Chick-fil-A's In House Awards Publication
Susie Boyce, Texas
01 September 2016
with operator re: edits, operator approval before
submission of final copy
Winning Operator's "Symbol of Success" Write-up
Grow Well. Pursue balanced excellence in all areas: sales, profit, CEM, talent, many dayparts, and many destinations.
Reinvent Continuously. Doubling sales in 3 years required reinventing leadership, training and wage structures as well as his own role.
After winning consecutive Symbol and Champions his first two years as an Operator, John Doe got back to the basics in 2017 by executing existing strategies with excellence and serving “hot, fresh food, fast, in a clean environment, with a smile, and a ‘My Pleasure’ every time, all the time.”
serving “hot, fresh food, fast, in a clean environment, with a smile, and a ‘My Pleasure’ every time, all the time.”
John Doe made evolutionary changes to strengths and revolutionary changes to weaknesses. He applied his best lunch practices to dinner, cross-pollinated day and night TMs, and offered breakfast giveaways (peaking at 1,500 free entrees one morning) to build capacity and change a “slow breakfast” mindset.
These changes contributed to higher retention, high growth during
the transition valleys and peak shoulders, busier dinners, consecutive $1M annual sales growth, and a Champions “three-peat.”
Always stay ahead of the demands of growth," John Doe advises.
“We study teams that are where we want to be, then ‘Act as If’ we are already there in terms of organizational and service behaviors.”
“We learned to get good at innovation before we needed to be,” he adds, “So when demand caught up, we were working on implementing the next innovation.”
“Always stay ahead of the demands of growth,”
John Doe is proud to have reached his team’s Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal of transforming a $3M store into a $6M store in three years. He’s also proud of the five team members who received CFA Leader scholarships as well as his certified trainers who travel the country.
In 2018, John Doe will continue to follow former Operator coach John Doe’s advice, “When you see the growth opportunity is there, put the pedal to the metal and don’t let up!”