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from concert promoter to connoisseur and advisor. Matthew Mabel founded Surrender in 1991. As president and organizational development team leader, Matthew combines his experience as a former business owner, operator and corporate treasurer with over two decades of consulting. He is a frequent contributor to trade publications including Nation’s Restaurant News, Restaurant Development + Design and Restaurant Startup and Growth. He is also a sought-after speaker for industry gatherings on topics of business growth, development and operations.

Show notes…

Favorite Success Quote or Mantra.

"Balance and surrender."

In this episode with Matthew Mabel, we discuss: 

  • How having a natural talent for pulling teams togethers has served Mabel.
  • How culture is going to be the most crucial piece to your success in the next 20 years. 
  • The power of being hot and happening. 
  • How every dining decision is a self reflection. 
  • Being mindful of the music you're playing in your restaurant. 
  • The four elements to success being capability, opportunity, strategy, and an atmosphere of trust. 
  • Discovering your capabilities and surrounding yourself with those who are capable where you're not. 
  • Advice on partnerships. 
  • Why you need a strategy to grow.
  • How growing a company with a high level of trust start with you becoming a person with high level of trust.
  • Getting clarity on your brand and communicating your brand well.
  • What you have that clarity on your brand and culture, INCULCATE it every day.
  • Why you culture will determine your success in the future. 
  • Using certain language to to live your culture every day. 

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?

    • Clarity.
  2. What is your biggest weakness?

    • Lack of tactical ability.
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?

    • Whats the vision of where you're going??
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?

    • Making sure everyone knows two things:
      1. Going forward its all about culture and uniqueness
      2. It's a landlords market.
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.

    1. Every Restaurateur has the right to succeed, but every restaurant doesn't. 
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?

    1. Don' t assume the restaurant industry is going to be hard because it's suppose to be.
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?

    1. The Power of Now
    2. Lessons in Service from Charlie Trotter. 
  8. Share an online resource or tool.

  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted in your restaurant and how has it influence operations?

    • Private dining and event management software: TripleSeat, Gather

    • On Screen Ordering. 
  10. If you got the news that you'd be leaving this world tomorrow and all memories of you, your work, and your restaurants would be lost with your departure with the exception of 3 pieces of wisdom you could leave behind for the good of humanity, what would they be?

    1. Be as good to yourself as you are to your guest
    2. no barriors
    3. everything you do is frelect

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Huge thanks to Matthew Mabel for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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