Keys To The Room

20 October 2019 | In “Keys to the room: Unlocking the doors to opportunities and possibilities,” John F. Oppenheimer generously shares his thoughts and insights on entrepreneurship and hospitality. Reading the book while staying at one of his Hotel Interurban in Seattle.

We learn his wisdom through a collection of stories dedicated to both personal and professional families of the author. The title of each story itself makes sense.

  • When a door opens – walk through it!
  • Focus on what you know
  • Make success from a mess
  • Do it!
  • Reinvent every day
  • Learn something old
  • Make your bed
  • Channel Franck
  • Call back in ten
  • Broadcast your values
  • Expect loyalty
  • Applaud mistakes
  • Fail to succeed
  • Value time
  • Have the courage to listen
  • Forget and they’ll remember
  • Give up your socks
  • Get wet
  • Find the Fresca
  • Throw parties! Host sleepovers!
  • Create billboards
  • Hire greatness
  • Be gracious
  • Find diamonds
  • Keep it in the family
  • Push with reminders
  • Ask the right questions
  • Say what you think
  • Cultivate buds
  • Be smart, break rules
  • Start young
  • Know your strengths
  • Pay it forward
  • Be spirited
  • Let go
  • Know the point
  • Eliminate “the word”
  • Never explain, never complain
  • Listen with both ears
  • Undivide your attention
  • Keep it simple
  • Provide veto power
  • Be present and quiet
  • Compartmentalize
  • Personalize perspective
  • Treating prisoners kindly wins girls
  • Change it up
  • Sleep better
  • Open doors
  • Know your rules

John F. Oppenheimer’s 15 Rules of Doing Business:

  1. Follow values every day – they are the litmus test for every decision you make.
  2. Tune in and go with your gut – if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
  3. Know which vowels are more important. A good leader limits the Is and concentrates on the Us. Cliche’ or not, it’s true – there is no I in team.
  4. We’ve got one mouth and two ears for a reason. Listen harder.
  5. Don’t take it too seriously – know your priorities and keep perspective.
  6. Take risks – make mistakes, learn, and keep moving forward.
  7. Don’t chew your cabbage twice, meaning don’t keep rehashing. Move on.
  8. Don’t be stale – shake it up regularly and make changes.
  9. Once you’re in the company family, you’re in the family. Not exactly Mafioso, but loyalty is a two-way street.
  10. Be who you are, and give people the honor of getting to know you.
  11. Be smart and decisive.
  12. Write thank you notes immediately.
  13. Ask more questions and give fewer answers.
  14. Pick up the phone more often than you email.
  15. Have a blast every day!

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