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MICHELANGELO KNEW HIS BUSINESS. DO YOU KNOW YOURS?

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I was on holiday in Rome and visited the Sistine Chapel (Italian: Cappella Sistina). It is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture, evocative of Solomon’s Temple of the Old Testament. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) of the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512.

It was breathtaking. The work, design, patience, persistence and talent of this individual, Michelangelo, awed me.

I had learnt from an art historian and staffer at the Vatican is that Michelangelo started to paint the scenes and after two scenes stepped down off the scaffolding that he put up by himself. Remember it is a long way down, very tedious work, standing while painting the ceiling and he was doing this painting by candlelight. Upon reaching the floor, he looked up and examined the images, the people he had painted, and the colors and after careful examination realized it was too busy and not enough clarity for people to see and understand. He then proceed to climb back up and continue his scenes with less images, and less people in order to get his message across clearly.  He made simpler scene to make the scenes speak clear and louder to more people.

After hearing this and thinking about it for a while, I thought what Michelangelo did in the 1500s is applicable today. Whether you run a business, or run a department, do not just move ahead without a plan. Plans should be evaluated as you move forward to see if it is realistic, are you achieving your goals and does it make sense for the rest of the team. Do not be afraid to change direction, strategy, or your choice of image (people) to get you where you need to be to be successful and satisfied with your piece of work.

Now you may think, why did he not start over at that time if he wasn’t satisfied with how it was coming out? I do not believe he was not satisfied but I think he felt that for more people to get something out of it, spirituality and visually, he needed to change his tactics to reach a broader audience.

Can you relate to what Michelangelo did?  Are there days you wished you stopped and changed direction in your business plan, strategy? Are there times you felt you kept going because you invested too much time and you were going to complete the task even if you know you should have altered the strategy?

I would like to hear how this story resonates with you?

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ACTIVE FOODSERVICE

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When it comes to eating, selecting and producing of food always remember the seasonality of food is reflected of time and place its grown.

When we talk about local what does it mean? Does it mean the food comes from a certain region, certain radius from where it’s been served or produced, or it’s in the general area of a country (e.g. Nordic).

What about taste? Ingredient taste is related to place, environment, soil and weather too.

Do you consider this in your selection of products?

All of these help you develop and experiment to produce products, menu items that will delight yourself and your consumers.

Today many of us are explorers of the edible planet whether it’s through media, television, internet, in person and/or food conferences/shows. We are learning and relearning new products types, taste, production, and presentation. We learn about fusion and layering of flavors. We learn about options we never ever had. We learn more cultures, ethnic cuisine, and flavors

Food becomes who you are and how you feel whether you are the producer or the consumer.

Food initiatives, ideas, people; make up that perfect storm for the foodservice industry. You continue moving forward and will calm down to a normal roar. There’s growth in everything if you seek it out. there is opportunity to learn, to grow, to be expanded upon. There is real and rich opportunity in every storm, perfect or otherwise.

Passionately,

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TRANSPARENCY

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I was thinking about these terms transparency, clarity and credibility. Does your consumers even know you or all your products? What do people think today about  certain organizations, company products or services? Do you even know what your own colleagues and peers perceive about you or products or services?  the value? the credibility? How about associated industries?

How do you find out about a company?  How do you find out about their services?  How do you find out about their products? How do you find out about their  follow-up?  One way is peers, family members, industry partners, the internet and the use of social media sites. This has given the consumer, and potential employee the edge and a weapon.

Three ways you can get started: Survey who are your clients by reviewing your website and social media platforms with analytics that are available. Put on the reality glasses and view as if you were a client and see if  what you offer gives people a reason to engage with you.Have an independent consultant ask the questions for you or do some Intel on this to make sure positive perception and reality align itself.

Then what?  Culture, product, and/or strategy changes, and better alignment with solutions and more. What should  content be stating? Think about what you would want perception and reality to be in the public sphere.  Think value added to that consumer, service above expectations, the ability to reach out and verify your content credibility,  guarantees, major differentials, ability to connect with the right person within the company, and easy access(don’t make me search on a social media platform to find how to follow-up or get info).   Testimonials,  product information, and relevant  resources and content. For example, if it’s a mattress topper discuss mattress talk about reviews, give resources links about how to set up a good bedroom atmosphere, resources on how to  get good sleep. Resources, blogs and discussion(even tweet chats) to give that product more of a visual and engaging perception. Making it real and relatable.  Product  and content collaboration can lead to better engagement of your market and its consumers.

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