Variety is the spice of life, ask any Chinese cook.
Did the Chinese understand business through cooking or was it vice versa
Australian business people’s character includes individuality and inventiveness. This also applies to the characteristics of Chinese cooking and business principles which can create significantly improved outcomes.
The unique style and simplicity of Chinese cooking have been developed over many centuries. Whereas most people in business have only been involved for a very short time and haven’t had a lot of practice.
Despite a 5,000-year-old heritage, Chinese cooking is still relevant today. It contains variety, healthy eating, is simple or complex and quick to prepare. You can actually start by breeding or growing your own produce for dishes such as Peking Duck.
Chinese food is regarded as the ideal food for our modern times, being high in protein and complex carbohydrates and low in calories and fat. Meat plays a secondary part to vegetables. Grains are widely used, particularly rice and for making noodles. Soy Beans and their derivatives are also an important part of Chinese cooking.
You can’t please everyone
One of the first things I learned was, trying to please everybody can be the key to failure. I now think the old adage that ‘the customer is always right’, is wrong. My cooking is done with passion and love to please my family and friends, but only after I have decided what I want to cook.
By focusing on what is important to you first, your enjoyment will be enhanced. I don’t see this as being selfish, but rather as necessary if you want to help others. Success breeds success and success requires you being motivated by what you are doing.
Most elements of a good diet can be combined in one single Chinese dish. So Chinese cooking and eating methods are conducive to good health. Understanding the food you eat is so important to maintaining good health. And in order to run your businesses well, you need to understand the basics.
Lack of direction causes many problems and frustrations
Do you feel overloaded and stressed because of the direction your business is taking? Are sales and profits declining and you are only just surviving whilst struggling with poor cash flow?
Perhaps the direction you are taking is so bad your best employees have been slowly leaving and you are only one lost customer away from bankruptcy? Running a business is hard enough without running around in circles.
This is precisely what you risk doing if you don’t clarify your business direction. Businesses that start failing often lack clarity of purpose, so it pays to get your business’s purpose sorted first.
If you apply this thinking to Chinese cooking you can often be faced with many problems. All due to the lack of planning and preparation, particularly when you cook your first banquet for 10 or 15 people.
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Saving a business from the brink of disaster, or a banquet from disaster is not easy, but it can be done. Often all that is needed are a few new strategies to change direction. A change in work habits along with good practical advice and support can also impact on the direction.
The important first step is to take a deep breath, adjust your mental attitude, be positive and start believing in yourself and what you are trying to achieve, whether it be Chinese cooking or running a business.