239 | Will Guidara | Unreasonable Hospitality: The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect

In this episode of The Greatness Machine, Will joins Darius to share insights on his inspiration for prioritizing others, drawing from his experiences with Danny Meyer. He underscores the importance of financial management in the restaurant industry and creating a culture of unreasonable hospitality. Will also touches on personal growth, leadership, and lessons learned from pursuing excellence in the culinary world and writing a book.

In this episode, Will and I talked about:

  • What inspired Will to embrace the idea of serving and prioritizing others
  • Will looks back at his experience working with Danny Meyer
  • Will discusses the importance of managing your finances carefully
  • Creating a culture of unreasonable hospitality
  • The importance of owning up to your mistakes and vulnerabilities as a leader
  • Will talks about their pursuit of becoming the number one restaurant in the world
  • The importance of separating one’s identity from their work
  • Will shares the lessons he learned while writing a book
  • And other topics…

Meet Will:

Will Guidara is known for his significant contributions to the hospitality industry. Born on September 26, 1979, in Sleepy Hollow, New York, Guidara is an accomplished restaurateur and co-founder of the Make It Nice hospitality group. He gained widespread recognition for his role as the former co-owner and front-of-house maestro at Eleven Madison Park, a renowned three-star Michelin restaurant in New York City.

Guidara has been celebrated for his innovative approach to hospitality and his commitment to creating extraordinary dining experiences. His partnership with chef Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park resulted in the restaurant earning numerous accolades, including the prestigious title of “World’s Best Restaurant” by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2017.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at www.thecorevalueequation.com.

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