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Frequently Asked Questions

On this page, you can find answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions Stefan Masuhr is asked about his three chosen topics of business, food and sport.

Business
• How do I establish an effective employee recognition scheme?
Positive employee recognition is sadly still scarce in many businesses, despite the known fact that happy employees are more productive employees. Setting out clear goals and action plans can help to ensure that your employees not only know what is expected of them, but that they feel valued and appreciated. With established measures for recognition, everyone who meets the criteria can be recognised rather than just the highest performer.

• What are the key steps to building a strong team?
A thorough selection process may be time-consuming, but in the long term leaves you with a better chance of having a strong team that will be with you every step of the way. Focus on specific roles and ensure each role is viewed as an equally essential part of operations.

Food
• How does sushi in Japan differ from sushi in the West?
Japanese sushi tends to be simpler and healthier than what Westerners may think of as sushi. Westernised dishes often include more high-fat ingredients, whilst in Japan, most sushi is uncomplicated, low-fat and incorporates just three or four ingredients.

• What does sous vide cooking involve?
Sous vide refers to the practice of cooking food inside vacuum sealed bags in water of a precisely controlled temperature. In some cases, the term may be used even when the bags are not used, so long as the water temperature is controlled.

Sports
• What are the different types of triathlon and what are the differences between them?
There are five different types of triathlon event and the difference between them is related to distances. They are Sprint, Olympic, ITU Long, Half Ironman and Full Ironman, ranging from the shortest to the longest tracks. In a Sprint triathlon, competitors swim for 750m, cycle for 20km and then run for 5km. In a Full Ironman, participants swim 3.8km, cycle for 180km and run for 42.195km.

• When was the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle produced?
The first ever Harley-Davidson motorcycle was made available to the public in 1903. Designed by William S. Harley in 1901, it was essentially a bicycle with an engine. The design evolved over the coming decades to become the iconic motorcycle it is today.