INSTANT MBA: "Are They Willing To Take The Garbage Out?"

Sally Smith

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Today’s advice comes from Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith’s interview with USA Today:”When I joined Buffalo Wild Wings, I borrowed an office. It was the first week or two, and I noticed the garbage was piling up, and I went to my friend and said, ‘I don’t think the cleaning service is coming in here,’ and he said, ‘We take it out ourselves.’ So I use that as an analogy for what I look for in people. Are they willing to take the garbage out? Can they chip in?”

Smith has taken the food chain from 70 to about 750 restaurants in 15 years, and recently expanded into Ontario.

When interviewing job applicants, Smith looks primarily for one thing — passion, no matter what it’s for: “Is it a sport, is it reading?”

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