“Time is a friend of the wonderful company, an enemy of the mediocre.” -Warren Buffet, “The Oracle of Omaha”
A company is not it’s catchy marketing slogan.
A company is not it’s slick brand logo.
A company is not it’s well-crafted corporate vision.
A company is not it’s technology.
A company is not it’s meat.
A company is not it’s service modules.
As you peel back the onion…
A company is it’s accountability to the behaviors which establish culture.
A company is it’s leadership.
A company is it’s people.
A company is the culminated character & integrity of it’s people – from front lines to the c-suite & back.
Not the slogan & logo. The people. Not the product. The people. Not the blah, blah, blah. The people.
So. Here’s what I know. After 15 years of working in the boardrooms of Corporate America’s largest organizations, alongside those organization’s CEOs, CFOs & CMOs – Businesses are no different than people. They are creatures of accountability (or lack there of), developing productive (or counter-productive) habits which drive organizational culture & bottom line. And. If you give a business (&/or their leadership) long enough, behind closed doors, the ultimate character & integrity of that business demonstrates it’s true colors. For better or worse. Often, for worse.
With that said. In a time of year where we all have an opportunity to express our thanks – It’s every day more than the last in which I’m truly appreciative for wonderful relationships cultivated alongside the people in organizations like Char-Broil, Whole Foods Market & The Lisa Ekus Group (just to name a few) – People who operate by a code of conduct focused in character. Individuals who elevate their employees, clients, partners, & community – A rare breed who continually demonstrate themselves behind closed doors in the same fashion in which they are perceived in the public eye. These individuals set & reset the bar annually for all others in this industry. I’ve had an opportunity to see their work first hand & am grateful for these partnerships.
Looking forward to 2015. It’s going to be a grand year for A Bachelor & His Grill. Stay hungry. Stay tuned. Cheers! -David.