Motivational Wisdom From A Chef Rat Part Ii

Motivational Wisdom From A Chef Rat Part Ii

Welcome to​ Part II of​ "Motivational Wisdom from a​ Chef Rat" where Disney movie Ratatouille's star and​ uber management guru, Remy the​ Rat, shares his motivational wisdom and​ inspirational insights:


When Anton Ego, France's most notorious food critic who can make or​ break a​ restaurant with a​ single review, makes his appearance at​ Gusteau's, Remy's culinary talents are finally put to​ the​ test.

But instead of​ preparing a​ fancy delicacy worthy of​ Gusteau's esteemed patrons, Remy chooses to​ make a​ homily Ratatouille (a vegetable stew made of​ eggplant, tomatoes, green peppers, and​ squash). It's a​ common folk meal fit "for peasants" the​ assistant cook declares.

Remy ignores this slight and​ goes with his heart. It's genuinely him and​ what he knows. He prepares an​ exquisitely rapturous, mouth-watering Ratatouille dish that just blows away the​ critic. as​ Ego takes his first bite, his cold exterior immediately melts in​ delight as​ he is​ brought back to​ sweet memories of​ his Mom's home-cooking.

This was an​ emotional scene for​ me as​ well. in​ my case, it​ brought back sweet memories of​ my father's home-cooking. My father passed away in​ a​ car accident eighteen years ago, and​ yet, I can still fondly remember savoring his Ratatouille. it​ was one of​ my father's favorites and​ he used to​ brag all the​ time about knowing how to​ make this French specialty. My brothers and​ I used to​ laugh as​ kids at​ the​ funny sounding name and​ how my father would roll the​ word off his tongue with such relish.

Bottom line: be yourself and​ ignore the​ critics.


When Linguini (I don't come up with these names), the​ supposed up-and-coming star boy chef at​ Gusteau's, reveals that the​ real inspiration behind his cooking is​ Remy the​ Rat, the​ entire staff thinks he's lost his mind and​ promptly leave the​ establishment.

Lesson: the​ best talent and​ ideas can come from anywhere and​ sometimes do come from the​ most unexpected places.

Don't pre-judge people. Just because someone's a​ rat doesn't mean they can't cook!

Likewise, don't be easily impressed by degrees, pedigrees, fancy titles, wealth, or​ so called experts. You have to​ carefully evaluate whether their talent or​ ideas will help move YOUR career or​ business forward. Sometimes that means seeking a​ second or​ third opinion.


When famed critic, Anton Ego, asks to​ personally speak with the​ head chef of​ Gusteau's, he is​ told to​ wait.

Check your ego at​ the​ door and​ tell it​ to​ wait. Don't let success get to​ your head. and​ give credit where credit is​ due.

When Linguini steals all the​ limelight and​ attributes Gusteau's new found success all to​ himself and​ his love interest, it​ breeds sour resentment in​ Remy who eventually leaves Linguini to​ his own devices.

You decide what's more important to​ you: your ego or​ your career. an​ effective leader always shares the​ limelight and​ generously gives credit, while a​ poor leader hogs up all the​ accolades creating resentment and​ unwanted enemies.

f you want to​ fast-track your success, go out of​ your way to​ catch people doing something right and​ give them the​ credit they crave so desperately and​ rightfully deserve!


When Anton Ego makes his grand appearance at​ Gusteau's to​ put the​ final nail in​ the​ coffin, he literally asks for​ a​ new perspective. "Surprise me!" he demands asking for​ something new off-the-menu.

We don't always have to​ go with the​ canned selection that's offered us - whether it's provided in​ a​ menu, business proposal, job offer, meeting agenda, or​ course curriculum. We can ask for​ a​ new perspective.

I suspect Ego was a​ management guru in​ his past life as​ this is​ great advice for​ managers as​ well. the​ next time you hold a​ meeting, ask for​ a​ new perspective. or​ ask in​ advance of​ the​ meeting that each person come prepared to​ attend the​ meeting with at​ least one new idea or​ new way of​ doing things.

Ask them to​ surprise you. the​ results may indeed surprise you - and​ hopefully for​ the​ better! (For added emphasis or​ just for​ fun and​ humor, take your team out to​ see Ratatouille or​ play clips from the​ movie at​ your meeting once it​ comes out in​ DVD).

Speaking of​ management gurus, I'm thinking of​ co-authoring a​ follow-up to​ Dr. Spencer Johnson's "Who Moved My Cheese." I think I'll call it: "Who Made My Ratatouille: Motivational Wisdom from Remy the​ Rat."

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