This week I went out with a group of friends – 40 of us (all women) in total for Christmas dinner at one of our local pubs. The pub has recently changed hands and most of us had not been there since. Whereas so many places make life as difficult as possible when there is […]
For a change this weekend I was on the receiving end of an event. The seminar was held in a well-equipped conference centre, in a beautiful setting, where I have both trained and been trained, so I know it well. However had this been my only experience I would have come away with a poor […]
I discovered a new hotel last week, perfect for my visit. And my stay there was great; a warm welcome, spotlessly clean room, free use of Mac, delicious breakfast. So when I had to travel to the same city again this week I naturally booked in again. But what a difference a week makes. Or […]
In the A – Z of hospitality leadership G is for setting goals. Do your team know what you expect and how you’ll measure this? In the article on Communication I talked about the need to let people know what is expected of them, and how their contribution fits into the bigger picture. […]
In the A-Z of hospitality leadership F is for Feedback The giving and receiving of feedback is probably one of the most vital skills in management. According to Ken Blanchard “Feedback is the breakfast of champions” People need to know how they are doing in order know what to keep doing and what needs improving, […]
I’ve just received an email from a hotel in the US where I stayed on business 4 years ago. I have to take my hat off to them for keeping me on their mailing list. Their approach is very effective at keeping themselves on my radar, reminding me of the pleasant stay I had there, […]
In the A- Z of leadership E is Empathy. Putting yourself in another’s shoes. Empathy is really understanding the other person’s perspective, position and feelings. It is the ability to ‘step back’, and achieve a detachment from our own emotions, and is essential for building trust, rapport and effective relationships. It involves listening and […]
In the A-Z of hospitality leadership D is for Development One question to ask yourself is “Could I honestly say I am tapping into 100% of the potential of my team?” If the answer to this is no, what do you need to be doing to tap into that potential? We need to […]
How secure is your data? Last week I made a costly mistake, and caused £500 worth of damage to my laptop. All down to a piece of blue tack! But why do I say only £500? Well, it certainly could have been a lot worse. Although in the end I decided not to send my […]
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