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Profit is in the DETAIL!

The Profit is in the Detail – The Cornerstones of a profitable Restaurant Well too often we will see owners and managers look at the numbers in their restaurant with rose colored glasses. Not paying attention to the true value of their food cost and labor; instead...

What My Mothers Funeral Taught me about Legacy!

I’ll never forget my mother’s funeral, not for the reason you might think.  It was quite the opposite of a somber and sad day.  Before you get all confused, my mother fought cancer as well as other debilitating issues that made accepting the finality more accepted. ...

How far are you willing to go? Almost 4K miles in 90hrs?

Almost 4K miles later – What have we learned I sit hear flying back from a 90hr trip that took me over 2,300 miles in the air and 1,500 miles driving.  What could cause someone to take such an over the top trip; life and the pursuit of success, that’s what.  The...

Share the Credit, Own the Blame

When someone introduces me as a superior, boss or supervisor I always correct them immediately, and explain it’s my job to get the best out of people, to never do more than share credit and always take the blame. They usually laugh and look at me like a confused...

Quit Repeating Mistakes

Last summer I wrote a piece on LinkedIn about the problems we often see in bars/full scale restaurants.  Over the past couple of months we have seen the same problems coming up over and over regardless of size, location or experience.  When looking into owning a...

Listening Speaks Volumes at Work and in Life

To “say nothing” was the hardest skill I’ve had to learn in my career.  Though self confidence, experience and title have helped to minimize the need to be heard, learning how to affectively listen is a skill greatly needed.  I’ve learned that getting...

The 5am Sunday Meeting & Self Awareness

This is not to say that you need to have a meeting at 5am on a Sunday; this is about conforming to your team to help them when it’s convenient for them; not you.  You can gain much more from the direction you are giving if you are sacrificing on your end just to give...

The Words of Our Past – To Contribute a Verse

“That you are Here-that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.” – Walt Whitman The words of the past prove that the human spirit has been and is still alive. We strive to be a part of something bigger than ourselves;...

The Architecture of Ones Success

When I was growing up I had a passion for architecture (Frank Lloyd Wright via Smithsonianmag.com); the bases in building something great in life follow similar routes to a great piece of architecture. It’s through those similarities to which I have tried to calculate...

The psychological ripple effect at work

Having a great system with highly educated and experience employees doesn’t guarantee you will maximize the true potential of your company or the people within.  Taking time to think through communications, ensuring the coaching you are giving is not only important...

The NBA & your Business – A lesson in talent

What the NBA and sports leagues can teach you about your businesses growth. With the NBA trade deadline having passed (by the time I post this) there is a review of the league to see there are a few teams at the elite top. a group of teams that are very good, but just...

How a Bonus leads to small business profits

Using a structured bonus system for your business allows you to maximize on the hard work and sacrifices you’ve put in to grow your company. How can you be certain they see the weight you have to carry, the struggles of owning a business. There are great things...

Capital Investment & your Restaurant

Is a capital investment (like Credibly.com) enough to help your restaurant or small business grow, survive a rough patch or simply solidify your company?  Ensuring you utilize the right company for a great rate is just the beginning, what you do with the capital and...

Teens in Restaurants & Small Businesses

How is it that we forget so quickly what it is like to be young?  To be a teen with minimal vision, over confidence and a sense of self-worth disproportionate from our reality?  How quickly we forget the lack of vision we had, gravitas we often walked with and issues...

The most expensive is the best, Right?

This need to have the best, be the best and utilize the best is in our nature and drives us to succeed but it can also be our worst enemy.  It is in these moments that we must work hard to ask ourselves if it is needed, is it excess and can we operate at a peak...

Year in Review, our Solutions

Year in Review Looking back on 2015 and the people we have been able to work with, the foundation we have been able to build and the prospects of 2016 made me want to share how our programs have helped our clients and how they can help yours.  I also wanted to take a...

What are Blue Rock’s Solutions?

  Blue Rock Consultants Blue Rock was founded by Charles D’Amico to maximize a company’s efficiency, growth and ultimately profits.  With an approach based in project (not hourly) and aggressive contingent based pay structures (we don’t get paid unless we...