Chef – You need to get over yourself to become a true leader

Einstein smallBy Martin Probst, Learning & Development Whiz

We all have one thing in common: Fear (imagined, not physical fear) resides within us all. You know you have it when you are involved in something that makes your heart race, whether it is the moment that you are given a huge VIP function, the time a customer wants to speak to you, or perhaps the first time you present your signature dish to your kitchen brigade.

You may even be impacted by fear but do not realise it until later. For instance, I once turned down a promotion because I was too afraid to run cooking demonstrations, which were part of my job description. It was my biggest fear (at the time) and I let that fear become my own self-sabotage. I started to ask myself, “Am I good enough? Am I worthy?” This is the core of fear (also known as universal fear) and it is responsible for an inner voice that focuses on negatives and worst-case scenarios.

Out of experience, chefs often waist their time to find out what’s wrong with them and why they can’t seem to have a career that is successful.”

It is about learning to look at your career differently so that you succeed to levels higher than you could have ever dreamed. Yes it is about discovering your own stumbling blocks but more importantly how to turn them into stepping-stones once and for all.LCAcademy_Banner_160x600px

“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say YES – then learn how to do it later.”

~ Richard Branson

Many chefs try to find out WHY their career is as it is and, by doing so, create more fear than they already feel.

Asking yourself WHY means that you are either looking for excuses, justification or blame (focusing on problems), whereas figuring out WHAT and HOW will give you the answers to move forward (focusing on solutions).

The truth is:


Stop worrying about what could go wrong. In fact, don’t waste another minute of time or unit of energy to analyse why you are afraid as it won’t actually get you to do the things you want to do with your career. In fact, it will just lower your self-esteem. Instead, ask yourself where to direct your focus to get the best results. The focus needs to be on something you really desire!

When you quit trying to figure out why your career isn’t satisfying, you will suddenly have a lot of free space in your head. Everything will look more positive because you are no longer beating yourself up over “what’s wrong.” Don’t wait for your fear to go away before you follow this advice because fear itself creates a vicious cycle and increasingly undermines your self-esteem, as well as your ability to excel in your position and your field.

So, here is the deal and it may seem all too simple, but it’s actually pretty huge:

Taking action toward the thing you fear most is what causes the fear to go away!


How inspiring does that sound to you?

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“SuccesYour Success 3D Cover Commanders is not final, failure is not fatal;
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By Martin Probst

In a nutshell, Martin Probst is the Managing Director of LEADING CHEF ACADEMY. He is not interested in teaching you how to suck eggs and is convinced that you are a top banana if it comes to your cooking ability. His mission is to add to your existing kitchen experience a blend of innovative LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, EMPLOYEE MANAGEMENT & ORGANISATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS skills, so you can taste the success you deserve for all the hard work you put into your career over the years. His vision is to connect modern chefs around the globe and take them to the next level with our online education & training solutions.

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