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    Sometimes weird things happen, so good things can happen. This is the case of Sally Smith, who became CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings after the guy hired to run the company, never showed up — to run the company. I guess as they say, never waste a crisis and Mrs. Smith did exactly that.

    Sometimes weird things happen, so good things can happen.

    This is the case of Sally Smith, who became CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings after the guy hired to run the company, never showed up. I guess as they say, never waste a crisis and Mrs. Smith did exactly that — she was opportunistic.

    Buffalo Wild Wings had moved from Buffalo, New York, to Columbus, Ohio, and the enterprise was starting to grow impressively, but the founders realized they needed help with professional operations, yet they faced a dilemma: their current CEO was leaving for another job, and the one they hired to take his place, never showed up – this is when they turned to Sally Smith, who was the franchises’ leading financial officer.

    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals lesson: be prepared, move through intelligence, excellence, accountability and result: yet, it doesn’t hurt to have some good fortune.

    In the USA Today article, Sally Smith’s (Chicken) Wings are Soaring, where Smith discusses putting her fingerprints all over the brand to position it for futurity.

    In Sally Smith’s (Chicken) Wings are Soaring, it stated,

    What do you look for in job applicants?

    A. If they’re passionate about something: Is it a sport, is it reading?

    Early on, when I joined Buffalo Wild Wings, I borrowed an office. It was the first week or two, and I noticed the garbage was piling up, and I went to my friend and said, “I don’t think the cleaning service is coming in here,” and he said, “We take it out ourselves.” So I use that as an analogy for what I look for in people. Are they willing to take the garbage out? Can they chip in?”

    Sally Smith was ready when her opportunity came: now she is making the most of it.

    Good Luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals
    calvin.wilson1@verizon.net
    http://twitter.com/Upstart__Nation

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