Danny Meyer gives us a great model of how to write a bad-news message. In his announcement about closing the restaurant North End Grill, Meyer demonstrates communicating with humility and transparency.
Meyer describes the pain involved in closing a restaurant, including the effect on employees. He admits to mistakes and relates this closing to Tabla, which closed four years ago. He didn’t need to remind us, but he does so humbly, and as a lesson to learn from failure.
Meyer’s message is encouragement for compassionate, transparent communication planning:
All too often in our industry, a padlock on the front door might be the very first notice employees, landlords, and suppliers receive that a restaurant will be closing.
He also teaches us that leading requires courage:
[W]hen reality dictates closing, we have a choice: to do so in secrecy and shame, or instead, with dignity, integrity, and pride.
Analyze Meyer’s full statement: audience, objectives, writing style, organization, etc. What works well, and what could be improved?
In what ways does Meyer’s statement illustrate vulnerability as a leadership strength?