Archive for February 8th, 2013

New Restaurant Reality Show!


Check your listing on the Food Channel. I think it’s called “Battle of the Culinary Ice Cubes”.  They pit two restaurant concepts against each other, using actual kitchen staff. A number of cool areas are examined, thaw times, bag opening style, etc. Innovative price cutting and product  bundling has been left to another possible show called “Marketing & Management -The  Cutting Edge!”  The winner each week, gets more shelf space in their favorite markets freezer.

I am just glad I got out of the business before it became so competitive, one culinary school graduate was heard to say, he went on to say he didn’t care for the cold., anyway!

My motto bears repeating!


HOLY SMOKE YOUR RIGHT! ” I like nonsense. it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”  By Dr. Sesuss


Success & Fun

Life should be FUN!  I have never observed having FUN detracts from the quality or quantiy of result, quite the contrary I have observed just the opposite. The UK branch of Friday’s family was in Orlando for a FUN reward trip recently. Their performance has been exceptional and they have had FUN  achieving it. When I visit most successful businesses there is an air of excitement and yes, FUN. Triceptive, the theory, is about how you achieve  this, FUN, for the three participants in any business, the customer, employee and company. Magic happens when you achieve this FUN  on a balanced basis, read about it in my book we call the magic “levitation”.

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My FUN  motto:  “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” Dr. Sesuss

Simple vs Easy

Ronald Reagan said, “They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer – not an easy answer but simple.”  I love problem solving. The method I use, is to reduce a problem to it’s simplest form. We do that with our teaching metaphors in the book. This method makes the answer clear and usually SIMPLE but not EASY.  My observations of management  today is there are way to many looking for EASY.  Could it be that SIMPLE?


Dan Scoggin


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Antique Canoe Dealer



For Sale but not by me

I needed business cards because I was tired of writing all my information on scraps of paper. Our training company, when fully developed, will operate under the name of TriCept, LLC. So we have a name and logo for the card but I still needed a title. With a little tongue in cheek, Casper suggested the title of “‘Antique Canoe Dealer.”

Why is that so funny? Well, it the only reference that can be found of my existence in the T.G.I. Friday’s website. If you haven’t heard, I founded Friday’s. But even better than that, I invented Potato Skins!  Personally, I think it’s rather humorous and speaks volumes that I’m considered a world-renowned Antique Canoe Dealer. Frankly, I wouldn’t bring it up here but I have been handing out a lot of business cards  and didn’t want to start getting orders for antique canoes!

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Principles remain constant.

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SHAKEN NOT STIRREDThe most serious curator.

With the book nearing completion, we have turned our attention to the international speaking tour. Luckily, I have an ‘in’ at the “Institute for very serious study”. This should be an excellent warm up venue. I am looking forward to the tour. Above I am pictured with my wife Sandy, just after my last speech at the Institute. Pictured on the right is “The most serious Curator” just after stirring and presenting an excellent martini as my speaking fee.  Life’s good!
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Life’s balancing acts

Many years ago I worked for seven years without taking a vacation. Holidays were used for travel and getting to the next challenge. I was riding the rocket of growth and opportunity created by a great company, Boise Cascade. Then flame out! Every problem seemed insurmountable, everything seemed to be stacking up around me and my productivity vanished.


Finally, out of frustration, I took a vacation.

Have you ever misplaced something at night (like your keys) when you are tired, just to awaken in the morning and immediately remember exactly where ‘it’ is!  I discovered on a larger scale that same ‘miracle’ upon returning to work from my vacation.  I was refreshed, everything was clearer and much more easily handled. For the rest of my business career I required regular vacations and time off, not only for myself but for all in the organization. The payoff was not just in productivity but in the BALANCE of a happy life for my associates.