A horizontal bar, known as the limbo bar, is placed atop two vertical bars. All contestants must attempt to go under the bar with their backs facing toward the floor. Whoever knocks the bar off or falls is eliminated from the contest. When passing under the bar, players must bend backwards. No part of their bodies is allowed to touch the bar and no part other than their feet may touch the ground. Wikipedia

1. Do you have your dream team or does it suck?

Have you got the team you deserve? Do all your team members pull together? Do they do exactly what they say they’ll do, when they say they’ll do it? Do they respect and trust each other to do their jobs properly? If not, why not?

As a restaurant manager it’s your job to create the best team you can possibly find. A second rate team just won’t do if you’re striving for excellence; which of course you should be. No matter if your restaurant’s big or small, in a bustling town or a secluded country village, it’s your reputation on the line.

TIP: A manager needs to create the best team possible.

2. Have you taken the trouble to choose wisely?

As every restaurant manager should know teams don’t just arrive – they’re created. The more care you take when creating your team the better they’ll perform. You need the right people on your team so consider each member carefully. Be selective. Ask pertinent questions in job interviews. Remember you’re not just hiring a waiter or a runner, you’re hiring a waiter or runner who’ll fit your team. They’ll need to have the same work ethic, the same values and the same commitment as those already on your team.

TIP: Only hire staff who fit the team.

3. Building your team

Building a team is like creating a wonderful dish, you read the recipe, gather the right ingredients, mix gently, bake and watch it rise! By making sure each member of your team is the right person to do the right job you’ll get the best results. You’ll need to nurture their strengths and support their weaknesses; encourage and lead, don’t boss or demean. Follow the recipe correctly and you’ll build a great team.

TIP: Don’t put the ice cream on the outside of a Baked Alaska.

4. Set a high bar

As a manager you’ll need to set the bar high enough for all team members to jump to reach it! You don’t want anyone doing the limbo in your restaurant. You’ll need to set and keep high standards not only for your team but for yourself too. Always lead by example and never let standards slip – not ever.

TIP: Never let your standards slip.

5. Now you have your team?

And when, at last, you’ve got your dream team in place – what do you do with it? Well, I can tell you one thing, if you do nothing, it’ll be gone in a flash. So, you’ll need to nurture it – so it grows, motivate it – so it gets better, support it -so it doesn’t fail and encourage it – so it keeps going.

TIP: Train to sustain.


  • Set a high bar
  • Jump
  • Never limbo

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