Season 2

Leadership is…

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Chapter 1 – Reimagining leadership
What does it mean to be a leader? Our experts look at the ecosystem of bar teams and explain how communication, empathy and a focus on the group over the individual are intrinsic to empowering a team.
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Chapter 2 – Times of change
Change is inevitable and can test a leader. Be they professional or personal, the learnings will be key in maintaining a strong leadership role. Our experts tell us how they’ve navigated change and adversity themselves.
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Chapter 3 – Building your team
Unconventional hiring practices, examining job roles and encouraging mentorship are all discussed in this final chapter. It all comes back to one main goal: inspiring a group of people to work together as a team.

What should leadership look like in bars? We talk to bar owners and respected leaders who have worked hard to build and lead teams that work together harmoniously to be some of the best in the business. From effective communication to navigating failure and adversity, they explain what it takes to truly lead a team.


Further Reading

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The future is yours to create: Shelley Tai

Our final interviewee in our series is Shelley Tai, general manager of Singapore’s Nutmeg & Clove. She discusses how pursuing her hobbies brings her happiness, doing a job well, and raising our standards

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Up close & personal: Juan Yi Jun, No Sleep Club

For the final instalment in our series, we spoke to Juan Yi Jun, owner and co-founder of No Sleep Club. Jun talks about the compromises that are necessary as you scale up your business, the experience of managing staff throughout the Covid-19 crisis, and developing her own skills as a leader since then, in order to stay close to her team

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South Korea’s happiest bar owner on driving his local cocktail industry

Terry Kim has built an empire of bar excellence in South Korea. He explains how happiness can inspire future generations as his local industry continues to grow – and how he ascended to the top of his game ‘Happiness’ is the word Terry Kim uses the most when talking about his career in hospitality. Approaching […]

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The future is yours to create: Julian Short

From Sin + Tax bar in Johannesburg, our seventh interviewee in our series is beverage director Julian Short. He chats about life-changing travel experiences, talking more about the impact of working with alcohol, and sharing our failures A little bit about me I have been bartending since 2014. I started bartending because quite simply, I […]

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The future is yours to create: Keith Motsi

Keith Motsi, head bartender at VIRTÙ and head of beverage operations at Four Seasons Hotel Toyko at Otemachi is the sixth in our series. He tells us how he loves to see other people flourish, why the term ‘role model’ has become obsolete, and what we should encourage the next generation to do A little […]

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Up close & personal: Edmund Weil & Roisin Stimpson, Speakeasy Entertainment

Our fourth instalment of this series sees us talking to Edmund Weil and Roisin Stimpson of London's Nightjar, Oriole and Swift bars. They share their deep knowledge of owning multiple sites, making running their business work for their personal lives, and knowing their priorities

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