My Recipe for Success

Kim Kyle, CDM, CFPP

Fort Worth, TX
ANFP Member since: 2008

Kim Kyle, CDM, CFPP

Kim thinks that for a department to be successful, you need to “grow” your team! Below is her recipe for team growth: 

Kim's Recipe for Success 

  1. Plant seeds of knowledge in your team through training, webinars or sharing of experiences that they (or you) may have had in your career.  
  2. Water them with praise and appreciation! Even mistakes can be lifelong learning opportunities. 
  3. Nurture your teams’ individual strengths. Show them how different ways of thinking can lead to great discoveries in our work and personal lives. 
  4. Fertilize their passions, whether it is in foodservice or another discipline. This will show your team that you care about them as human beings.  
  5. Shine a spotlight on them. Introduce them to your clients, coworkers, and department heads so they know that they are a valuable part of the team! 
  6. If some of your team need more time to grow than others, come up with a plan to help keep them engaged until they succeed. 
  7. Weed out the scrawny plants that refuse to grow. 
  8. Start thinking about your harvest. Which team members have the potential and are interested in doing what you do? 
  9. Choose one or two team members that are interested in becoming a CDM, CFPP and help get them started on the path to becoming one. Be a mentor! 
  10.  Remember to take care of yourself and the team. Without you both there are no successes!  

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January 2021 - Dorothy Radermacher, CDM, CFPP
March 2021 - Wanda Dickson, CDM, CFPP
May 2021 - Tom Thaman, CDM, CFPP
July 2021 - Chef Richard "Nick" Nickless, CEC, CCA, AAC, CDM, CFPP
September 2021 - Karen Swift, CDM, CFPP
November 2021 - Paula Bradley, CDM, CFPP
January 2022 - Deborah McDonald, CDM, CFPP
March 2022 - Trish De Leo, CDM, CFPP
May 2022 - Deb Dawson, CDM, CFPP
July 2022 - Rosalind Davis, CDM, CFPP
September 2022 - Ken Owens, CDM, CFPP
November 2022 - Janice Hemel, CDM, CFPP
January 2023 - Bonna Brown, CDM, CFPP
March 2023 - Becky Massey, CDM, CFPP
May 2023 -  Colleen Zenk, CDM, CFPP
July 2023 - Joey Rost, CDM, CFPP
September 2023 - Milton McGowian, DBA, FMP, CDM, CFPP
November 2023 - Robert McKeon, CDM, CFPP
January 2024 - Hunter Hying, CDM, CFPP