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5 Books to Read this Month: March 2022

5 Books to Read this Month: March 2022

by David Klemt

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This month’s engaging and informative book selections will help you develop next-level culinary, beverage and marketing skills throughout 2022.

To review February’s book recommendations, click here.

Let’s jump in!

We Are All the Same Age Now: Valuegraphics, The End of Demographic Stereotypes

David Allison, founder of the Valuegraphics Project and author of this book, has been a guest on the Bar Hacks podcast twice. First, on episode 46, and again on episode 67. During both appearances, David explained the power of understanding people based on their values. What people have in common is far more powerful and effective than focusing on what divides us. Rather than continuing to point to harmful demographic stereotypes, the Valuegraphics Project focuses on values, psychographics, and standard demographics.

Pick up We Are All the Same Age Now to learn more and change your mindset.

Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ

When I visited South Carolina last year, I had a short list of restaurants I wanted to visit. Bar Hacks guest Brooks Quinn recommended pitmaster Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ in Charleston so I could try South Carolina barbecue. I’m glad I asked Brooks because the food was incredible. So incredible, in fact, that I overate and had to to do my best to walk off my resulting food coma.

Those who want to learn the art of South Carolina barbecue—or just great barbecue in general—need Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ book in their lives.

Smoked Cocktails

Beyond imparting wonderful flavor, we all know one of the greatest benefits of smoking a cocktail: Everyone who sees and smells the process is going to want to order one. While Smoked Cocktails is aimed at the home bartender, there’s plenty of useful information for operators, managers, and bar staff. Author Frank Marino shares the steps for smoking cocktails; identifies “cocktail families”; details more than 100 recipes; and more.

Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health

Chef Gregory Gourdet is the chef/owner behind Kann, a restaurant in Portland, OR, set to open its doors this year. The live-fire concept marries Haitian cuisine, ingredients sourced in Oregon, seasonality, and sustainability. When the Top Chef finalist went sober, he sought a healthier lifestyle. As a chef, he pursued that lifestyle in part through cooking. Everyone’s Table focuses on global cuisine that feature superfoods and high nutrient density while delivering delicious, decadent flavors. The 200 recipes in this book may not contain gluten, dairy, soy, legumes or grains but they’re still mouthwatering.

Rum Curious: The Indispensable Tasting Guide to the World’s Spirit

For the past several years now, several spirits experts and rum aficionados have made the same hopeful claim: This will be rum’s year. Finally, they say, rum will get the respect its due and topple vodka, tequila, and whiskey to grab the top spot. However, that has yet to happen. Well, yet to happen in North America, anyway.

Rum was once the world’s spirit, and maybe this year will be its year. In Rum Curious, revered spirits author Fred Minnick shares not only the story of rum but also his tips for conducting an effective rum tasting. With guests more curious than ever, engaging rum tastings may help springboard rum to the top of the spirits list.

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Leadership: The Other 10-second Rule

Leadership: The Other 10-second Rule

by David Klemt

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Those who remember last week’s Friday post will recall that there’s more than one 10-second rule.

Interestingly, this “other” rule also relates to communication.

As we all know, communication is paramount to leading teams and building relationships with others.

Last Week’s Rule

Deceptively simple, last week’s 10-second rule focuses on easing tensions.

If a situation is about to boil over or is already out of control, going silent for 10 seconds can cool things off.

First, shutting up for ten seconds stops the argument cold. Second, it provides time for the person leveraging this tactic to respond rationally.

Third, it humanizes the other person. Rather than seeing an opponent, the person going quiet for ten seconds remembers that this is a team member they’re engaging.

Finally, people who use this rule say going silent tends to snap the other party out of their hostility.

Treating others with respect and dignity, along with encouraging open communication and a free flow of ideas, are hallmarks of a healthy workplace culture.

This Week’s Rule

There are, of course, similarities between this week’s rule and last week’s. Obviously, they both call for a ten-second “timeout” to talking.

Also, they both focus on humanizing the other person in the conversation.

I came across the other 10-second rule on the Accounting Today website. Accountant and author Kyle Walters writes that his rule is also simple: If Walters talks for ten consecutive seconds during a client meeting, he stops to ask an open-ended question. Crucial to the process is that Walters then gives the person answering time to talk.

Now, while Walters applies this to client meetings, it’s useful for conversation in general. As he points out, it breaks the bad habits of dominating conversations; giving off the impression that you’re selfish and don’t care about the others in conversations; and not listening to others.

Anyone who leads a team; needs to develop relationships with suppliers, distributors, contractors, investors, banks, inspectors, etc.; and wants to build relationships with guests knows that listening is crucial.

Sure, ten seconds doesn’t seem like a lot of time. However, take the time to actually see how many thoughts you can fire off in ten seconds. You’ll see how much talking for that “small” amount of time can quickly seem domineering if you don’t stop to include others in the conversation.

There’s also the “small” detail that you’re not having a conversation if you’re not listening—you’re just delivering a speech…and it’s probably not a good one.

It takes work to break bad habits. However, the benefit to your personal growth, leadership abilities, and business are worth the effort.

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