Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Restaurant Impossible Changes Lives

This evening I saw an inspiring renovation of both a restaurant as well as lives on Robert Irvine's Food Network Show, Restaurant Impossible. What struck me about the show was Robert's people skills in convincing individuals to change their behavior. Notably in the show about Frankie's by the Tracks, Robert was dealing with two dual-owners - and former friends - who could barely talk to each other about the running of the restaurant. The wife of one owner was caught in the middle and devastated by the conflict. Ultimately, Robert facilitated a transformation that resulted from him asking one owner to seek a "shared vision" rather than asking his partner to "trust me [because I have] a vision for the restaurant." That simple business concept of a shared vision and collaboration was fulfilling and hopefully made a difference in the business. On his show, Robert is never just fixing a business; he is changing people's lives.

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