The Heart vs. The Head

“I was signing up for freedom.” That response swiftly left my lips when my former partner (Bobby) in a former business (First Research) recently asked me what I was signing up for when I signed up to work with him. Bobby and I once were colleagues at a very large, national bank. We were both…

The Most Beautiful Machines Have The Least Moving Parts

That’s what Ted Juracsik, owner at Tibor Reels, believes and I could not agree more. If you have ever heard the sound a Tibor Reel’s drag makes when a large saltwater fish is hooked to your fly at the end of the leader – you have been changed forever. Now I’m not sure what is…

It’s Not Strictly Business. It’s Very Personal.

I’m a huge fan of the greatest movie ever made, “The Godfather.” I’ve seen it countless times, and I often do a terrible imitation of Michael Corleone, the character played by Al Pacino, saying the most famous quote from the movie. You know the scene. He offers to kill the police chief and Solazzo, the…

I Can’t Stop Rereading Rework

I just finished reading Rework for the 3rd time – from the guys at 37signals. My business partner, Wil, and I have been emailing each other quotes from this book since it came out. It’s about keeping your business model and products simple and focusing on what really matters. It’s about ignoring and doing less…

In and Out in Ninety Seconds

My guess is I’m one of the only people on the planet who will go to his grave arguing that “Point Break” is one of the greatest movies ever made. Yes, that Point Break. Keanu Reeves. Patrick Swayze. Gary Busey. Surfing. Bank robbery. Sky diving. Fist fights. Car chases. Drug raids. Shootouts. I’ll spare you…

Email Photos To Your Schedulefly Message Wall

I used to hate being scheduled as a “late” server. I always gave up that shift. Some people loved having that shift – because nights that started slow and ended with late a rush usually resulted in a fat pocket full of tips. The early waiters were cut since it was slow and then the…

Restaurant Owner Podcast # 6 – Jeff Gigante, Ciccio Restaurant Group

Ciccio Restaurant Group is located in Tampa Bay, FL. They have 6 Locations with over 350 Employees. Jeff started a pizzeria with a few college buddies while at Florida State University. Twenty years later, he owns a highly successful multi-concept, value-oriented restaurant group. His passion is palpable and highly contagious. If you are interested in…