman: Things We Should Learn From Gordon Ramsay

From A Cook To A Businessman: Things We Should Learn From Gordon Ramsay

What can we possibly learn from a fierce Chef (born in poverty from Scottish decent to a violent, alcoholic father) with very little prospects? If that man’s name is Gordon Ramsay – we can learn a whole lot about breaking through into entrepreneurship.

As we peer into his life, coming from the struggles of despair and into the stardom of television – through which we all know him – let’s pick up on multiple distinct lessons that can be applied to our lives as we move forward in any industry.

A Challenging Childhood Can Inspire Greatness:

It doesn’t take a great launch pad to craft the right ingredients of an exceptional business person. Gordon Ramsay – much like a culinary delight – is the right combination of everything it takes to make it in business. This was partially due to his rather hard upbringing.

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When we look at similarly successful people like Aretha Franklin, we can easily draw a solid conclusion that the raging fire of passion and ambition that is ever enduring in entrepreneurs is often sparked and kindled by past grievances.

Mr. Ramsay moved out from his family home at the young age of 16 which is earlier than most. Still we see how he endured and overcame. In our own lives we can get a real connection of inspiration that it’s not where you come from, but where you want to go, that truly counts.

You Are The Product People Are Buying Into:

Often times in business we pay more attention to the product than we do the branding of the true product which is ourselves. While Gordon Ramsay’s dishes are delicious, his ways of gaining attention through his out of the box personality gained him stardom.

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There’re tons of Chefs who could whip up some delicacies that could make our mouths water, but few of them have branded themselves as the product rather than the food itself. Society places more value on a house rather than the person who builds it, but that’s the opposite of Gordon Ramsay.

He managed to make himself the true value and whether people loved his spirited attitude or hated it – they all wanted to see what he did next. We should also brand ourselves and be a commodity that our clients and all of society alike feel necessary to take part in.

Our Mistakes Can Lead Us In The Right Direction:

With life comes decisions and sometimes knowing if you made the right choice can bring about a lot of stress – this is particularly true for entrepreneurs. Gordon Ramsay’s first job was working as a commis chef for a decent sized hotel called the Wroxton House Hotel.

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Due to the fact he slept with the owner’s wife he had to leave at which time he moved to London. Now would he have moved and truly kick-started what would became a path to culinary greatness if he had not made the daring mistake of sleeping with the boss’s wife? One could assume not.

While it’s best to not try and deliberately harm anyone – as business people choices will be made and sometimes it will be wrong. You should always learn from the past, but never dwell in it. We should be flexible in nature. You can’t control all outcomes, but you can look towards the advantages.

Failure Is A Part Of The Success Package We All Can Face:

You can have the perfect product, a receptive audience, and a great name in your industry – still facing unexpected failure happens to even the best. This lesson is reinforced by the fact that Gordon Ramsay has closed a total of 12 restaurants since 2009.

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Remember, you don’t invest and put your heart into a business location to ever see it closed for good. So understand that when a business closes there’s someone who invested themselves even if they made a profit before closing shop.

You should take away from this that no matter how good you are – some of the best intentions will result in failure. It’s only a matter of time before we experience an unintentional hiccup in our business brought on by ourselves or outside circumstances – the important thing is to not question our product when we have clearly attained success and branding in various other ventures.

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Joseph Mongan

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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