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Actionable Guidance with Jason E. Brooks

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Interview Takeaways

  • Creating a System for Transforming Restaurant Managers – Jason Brooks is on a mission to give back to the hospitality space. With his book, Every Leader Needs Followers, Brooks helps those in the hospitality industry, and otherwise, find their voice as a leader.
  • Learning from Mentors and Industry Leaders – Every successful leader has been led at some point in their career. Jason Brooks harkens back to a particular general manager he had early in his career that helped shape his idea of what leadership should look like.
  • Personal Branding is About Growth – Personal branding has been defined in a number of ways. Regardless of what the final product should be for your brand, Jason Brooks believes that personal branding leans heavily on growth and failing forward.

Jason E. Brooks, an entrepreneur, author, speaker, coach, and founder of Hospivation LLC, has a passion for the hospitality industry, and is dedicated to empowering leaders through his book, “Every Leader Needs Followers.” 

His book provides a roadmap for transformation, offering ten actionable keys to success while preserving individuality. 

“I’ve been trying to find how can I truly give back?” Brooks shares with host Shawn Walchef. “That’s one of the main reasons why I wrote this book. “

Reflecting on his own journey, Brooks recalls the profound impact of a mentor early in his career. The exemplary leadership style from an early mentor left a lasting impression, teaching Brooks the essence of true leadership. His mentor’s deep connection with his team and customers laid the foundation for Brooks’ understanding of effective leadership and the importance of knowing one’s numbers.

“He was the mayor of 4000 sqft,” Brooks recalls. “I kid you not, he knew every single person to the t.” 

When it comes to personal branding, Brooks focuses on growth and resilience. He stresses that personal branding isn’t about perfection but rather about embracing growth and learning from failures.

“Personal branding…is just about growth,” Brooks asserts.  “It’s about getting better. It’s about failing forward.” 
Jason E. Brooks’ insights and experiences offer valuable guidance for aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry and beyond.

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Digital Hospitality is an interview-based video podcast hosted by business owner Shawn P. Walchef (@shawnpwalchef) and produced by his Cali BBQ Media company sponsored by DAVO Sales Tax (@davosalestax) and Marqii (@getmarqii) The weekly digital series explores the ways successful businesses and entrepreneurs have merged old and new with innovative digital strategies that harness the power of the Internet and social media. Shawn is the founder of Cali BBQ Media and creator of the Restaurant Influencers podcast on Entrepreneur Media.


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Digital Hospitality is an interview-based video podcast hosted by business owner Shawn P. Walchef (@shawnpwalchef) and produced by his Cali BBQ Media company. The weekly digital series explores the ways successful businesses and entrepreneurs have merged old and new with innovative digital strategies that harness the power of the Internet and social media. Shawn is the founder of Cali BBQ Media and creator of the Restaurant Influencers podcast on Entrepreneur Media.

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