To Start Our FREE Interview Training Course

Nov 12, 2014
16492
Comments
by James

The Intersection of Sushi and High Performing Employees

Posted in Hiring Best Practices

A couple months ago I was flipping through my Netflix account putting some movies in my queue when I stumbled across a Japanese film called “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”.

Now, I’m not a big fan of eating raw fish but I do like documentaries about chefs and food so I decided to give it a try.   The title alone was worth at least a 15 minute investment.

As I watched the opening few scenes, I was leaning heavily toward shutting it off and switching to something with more explosives, car chases and bad acting, but I hung in there.

And then something cool happened.   A really strong message appeared as a thread through the movie and I connected with it on a really deep level.

(Bear with me here as I attempt to connect work and sushi)

On the surface, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a sleepy, subtitled documentary about an 85 year old sushi chef who owns a 10 seat restaurant in the basement of an office building in a Tokyo subway.   Seems pretty standard, right?  There’s probably a few hundred of those in Tokyo but what makes Jiro different is that he’s the only sushi chef ever to receive a 3-Star Michelin review and, subsequently, he’s widely regarded as the top sushi chef in the world year-after-year.

So I won’t give the entire movie away because I think you should all watch it (see the teaser above), but what made me think about “work” as I was watching the film were two key take-aways:

# 1 –   Jiro’s passion for making just one thing (sushi) and how it lead to his success.

# 2 –   How his passion gets in the way of other people’s success.

The movie shows Jiro’s maniacal focus on his profession, his superhuman work ethic, his intense scrutiny during training, and his unwavering bond with his suppliers…all of which leads to flawless execution and a sublime experience for diners.

But it also tells a more subtle story of how micro-managing and being a control freak can create unsustainable success.

I’ve watched the movie about 3 or 4 times now and each time I learn something new.  I highly recommend you watch it.

Now…in my attempt to make this post interactive, I’ll leave two discussion questions for whoever was crazy enough to click on this blog post (and read this far down)….

  1.   What is your sushi?     

For me, I want to be the best in the world at “interview process management”.

  1.   Is it okay to be a highly specialized professional?

There is a lot of pressure in most organizations to grow laterally in order to grow vertically.  Is there a place for “world class specialists” in your company?   Sometimes we call those people “blockers” and we force them to move.    What is the right balance of specialists-to-generalists in a department?

Interested in your thoughts, philosophies and other movie suggestions that, at first, appear to have nothing to do with work, but if you think hard enough you can make a case or a blog post.

 

 
 
HireBar - Blog Author Profile - James Colino

76 thoughts on “The Intersection of Sushi and High Performing Employees”

  1. Everyone loves what you guys are up too. This kind of clever work
    and exposure! Keep up the awesome works guys I’ve included
    you guys to our blogroll.

  2. Heya! I realize this is somewhat off-topic however
    I needed to ask. Does managing a well-established blog such as yours take a lot of work?

    I’m completely new to running a blog however I do write in my diary every day.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my experience and views online.
    Please let me know if you have any kind of recommendations or tips for brand new aspiring blog
    owners. Appreciate it!

  3. Thank you a lot for sharing this with all people you really realize
    what you are speaking approximately! Bookmarked. Kindly additionally consult
    with my website =). We can have a link alternate contract
    between us

  4. Heya i am for the primary time here. I found this
    board and I in finding It truly useful & it helped me out a lot.
    I hope to present one thing again and help others such as you helped me.

  5. Wonderful beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your website, how could i subscribe for a blog site?
    The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been a little
    bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  6. Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you are a great author.
    I will always bookmark your blog and will come back down the road.
    I want to encourage you continue your great job, have a nice weekend!

  7. Nice blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it
    from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my
    blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your theme.
    With thanks

  8. Hello I am so happy I found your blog, I really found you by accident, while I was researching on Aol for something else,
    Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say kudos for a tremendous post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I
    don’t have time to browse it all at the minute but I have saved it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have
    time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please
    do keep up the great jo.

  9. You really make it seem so easy along with your presentation however I in finding this matter to be actually one thing that I believe I
    might never understand. It sort of feels too complicated and extremely huge
    for me. I am having a look forward on your next put up,
    I’ll try to get the cling of it!

  10. This design is spectacular! You most certainly know
    how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos,
    I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!)
    Wonderful job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how
    you presented it. Too cool!

  11. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of
    any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some
    experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything.

    I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  12. Hmm it looks like your site ate my first comment (it
    was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying
    your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing.
    Do you have any recommendations for rookie blog writers?

    I’d really appreciate it.

  13. Wonderful blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Appreciate it

  14. Greetings! This is my first visit to your blog!
    We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a extraordinary job!

  15. It is truly a great and helpful piece of information. I am
    satisfied that you just shared this helpful information with us.

    Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  16. of course like your web-site however you have to test the spelling on quite a few of your
    posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I
    to find it very bothersome to inform the reality then again I will definitely
    come back again.

  17. Its such as you read my thoughts! You seem to grasp so much approximately this,
    like you wrote the book in it or something. I believe that you can do with some % to pressure the message home a bit, but instead of that, that is fantastic blog.
    An excellent read. I will certainly be back.

  18. Descargar facebook
    I was curious if you ever thought of changing the structure of your website?
    Its very well written; I love what youve
    got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content
    so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text
    for only having 1 or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?
    Descargar facebook

  19. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I
    provide credit and sources back to your website?
    My website is in the very same niche as yours and my visitors would genuinely benefit from some of the information you provide here.

    Please let me know if this alright with you. Thanks a
    lot!

  20. Awesome blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little
    lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices
    out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any ideas?
    Thanks!

  21. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is
    added I get three e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you
    can remove people from that service? Many thanks!

  22. Hey there this is somewhat of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG
    editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a
    blog soon but have no coding expertise so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  23. I have been surfing online more than 2 hours today, yet I never found
    any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.
    In my view, if all site owners and bloggers made good content
    as you did, the net will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  24. Howdy! This is my first comment here so I just
    wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy
    reading through your posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subjects?

    Many thanks!

  25. I’m no longer positive the place you’re getting your information, however good topic.
    I must spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for wonderful info I was in search of this information for
    my mission.

  26. Hello! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from
    an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog?

    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things
    out pretty fast. I’m thinking about setting up my own but
    I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any ideas or suggestions?
    Cheers

  27. First off I want to say great blog! I had a quick question which I’d like
    to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself
    and clear your mind before writing. I’ve had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there.
    I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the
    first 10 to 15 minutes are generally wasted simply just trying to figure
    out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints?
    Thanks!

  28. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m inspired!
    Extremely helpful information specially the closing phase :
    ) I care for such information a lot. I used to be looking for this particular info for
    a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  29. Sling tv coupons and promo codes for november 2018
    you’re really a good webmaster. The website loading pace is
    incredible. It seems that you are doing any distinctive trick.

    Furthermore, The contents are masterwork. you have performed a excellent job on this matter!
    Sling tv coupons and promo codes for november 2018

  30. I was curious if you ever thought of changing the layout of your website?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.

    But maybe you could a little more in the way of
    content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of
    text for only having 1 or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  31. Hello would you mind letting me know which web host you’re working with?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different internet browsers and I must say this
    blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you suggest a
    good web hosting provider at a honest price? Cheers, I appreciate
    it!

  32. Good day I am so glad I found your webpage, I really found you by accident, while I was browsing on Aol for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a fantastic post and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the minute but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the superb job.

  33. Terrific work! That is the type of info that should be shared across the web. Shame on Google for no longer positioning this publish higher! Come on over and talk over with my website . Thank you =)

  34. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  35. Usually I do not learn post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me
    to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me.
    Thanks, quite great article.

  36. This is the proper blog for anybody who wants to find out about this topic. You realize a lot its virtually arduous to argue with you (not that I truly would need…HaHa). You positively put a brand new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Nice stuff, just great!

  37. This is a great tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise information… Appreciate your sharing this one.

    A must read article!

  38. I do consider all the concepts you’ve offered on your post. They are very convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for novices. Could you please lengthen them a little from next time? Thank you for the post.

  39. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I’m very glad to see such fantastic info being shared freely out there.

  40. I am not sure where you are getting your info, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for wonderful info I was looking for this info for my mission.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.