The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode #136

You may not realize it, but you use systems every day to work faster, better, and longer. Listen in for more ideas on how you can leverage systems to improve every shift!

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In today’s Episode, it’s all about Systems!

No, wait, don’t go. I know “systems” sounds boring and corporate, but in reality we all use them every day. You use a “system” when you keep all of the open tab credit cards in one place behind the bar. You use a “system” every time you follow a closing checklist. And so on. “Systems” are simply repeatable ways of doing things. That’s it!

What is a “system”?

In a very basic sense, a system is just a repeatable way of doing something. It’s the opposite of “making it up as you go”. So as you can imagine, becoming a better, faster, more accurate and more skilled bartender is always going to require systems! Systems are also often prerequisite to delegation.

Systems for Bartenders:

As a bartender, you probably use lots of systems you don’t even realize:

  • If I put X in Y location, I’m telling the barback it needs to be refilled
  • Leveraging a checklist for opening or closing
  • Tips have been entered for THESE transactions (one pile) but not THESE (separate pile)

Influencing your Peers:

So, as a bartender, how do you get people to follow new systems?  You don’t! You work WITH people to develop new systems together and implement them as a team.

Systems & Delegation for Managers

Becoming good at delegation and system building can be one of the more difficult skills to develop as a bar leader. Often times we think that it would just be easier to do it myself than to train someone to do the task in your place, but this means that you are constantly doing things that take you away from your main job, leading and developing your bar team.

Watch the video above or listen in via your favorite podcast app for the full discussion and lots of ideas for how to make your job run just a little more smoothly!

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