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When managers struggle with challenges in their restaurants — And what manager doesn’t? — they’re sometimes reluctant to ask for help because they feel that they’re expected to know the answer. A smart strategy to help them leverage their colleagues’ expertise is the “60-Second Consultant” technique.

This unique communal problem-solving strategy could be used at your next manager meeting to both enact change and foster collaboration among the leadership team. After completing this exercise, every manager should have at least five or six unique solutions to one of their biggest challenges, clearly demonstrating that none of us is as smart as all of us.

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