My Experience For Managing People Essay

754 Words Apr 28th, 2015 4 Pages
I have started offering private cooking classes, and although I am not a manager, per say, this is my first experience in managing people. In all my other jobs I have been in technical positions, responsible solely for my performance and sometimes the performance of a team. As a teacher though, my goal at the end of a lesson is not that product has been put out the door; I am concerned with the development of my students. It was a terrifying realization for me that my capabilities are not what count here. It matters not how well I do, what matters is if I can properly communicate my knowledge to my students, and that I am able to help them find confidence in the kitchen. Those interpersonal skills which are so imperative to good management are what I need to develop.
This is week four for me as a teacher, and so far the biggest adjustment has been the mental switch from production to instruction. In a professional kitchen, it is imperative to get food out promptly. The clock is king. I habitually bring that mentality to my classes. This results in brusque communication on my part, and I end up taking over too much of the cooking in order to expedite the process. I should instead allow my students to experience as much hands-on learning as possible.
I have been shaped by my experience in professional kitchens so that when I am cooking, I exhibit an autocratic style of leadership. It is what I call the “Yes, Chef” mentality: no matter what, Chef is right in his kitchen and his…

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