Paul Brown is the owner of Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury Center, Vermont. The mill was started in 1974 — it ran successfully for 26 years — and then Paul purchased the business in 2000. Cold Hollow is a top producer of fresh apple cider in New England and one of Vermont’s most popular tourist attractions. That’s because Cold Hollow is committed to doing it the old-fashioned way, making pure cider with a traditional rack and cloth press built in the 1920s. Cold Hollow is also the home of the legendary “Cider Donut”, which Gourmet Magazine called one of the country’s four best donuts. During the last 15 years, Cold Hollow has expanded to include a jelly room, large production facility, two cold-storage rooms, and a large bottling facility.
Paul checks on Monday morning who called in sick, who got hurt, and what broke -- focus on the realities of your business and try to negate the problem areas. ONWARD!
Don't leave anything on your desk to take care of tomorrow -- Paul cleans his desk off every single day before leaving.
Paul tried to grow too big in one year -- and Paul tells the whole story here.
"You really need to know your customer."
"Never ask a staff member to do something you aren't willing to do yourself -- lead by example."
I wish I hadn't tried to do too much -- focus on one area and get it right before working on something else.
Get clear on your vision -- and make sure everyone is laser-focused on that vision.
An individual would be organized -- they need to put together a gameplan for the day, week, month, year.
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