Work Hard, Eat Pizza Hard

“The brightest minds spend their time either pursuing their activity with ferocious intensity, or engaging in complete restoration and recovery.” -Brad Stulberg

In downtown Orlando surrounded by hotels and convention centers I stumbled upon some unexpectedly good pizza.  The tourist trap in which I was staying seemed like the last place I’d find a decent pie; but what I found was not only exceptional, it also provided a release from a rigorous day of working a trade-show floor. My long days in Florida and the delicious pizza I found have me appreciating the old saying “work hard, play hard”.

Just like a solid pizza needs to be balanced between crust, sauce and cheese; we too must find the equilibrium between work and play.  Pizza is the ultimate reward after a well exerted effort.

Lafayette’s Music Room


As my colleagues and I explored for dinner we stumbled upon a little spot called Lafayette’s Music Room that specializes in Southern inspired entrees and live Blues, Jazz and Rock n’ Roll 7 nights a week.  The menu ranged from jalepeno hushpuppies to jambalaya to chicken and waffles; everything looked amazing, but after scoping the eclectic pizza section, I knew deep down it was pizza time.

After studying the unique pizza options it immediately became apparent that picking a winner would be a challenge, as everything looked awesome.   After several minutes of verbally fantasizing the possibilities with my two buddies; we opted for the genius idea of splitting three pizza’s three ways so we could truly experience what Lafayette’s had to offer.

The Trifecta.


Cajun Crawfish Pizza.

The Cajun Crawfish pizza was everything you’d expect from a cajun infused pizza and better than I anticipated with its exciting flavors.  It was sprinkled with clumps of crawfish meat, hot chili peppers, a sprinkle of bacon and drizzled with remoulade sauce.  It was spicy and tangy and sweet and savory; a true flavor explosion.


BBQ Pork Belly Pizza.

Slabs of slow roasted pork belly lay nicely across each slice of the BBQ Pork Belly pizza.  Beneath the succulent pork is a layer of chipotle BBQ sauce and a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.  Pickled onion provide an acidic contrast against the sweet sauce and rich meat.


Buffalo Chicken.

This was not your average buffalo chicken pizza because it had legit fried chicken that could stand on it own.  The amazing chicken was nestled into buffalo wing sauce and mozzarella that was speckled lightly with finely diced celery.  A ranch drizzle brought the whole pie together.  It was the best execution of a buffalo chicken pizza that I have come across.


Pizza tastes better when you’ve earned it.

After the meal it was hard to pick a clear cut favorite out of the trifecta, but it was obvious that the pizzas had provided us a perfect release from the stresses of our work day.  

If we push ourselves too hard without a break we can exhaust and burn out.  Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness authors of Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success say that in any endeavor we pursue whether it be athletic, in business or creating art all sustainable performance comes from the formula “Stress + rest = growth”.  They quote chess master Josh Waitzkin “If you are interested in really improving as a performer, I would suggest incorporating the rhythm of stress and recovery into all aspects of your life.”

In essence work hard, give yourself a breather to avoid burnout and then get back at it recharged and better than before.  Work and play should also be in proportion to each other.  For example a massive work out will require more recovery time.  According to Stulberg and Magness “The best athletes in the world weren’t adhering to a “no pain, no gain” model”  “Rather they were systematically alternating between bouts of very intense work and periods of easy training and recovery”.

What pizza taught me:

Work and play are the complementary yin and yang of productivity.  To balance hard work and sustain peak performance there may be no better counterpart than pizza.

What I’m eating: Layafatte’s Music Room, Orlando.  Cajun Crawfish Pizza, BBQ Pork Belly Pizza, Buffalo Chicken pizza.

What I’m reading: Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success –Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness




Transferring my Thoughts

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven” -John Milton

After a bout of the flu, the winter-blues have me caught within their frigid grip.  With February dragging on, the short dreary Wisconsin days allow my negative emotions to seep in. When the days are so dark and cold, it’s easy for doubts from the past and anxieties of the future to surface. As I almost succumb to the desire to curl up and hibernate, a series of simple texts from a great friend across the country reminded me to embrace the moment, get up and get out for some righteous pizza.

New pizza in a unique environment was the exact recipe I needed to snap me out of my funk and remember that the days are only getting longer.  I could think of no better way to jog myself out of my rut than spending a Saturday afternoon at a stylish little pizza joint in Milwaukee sampling pies.


Time for Transfer Pizzeria Cafe.

I had several hours to kill for lunch in Milwaukee so I grabbed a table at Transfer Pizzeria Cafe. I was seated at a table near a window to people watch, put my phone down and intentionally tried to soak up the atmosphere.

Before long gentle whispers of indie singers and delayed guitars floated around me as I began to peruse the menu.  I was joined by The Shins, Bon Iver, then The Postal Service; the rapid fire of feel good classics, the aroma of fresh pizza and Transfers contemporary ambience caught up with me.  All of my distractions and worries in life suddenly began to fade as the glow of a warm pizza buzz snuggly wrapped itself around me.

Transfer Pizzeria Cafe was the suggestion of my dear friend Sean Williamson.  Sean is lucky enough to eat pizza in New York everyday, but Transfer was his #1 pick in his old stomping ground Milwaukee.  Sean and I have eaten pizza together for many years, so I take his opinion very seriously and he even encouraged me to order two pizzas; now that’s a true friend.


Garlic Pies.

Transfer is renowned for their garlic pizzas, which all begin with base of a garlic cream sauce instead of red tomato sauce.  I started out the Garlic Special.  The Garlic Special came with large hand-pinched sausage and mushrooms that were smothered in high quality mozzarella. The crust is flaky, yet light and airy, so it provides a nice chew, but is still able to support ample toppings.  According to my waitress the dough is made in-house every day.

I took note of an older couple across the way from me sharing a more traditional looking deluxe pizza; pepperoni, onions, green peppers and mushrooms.  So, I opted to make that pizza course number two for me, though I was tempted to ask them for a slice.


One of my favorite things about Transfer was that they put their toppings underneath the cheese.  I have a soft spot for joints that put the toppings under the cheese.  The cheese seems to melt at a different consistency and all the flavors seem to meld together better. Overall their pizza was rich, decedent and truly outstanding and I can understand how many claim it to be Milwaukee’s finest.  In addition to great pizza, they have an extensive wine and craft beer list and even have live music.


At Transfer Pizzeria Cafe I was able to transform my negative emotions. 

Coming out of the winter-blues I realize I had started to let my worries take over.  I was starting to ruminate over things I would normally shrug off.  A reset was necessary and appreciating the subtleties of a new environment was key to getting me back on course.

The personal development classic How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie lent some timely advice:

  1.  Compartmentalize the past and future: Carnegie explains that we can eliminate worry by envisioning the past, present and future as different compartments, like the compartments of ship. We can lock off the regrets of the past and the fret of the future, leaving ourselves in the present.
  2. Plan: If something is stressing us out and we can change it, devise a plan to fix it. If the feared outcome is inevitable except it as it is, then move on.  By keeping busy making progress towards our goal our anxiety disintegrates.
  3. Put things in perspective:  Life is pretty dang good.  We live in a world where pizza is in abundance.  Carnegie quotes Abraham Lincoln “Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be”.

What pizza taught me:

Good ol’ Sean reminded me that when Wisconsin winter gloom rustles up regrets from the past and anxiety for the future, it’s more important than ever to live in present.  Incredible pizza from a modern Milwaukee pizza joint helped me gain perspective.

What I’m eating: Transfer Pizzeria Cafe– Garlic Special: sausage, mushroom, cheese on a garlic cream sauce.

What I’m reading: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living –Dale Carnegie

Settling on a Slice

“Win-Win is a belief in the third alternative. It’s not your way, or my way; it’s a better way, a higher way” -Stephen Covey

Seeing eye to eye can be difficult, especially when pizza is on the line.  Many Friday nights Tess and I just aren’t on the same page as far as the pizza we’re craving. Whether we’re deciding between take n’ bake or delivery, thick vs. thin, or contemplating the necessity of extra cheese (it’s necessary); finding common ground can be tough. When the stars don’t align we have to put a little extra effort to meet in the middle.

Negotiating can seem strenuous with anyone we share our time with.  When it comes right down to the essential decisions in our lives (Dominos or Pizza Hut?) the answer is often very simple.

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The fan favorite.

Tess and I have gotten pretty good at finding a compromise and the one pizza we can always agree on is a Jack’s Frozen Pizza.  A Jack’s classic cheese or pepperoni cut in squares is a pizza we will always cherish together.  Though I was raised a Tombstone man, I now find myself on the other side of the tracks like Romeo after forbidden Juliet, smitten with the deliciousness of Jack’s.

For many, Jack’s is the archetype of frozen pizza. When I polled my friends the consensus seemed to be that Jack’s is the most popular go-to frozen, with almost 90% choosing Jacks.  Sometimes the beauty of pizza is in it’s simplicity, convenience and nostalgia and Jack’s is the epitome of all three.  So, it’s an easy pizza to bargain with.

Surprisingly, Jack’s originated in 1960 in the smelly small town of Little Chute, Wisconsin.  It’s interesting to think a pizza so yummy could come from a town that smells like a fart (supposedly it’s the paper mill).  They are now owned by Nestle, but still pride themselves on using 100% Wisconsin cheese.

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For Tess and I, Jack’s is a Win-Win.  The Win-Win concept from Stephen Covey’s personal development classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People states “Win-Win means that agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial, mutually satisfying.  With a Win-Win solution all parties feel good about the decision and feel committed to the action plan.”

Several reminders I give to myself when negotiating pizza with Tess. 

  1. Listen up.  To arrive at a win-win scenario we have to hear each other out.  We have to have a clear cut vision of what we’re trying to achieve.  If Tess wants stuffed-crust I need to know that, so I don’t order us a thin-crust.
  2. Give a little. The willingness to give a little can go a long way. If we open our mind to opportunities we may come across a pizza even better than the one we originally envisioned.
  3. Practice patience. When negotiating pizza it can take time to think up a proper plan that suits both parties.  Do we want a cracker thin-crust or little chew from some hand-tossed? In slowing down we can often find the best course of action.
  4. Detach from the outcome. By giving up any attachment to a particular pizza, we allow ourselves to find satisfaction in an alternative outcome.
  5. Be comfortable walking away. Some Fridays Tess ends up with Thai food and I end up with a frozen pizza and that’s alright. Stephen Covey describes this as the concept of a “No Deal” in which two people can’t come to terms and simply walk away in good graces.

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What pizza taught me:

Whether we’re figuring out Friday night pizza or making plans in life,  the ability to  sensitively negotiate can have a great impact on the quality of our relationships.  The solution can often end up as simple and yummy as a Jack’s frozen pizza.

What I’m eating:  Jack’s pepperoni and sausage

What I’m reading: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  -Stephen Covey





My “Must-Haves” in 2018

“Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals”-Deepak Chopra

For many January is a time to set resolutions, but for me it’s time to establish goals; pizza goals.  There’s a lot of pizza out there and so little time, so my top priority is mapping out the pizzeria’s around Wisconsin I’ve just gotta have in 2018.  I’ve received so many great recommendations over 2017 and appreciate them so much.  Now is my time to act upon them, so I’ve taken the advice and devised a highly anticipated pizza plan.

My 10 most anticipated Wisconsin pizzerias, pubs, parlors and ristorante’s in 2018:

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  1. Marcines, Mt Vernon.  Marcines makes the top of the list because I’ve heard more recommendations to this rural dive bar than I can count. In 2017 this was by far the most recommended place.  The continual praise has me slightly ashamed that I haven’t tried it yet. All the pizza’s are house-made and 12 inches and supposedly overflowing with toppings and cheese. I need to get off my butt and take the scenic drive to get this.

  2. Bernie’s Hometown Pizza, Racine;  I’ve heard the bold statement that this place is better the Gus’ in Whitewater WI, so game on.  That’s pretty much all that needs to be said for any pizza to make my list.
  3. Dom and Phil DeMarini’s, Milwaukee.  I trust a guy who can make a mean polish sausage, a delicate pasty and is passionate about oddly flavored potato chips.  So, I will seek the wisdom of my father-in-law Tom Radoszewki and try his “spot”.  The pizza’s are cooked on rectangular baking sheets and cut in squares.
  4. Tony’s Pizza, Waupun. The home of the “football pizza”. That’s right, a huge oval shaped pizza that is 30″x15″ and feeds 6-10 people. Several years ago I was introduced to this behemoth pie on double-date where we all shared the football pizza.  That was my kind of date night. I always day-dream of that magical evening every time I drive anywhere near Waupun.

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    Dom & Phil DeMirini’s
  5. Anna’s Pizza, Sun Prairie.  My brother Jeff and I have been sharing glorious pizza moments for almost 30 years, so I definitely take his word on Anna’s. Simple, greasy and from what I hear often pushing the threshold of acceptable excessive cheese, which is fine by me.
  6. Log Tavern Pizza Co., Lodi.  My friend Christine and I have shared many milestones in life; we got married on the same day, we’re having kids at the same time and we both love Rosati’s Pizza.  She compared Log Tavern to Rosati’s, so I’m going.
  7. Grandpa’s Pizzeria, Madison.  Though I live in Madison I don’t get over to it’s east side much, so this year I want to change that.  Grandpa’s serves “gourmet thin-crust pizza” in a hip looking layout on Willie Street.
  8. Sammy’s Pizza, Neenah. After I visited Cranky Pat’s last fall I got wind that they have some fierce competition in the area, so this year I will make an effort to give both sides a chance and try Sammy’s; the opposing hometown legend.

  9. Balistreri’s Italian-American Ristorante on 68th, Milwaukee. My boss knows my passion for pizza and with continuous references to this little Italian eatery that makes their pizza’s extra thin and cut in squares, it’s time to make it happen.  Supposedly, it’s got to be the one of 68th.
  10. Gus’ Pizza Palace, Whitewater.  Lately when I think of my hometown favorite Gus’ the infamous line from the TV serious Lost comes to mind, in which a desperate, disheveled Jack screams “We have to go back!”.  I need to go back home to where it all started. The cheese, the cracker thin crust, the grease, oh my. I haven’t been to my favorite hometown spot in far too long.

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    Gus’ Pizza Palace

The pursuit of pizza goals.

I was reading a journal of mine from almost a year ago in which I jotted down a note that I wanted to start writing a blog.  I thought to myself “heck yeah, I do that now!”.  It was neat to look back and see a goal come to fruition.

Establishing a goal to get from point A to point B makes everything way easier as it  provides us a clear path.  Author and speaker Brian Tracy describes a goal as “our road map” to keep us on track.  We have to know where we want to go in order to get there.

Personal reminders I gave myself when setting my pizza goals:

  1. Be specific: I need to know exactly where the pizzerias are located and what’s good on the menu in order to arrive, get the full experience and enjoy the pizza. When coming up with goals we have to be very detailed about what we want to achieve.
  2. Visualize achieving the goal. Taste the sauce, feel the stretch of the cheese and the grease of the pepperoni.  Picture the joy of accomplishing your goal and what that will feel like.
  3. Write them down.  The act of putting down the pizzas I want on paper, commits them to memory and increases my likelihood of eating them. Writing down our goals helps us bring them to life.  In research done by psychology professor Gail Matthews at Dominican University, people are 42% more likely to complete a goal if they write it down.
  4. Break it up into steps.  Just like a pizza cut in squares is easier to take down, ambitious goals aren’t as daunting if we slice them up into manageable pieces.

What pizza taught me:

January is a great time to put down some goals and set our trajectory for the year. Whether we’re excited about eating excellent pizza or making any changes in life, when we have the end in mind the odds of success are much higher.

What I’m eating:  A Tombstone pepperoni while contemplating my goals.

What I’m reading: The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google –Scott Galloway









Pizz-servere in the New Year

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other” – Walter Elliot

When it’s -10° outside everything seems more difficult.  It’s harder to crawl out of bed, harder to get motivated and even harder to order a pizza, with higher volumes of people ordering for delivery. With a couple months of seasonal depression looming, we all have times when we simply don’t feel like doing anything.  In these moments when we are losing our passion, it’s more important than ever to persevere.

Fortunately, it’s always easy to eat pizza, and a cozy New Years Eve bash has me reflecting on small, simple daily wins we can give ourselves to endure and see our commitments through.

Emil’s Pepperoni

Enduring the cold with Emil’s.

This New Years Eve with a bitter cold outside and the thought of staying out late partying looking bleak, Tess and I opted to watch the ball drop with a couple friends and some frozen pizzas. Emil’s frozen pizzas that is (my friends have long debated the correct pronunciation of Emil’s, with some claiming an emphasis on the E, like E mills (Kane I’m looking at you) or on the Em, like Em ills or even Em eals).

As midnight approached we were accompanied by one of our favorite couples Steve and Rachel.  We shared some laughs as we picked slices from a three course round of frozens and played “Heads Up!” on Tess’s phone.  Steve and Rachel know my passion for pizza well, and in anticipation of our little New Years celebration provided the pizzas (thank you Steve and Rachel, excellent selections and execution).  That night they also introduced me to Urban Pie Brady Street Eight Cheeses and Creamy Garlic Alfredo Sauce pizza, but that earns its own post later on.

I’m a big fan of Emil’s not just because my Great Grandfather shared the same name, but because they are native to Watertown, WI and are delicious.  Emil’s are typically served-up out of those old-school boxy metal pizza ovens in taverns and bowling alleys all across Wisconsin.  They bake great at home too and are found in many freezer sections.  Emil’s is always a solid choice loaded with a unique mozzarella/colby cheese blend and a thin yet flaky crust.


Emil’s was my New Years Eve inspiration.  

Just as it can be increasingly difficult to muster the energy for a night of partying on New Years Eve in the cold, sometimes commitments in our life can feel equally as taxing. Even though I have an insatiable appetite for pizza, some days I just don’t feel like taking pictures of pizza or writing about it and I just want to eat it in peace.

When I start to feel like hibernating I know that if I just take bite size chunks out of my endeavors everyday I will feel accomplished.  That’s the magic of perseverance; we can break up tasks into small, manageable portions.  “Winning the daily private victory” was what Stephen R. Covey the best selling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People said. If we see our passions through we will have an internal pride and contentment within ourselves.

Here are some reminders I gave myself to get off my butt and write this blog (applicable to any situation where you need to get off your butt).

  1. Aim for small wins to build momentum. By continually chipping away at our goals we slowly but surely create a snowball effect and end up where we want to be. Our efforts compound.
  2. Visualize the big picture.  Imagine how great you will feel when you stick to your guns and get stuff done.  The end victory is more rewarding than any instant gratification.
  3. Remember a sense of purpose.  Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of the “why?” in why we do what we do.  For me, writing this blog is about the daily practice of honing my skills with writing, challenging my creative thinking and problem solving. Committing to this discipline is fulfilling to me, so I just have to remember that “why”.

What pizza taught me:

Our perseverance is rewarded with a sense of accomplishment. We can find warmth in knowing  we didn’t stray from our path in the glum winter days and that pizza delivery times will only get shorter.

What I’m eating:  Emil’s pepperoni and Emil’s sausage & mushroom pizzas

What I’m reading: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People -Stephen R. Covey


Pizza as a Present

“The best gifts are those we not only cherish but put to use” Les Brown

Tis the season for giving and I can think of no better way to show someone you care than with the greatest gift of all; pizza.  A co-worker at my office actually received a large pizza as their Secret Santa present this year and I was taken aback by the sheer awesomeness of that gift idea.

I have to admit as I witnessed the pizza delivered to my co-workers desk, I was silently wishing that somehow there was a mix up and the pizza was intended for me.  I think this was apparent to my colleagues too as I bashfully asked to take pictures of the pizza. Beyond my extreme jealously though, I also felt inspired by the genius of the innovative offering. The potential gift giving possibilities of pizza began to flourish in my mind.

The Secret Santa pizza.

I will never dodge a Secret Santa sign up again.

Approaching this years’ holiday season I had already been pondering the idea of giving and receiving pizza. I had even asked my Mom for a Gus’ Pizza as my Xmas gift, but she seemed to shrug it off, thinking I was just being silly. (I love your gifts Mom, thanks!)

In reality though I would be delighted to find a pizza under the Christmas tree; not only because I love pizza, but because holiday giving is all about bringing joy to others no matter the form of the gift.

Taking inventory. 

As I unpack the gifts I received this year, I feel so grateful as I consider all the thought that went into the gifts.  A gift is a reflection of how much we care for others.  It shows the details we picked up on throughout the year, whether it be in conversation or simply observing behaviors.

It feels great when others recognize our interests and deliver a gift that suites our interests perfectly.  For example, I couldn’t wait to give my brother a gift box that included a cheese I knew he would love- the perfect combination of aged cheddar and blue cheese. Or, the fidget cube Tess gave me for my desk wrapped in a holiday themed pizza bag.



What pizza taught me:

The best feeling is realizing someone has been mentally taking notes throughout the year to show you they care.  Holiday giving is all about those warm and fuzzies you get when you see your recipient light up.

What I wish I was eating: Roman Candle large pizza delivered to my desk at work as a Secret Santa gift.

What I’m reading: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less –Greg McKeown






A Lesson in Leadership from Legendary New York Style Pizza

“Leadership is a choice, it is not a rank” -Simon Sinek

On my recent trek to New York City I was on the prowl for the quintessential New York street slice.  I was looking to find the best of the best, and figured there is no better place to explore than the heart of the big apple, Manhattan.  After searching online and taking the advice of friends I found the authentic slice I was looking for at Joe’s Pizza on Carmine.

Joe’s Pizza has been around for 40 years and is referred to as a “Greenwich Village institution”.  New York Magazine hails Joe’s Pizza as “the best of New York” and by the line out the door you can tell many other people agree.  The place is frequented by a wide array of celebrities from Bill Murray to Leonardo DiCaprio, and there is proof from a collage of photos on the wall.  From my understanding it’s about as classic New York pizza as you can get and it seems to set the standard for the classic New York slice joint.


Joe’s Pizza is on another level. 

Joe’s Pizza isn’t the prettiest place, it’s actually really small, it’s simple, but it executes. There are no frills or gimmicks that generate the constant line out the door, it’s just great pizza churned out on white paper plates for cash.


The menu is as barebones as it gets; cheese slice, pepperoni slice, fresh mozzarella slice and Sicilian slice. That’s it, four options.  The pizza is the same way; composed of simple high quality ingredients that have been prepared the same way for decades.  The crust is very thin yet chewy and can barely hold the cheese; thus the classic New York fold is necessary. The sauce is vibrant and not over loaded with spices.  The pizza and menu are basic, but the quality is exceptional.

“Pizza is made from your heart” says the third generation owner Sal Pozzuoli in a video on Gold Belly where you can have their pizza delivered to you nationwide (a great Christmas gift).  He speaks alongside his Grandfather who opened the infamous pizza joint and they discuss the values that have made them a leader in the competitive New York pizza scene.


Smooth operators. 

After four days of pizza eating in Manhattan, the mecca for pizza, it’s clear Joe’s is the the top dog.  Not only is their pizza fantastic, but I was fascinated by how they ran the tiny shop.

During my visit the place was a madhouse with a line winding out the door onto the sidewalk.  As I approached the counter I observed an older fellow I imagined was a manager or owner smoothly running the show.  He calmly did about five things at once.  He coached employees stretching dough balls, tended the oven, delegated counting the till, all while keeping a warm demeanor as he welcomed and took orders from a huge rush of customers.

We can all take a lesson from Joe’s Pizza.   

In between blissful memories of New York slices the size of my head I’ve contemplated several practices that comprise a solid leader.

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  • Lead by example:  The manager at Joe’s was on the front line during the busy rush with his team. He set an example with his organization, hustle and pleasant customer service.
  • Motivate:  Everyone should be inspired to keep the pizzas flowing and the customers smiling.  Employees need an understanding of the big picture in any work environment in order to excel.
  • Delegate:  A single person can’t run a whole pizza shop during a busy rush.  A leader has to rely on a team to get the job done and know when to pass the pizza cutter.
  • Build trust: Others have to respect and trust you if your going to get any slices out the door.  The easiest way to build trust is to communicate and be transparent.  John C Maxwell leadership expert says “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”.
  • Be decisive:  How many pizza’s do we need in the oven for this dinner rush?  How many dough balls do we need for tomorrow? A leader has to make decisions and see them through.

What pizza taught me:

We can all think of ourselves as leaders and apply basic leadership principles to any area of our lives.  There’s no better place to start learning than from the best of the best.  Thank you Joe’s Pizza for a delicious lesson.


What I’m eating: Joe’s Pizza on Carmine, Greenwich Village NY, cheese slice and pepperoni slice.

What I’m reading: Advanced Selling Strategies Brian Tracy