The larger we get, the more disciplined I have to be. ~ Scott Kammerer
SoDel Concepts operates 10 coastal restaurants, a catering company, and a food truck. The company has won a myriad of awards, including the Marvin S. Gilman Superstar in Business Award. Among the SoDel restaurants are Bluecoast Seafood Grill, named one of the top-10 destination restaurants in America by Attache Magazine, and Matt’s Fish Camp, which was recently awarded “Best Seafood Restaurant” by Delaware Today Magazine. Scott was also named Businessman of the Year in 2015 and the same title again in 2016 by Coastal Style Magazine.
Over the last 20 years, Scott Kammerer has established himself as a premier developer of restaurant companies and concepts on the East Coast. Scott is a founding partner of Highwater Management and HaleyKammerer Restaurant Consulting, a co-founder of Matt’s Homemade Sodas, a line of craft sodas distributed throughout Delaware, a co-founder of SoDel Salts, a line of chef inspired flavored sea salt, and Executive Producer of SoDel Films.
Scott is also the founder of SoDel Cares, a charity that raises funds for causes that benefit children, at-risk youth, adults reentering society from the prison system, and the elderly who need assistance. In 2016, SoDel Cares was voted best local charity by readers of Coastal Style Magazine.
As you’ll hear in this great interview, Scott knows a ton about organizational growth, and his leadership insight is powerful.
- Listen to Scott talk about how he stays connected with his people and builds a community as the organization grows. He not only makes sure that the lines of communication are open, but the number and types of celebrations that he describes are impressive. He wants to serve first, and a big part of that is knowing that “the dishwasher’s have an opinion,” and it needs to be heard by the leader.
- Scott follows the work of great leadership gurus like Dale Carnegie, but lately, he is mostly into the work of @garyvee. Big plug here for Jab, Jab, Right Hook. Listen to how many books a month he reads so that he continues to grow in his role. Check out our #readthisseries for incredible selections to help you grow faster and lead better.
- Kammerer says “service before self” as he tells us about giving thanks, giving back, and staying focused. Don’t miss what he says about helping other people as a priority.
- He wants to learn how to better “pivot with grace” as a leader so that he can make quick changes to the organization but with the predictability that will keep others calm. His thoughts on leaving a legacy are inspiring.
- He wants our listeners to make a list of their strengths and weaknesses so that we can work to our strengths and hire to our weaknesses. Don’t miss what he says about self-actualization and an honest inventory of your skills.
- Finally, pay close attention to what he says about the leader setting the vision and core values and not being swayed off “the rock.” Everything else can be done by consensus, but not the key principles and values upon which all other decisions are made.
We want to develop our people, make beautiful simple food, and make the world a better place. ~ Scott Kammerer