Author Archive for: ‘Leslie Phillips, Chief Executive Officer’

Just Figure a Way

In the spirit of ‘let no crisis go to waste,’  MG has regrouped, rallied, scrapped, and scraped to try our best to take care of our circle. This has meant sacrifice for all and extreme sacrifice for many. This pandemic doesn’t define us, but how we’ve met the challenge does. And as we enter this typically special time of year, we have an atypical sentiment in our hearts and on our minds. How grateful we are for our capacity to—no matter what—love food, people, and serving others. With a nod to core value #6, build fun, flexible teams……..MG’s own Emily Dickenson, Sara Thompson, gives us this.

‘Tis December 2020, the world turned on its head,

Time for a jingle about how we’ve stayed fed?

Despite all the upset, we have cause to rejoice,

Our clients still need us – their #1 choice.

“Please help us through this” we heard them say

“Can you still feed us – just figure a way?”

So we put our heads down and went straight to the task

What will it look like? So glad you asked…

We can give you a bag to take food away

or rearrange tables if you’d like to stay

We’ll get in a truck and bring food to your door,

We’ll pour you a drink, and wait there is more

We’ll put food in a box or a bowl or a dome,

We’ll serve your whole meal, just like at home

We’ll make you a cookie and wrap it up tight

in case you require a snack late at night

A reception or meeting – hey, that will be great

We’ll give you a party – all on one plate!

We’ll give you an app to order your meal,

When your food arrives – how happy you’ll feel!

We’ll learn some new lingo – RTS, PPE

Social distance, contract tracing, and Dr. Fauci

We’ll redo our kitchens with 6’ in between

And sanitize things like you’ve never seen

We’ll text out a form to be sure we’re ok

Have you coughed, wheezed, or gasped – temperature normal today?

You will not believe all the things we’ll go through

To be sure you are getting the safest of food.

For 35 years we’ve served menus with wow

We’re not going to let a virus stop us now!

In our core value tees, with a vaccine in sight,

Safe Holidays to all and to all a good night!

Just Figure a Way

In the spirit of ‘let no crisis go to waste,’  MG has regrouped, rallied, scrapped, and scraped to try our best to take care of our circle. This has meant sacrifice for all and extreme sacrifice for many. This pandemic doesn’t define us, but how we’ve met the challenge does. And as we enter this typically special time of year, we have an atypical sentiment in our hearts and on our minds. How grateful we are for our capacity to—no matter what—love food, people, and serving others. With a nod to core value #6, build fun, flexible teams……..MG’s own Emily Dickenson, Sara Thompson, gives us this.

‘Tis December 2020, the world turned on its head,
Time for a jingle about how we’ve stayed fed?
Despite all the upset, we have cause to rejoice,
Our clients still need us – their #1 choice.
“Please help us through this” we heard them say
“Can you still feed us – just figure a way?”
So we put our heads down and went straight to the task
What will it look like? So glad you asked…
We can give you a bag to take food away
or rearrange tables if you’d like to stay
We’ll get in a truck and bring food to your door,
We’ll pour you a drink, and wait there is more
We’ll put food in a box or a bowl or a dome,
We’ll serve your whole meal, just like at home
We’ll make you a cookie and wrap it up tight
in case you require a snack late at night
A reception or meeting – hey, that will be great
We’ll give you a party – all on one plate!
We’ll give you an app to order your meal,
When your food arrives – how happy you’ll feel!
We’ll learn some new lingo – RTS, PPE
Social distance, contract tracing, and Dr. Fauci
We’ll redo our kitchens with 6’ in between
And sanitize things like you’ve never seen
We’ll text out a form to be sure we’re ok
Have you coughed, wheezed, or gasped – temperature normal today?
You will not believe all the things we’ll go through
To be sure you are getting the safest of food.
For 35 years we’ve served menus with wow
We’re not going to let a virus stop us now!
In our core value tees, with a vaccine in sight,
Safe Holidays to all and to all a good night!

Be Like the Sun

To say we could all use a pep talk, or pick-me-up is a monumental understatement.


The truth is, that might work if the challenge was short and familiar, but attempts at it feel phony when you’re dealing with a global pandemic, millions out of work, people losing loved ones. No matter how old you are, what language you speak, what you believe, you’ve been affected by the events of 2020. 


But, the sun gets out of bed and shows up every day and so must we. What might have been a pep talk under different circumstances becomes an opportunity to really connect. Yes, we can find comfort or a sense of solidarity in hearing what each other is dealing with. But we can also find ways to support one another even if it’s just by listening with a deep sense of care. Whether I’m interacting via zoom or outside more than 6 feet apart, or alone with my own thoughts, here are some focal points that help me stop wasting time and energy on my own fears:

  1. This will not last forever.  Really.
  2. Stop judging your feelings.  If you’re afraid, feel it, and explore where it’s coming from.  Can you do anything about the sources?  If you can, go do it.  If you can’t, make a choice:  continue being afraid of what you can’t control, or….see #3 on this list.
  3. Keep moving.  Mentally and Physically.  Take a walk or run or ride somewhere new.  
  4. Reflect on the things you do that bring you peace and good vibes.  Do those things more, crowding out the habits or things that keep you stirred up or unsettled. 
  5. Ask others how they are doing and want to know the answer.  We are not the same.  Be curious about how we’re different.  You might learn something.

I did not say these practices are easy. I struggle with every single one of them. Maybe I should pick one a day and practice.  (Oh wait, am I judging myself again?)

Be Like the Sun

To say we could all use a pep talk, or pick-me-up is a monumental understatement.


The truth is, that might work if the challenge was short and familiar, but attempts at it feel phony when you’re dealing with a global pandemic, millions out of work, people losing loved ones. No matter how old you are, what language you speak, what you believe, you’ve been affected by the events of 2020. 


But, the sun gets out of bed and shows up every day and so must we. What might have been a pep talk under different circumstances becomes an opportunity to really connect. Yes, we can find comfort or a sense of solidarity in hearing what each other is dealing with. But we can also find ways to support one another even if it’s just by listening with a deep sense of care. Whether I’m interacting via zoom or outside more than 6 feet apart, or alone with my own thoughts, here are some focal points that help me stop wasting time and energy on my own fears:

  1. This will not last forever.  Really.
  2. Stop judging your feelings.  If you’re afraid, feel it, and explore where it’s coming from.  Can you do anything about the sources?  If you can, go do it.  If you can’t, make a choice:  continue being afraid of what you can’t control, or….see #3 on this list.
  3. Keep moving.  Mentally and Physically.  Take a walk or run or ride somewhere new.  
  4. Reflect on the things you do that bring you peace and good vibes.  Do those things more, crowding out the habits or things that keep you stirred up or unsettled. 
  5. Ask others how they are doing and want to know the answer.  We are not the same.  Be curious about how we’re different.  You might learn something.

I did not say these practices are easy. I struggle with every single one of them. Maybe I should pick one a day and practice.  (Oh wait, am I judging myself again?)

When Fabulous is Fleeting

The Super Bowl came and went a few days ago. As a football viewer, I’ll say it was a decent game. Close until the very end, swings in leads, eye-popping half-time show, better than usual commercial content, etc. San Francisco had a great season. Jimmy Garoppolo could say he played quarterback all season and they ended up on the biggest stage. But they came up short. Kansas City and Patrick Mahomes will wear the crown for the next year.

And then came Monday morning. And with that, the criticism. Jimmy G is a fourth tier quarterback, he’s too old to be developed (he’s 28…), he’s overpaid, he panics under pressure. To clarify, my team is not San Francisco and Jimmy G is not “my” quarterback, but…really?!?

In foodservices we know, all too well, how fleeting fabulous can be. Jimmy G should call us. Any one of us could help him dust himself off, and try again. We’d say, “Learn, grow, improve, man.” Yes. We take disappointment, honest mistakes, circumstances beyond our control…any and all of that…and we try again. Even when we win the Super Bowl we always remember, tomorrow is another game!

Leslie Phillips
CEO

The post When Fabulous is Fleeting is by Leslie Phillips, Chief Executive Officer and appeared first on Meriwether Godsey.

When Fabulous is Fleeting

The Super Bowl came and went a few days ago. As a football viewer, I’ll say it was a decent game. Close until the very end, swings in leads, eye-popping half-time show, better than usual commercial content, etc. San Francisco had a great season. Jimmy Garoppolo could say he played quarterback all season and they ended up on the biggest stage. But they came up short. Kansas City and Patrick Mahomes will wear the crown for the next year.

And then came Monday morning. And with that, the criticism. Jimmy G is a fourth tier quarterback, he’s too old to be developed (he’s 28…), he’s overpaid, he panics under pressure. To clarify, my team is not San Francisco and Jimmy G is not “my” quarterback, but…really?!?

In foodservices we know, all too well, how fleeting fabulous can be. Jimmy G should call us. Any one of us could help him dust himself off, and try again. We’d say, “Learn, grow, improve, man.” Yes. We take disappointment, honest mistakes, circumstances beyond our control…any and all of that…and we try again. Even when we win the Super Bowl we always remember, tomorrow is another game!

Leslie Phillips
CEO

Incremental Excellence

So good, nobody notices. When I saw this article title, the voice in my head said: “stop the bus.” Not because I disagreed. But because I felt like it was reading my mind or eavesdropping on recent conversations. I’ve had the chance to get out and see some other operators lately. This is enlightening on many levels, but…as relates to this…I am amazed at what others “get away with,” from the food to the presentation to the customer service. I have said in my head and even privately to others: “if we looked like this at ______ (insert nearly any MG location) for one meal we’d be fired.” We do so many things to make MG dining special…perhaps so consistently special that…it goes unnoticed. But consider for a sec what might happen if we didn’t?

Incremental excellence will never be as sexy as the thrill of the new because the better you get the less noticeable the difference may be. But it can be every bit as valuable.

Leslie Phillips
CEO

The post Incremental Excellence is by Leslie Phillips, Chief Executive Officer and appeared first on Meriwether Godsey.

Incremental Excellence

So good, nobody notices. When I saw this article title, the voice in my head said: “stop the bus.” Not because I disagreed. But because I felt like it was reading my mind or eavesdropping on recent conversations. I’ve had the chance to get out and see some other operators lately. This is enlightening on many levels, but…as relates to this…I am amazed at what others “get away with,” from the food to the presentation to the customer service. I have said in my head and even privately to others: “if we looked like this at ______ (insert nearly any MG location) for one meal we’d be fired.” We do so many things to make MG dining special…perhaps so consistently special that…it goes unnoticed. But consider for a sec what might happen if we didn’t?

Incremental excellence will never be as sexy as the thrill of the new because the better you get the less noticeable the difference may be. But it can be every bit as valuable.

Leslie Phillips
CEO

Too Late?

Some people love fall. Some struggle with it (I know I do). Days are shorter, colors are fading… and, eventually, the landscape will turn to gray. Yes, Mother Nature enters hibernation mode from the bugs to the grass. But work keeps going… and now… without as much daylight! It’s so common to struggle with this that they’ve given it a name: SAD (seasonal adjustment disorder). The change in seasons, holidays, and anticipation of a “new year” can also surface thoughts about where we are in our lives. Sometimes questioning is it too late to do _________. As well, in an operations business like ours, we are always pushing to be better, stronger, more efficient, more effective. We are challenged to change habits, routines, tools, “to start” doing ________. But, is it too late to try? I saw this meme the other day and it stuck with me. Maybe you’ll like it too.

Leslie Phillips
CEO

The post Too Late? is by Leslie Phillips, Chief Executive Officer and appeared first on Meriwether Godsey.

Too Late?

Some people love fall. Some struggle with it (I know I do). Days are shorter, colors are fading… and, eventually, the landscape will turn to gray. Yes, Mother Nature enters hibernation mode from the bugs to the grass. But work keeps going… and now… without as much daylight! It’s so common to struggle with this that they’ve given it a name: SAD (seasonal adjustment disorder). The change in seasons, holidays, and anticipation of a “new year” can also surface thoughts about where we are in our lives. Sometimes questioning is it too late to do _________. As well, in an operations business like ours, we are always pushing to be better, stronger, more efficient, more effective. We are challenged to change habits, routines, tools, “to start” doing ________. But, is it too late to try? I saw this meme the other day and it stuck with me. Maybe you’ll like it too.

Leslie Phillips
CEO

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