Arestaurateur would have to wake up pretty early to outperform Wingstop chief executive James A. Flynn—seriously early. Flynn, who has led 370-unit Wingstop to 21 consecutive quarters of same-store sales increases, rises every morning at 2:30 a.m., exercises and arrives at the office in Richardson, Texas, by 5:30 a.m. He credits his time in the U.S. Naval Academy with instilling in him the discipline needed to start each day before nearly all of his competitors.“My class ...

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