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Well, I had a topic all lined up for this week’s column. I had completed most of the research and sat down on Monday to start writing. But with all that is going on in the world, I decided to put that on the shelf for a cycle or two. No one is going to take the time to read anything right now that doesn’t talk about the novel Coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease. So, I started afresh and will diverge from my usual approach.
 

Last week, the World Health Organization announced that COVID-19—the viral disease that has swept the globe and killed more than 8,200 people—is officially a pandemic. And on Saturday, the Trump administration extended the ban on foreign nationals from certain European countries to include those traveling from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Industry conferences and meetings have been cancelled or postponed, and many companies are electing not to require employees to travel.

Leading Through Chaos
Posted: 03/18/2020

At this time there is no more important tool in your tool kit then your ability to lead people through the storm. Most leaders have their heads in revising budgets, dealing with layoffs, cutting costs and surviving all of which are real realities that need attention. So do your people!

It was 12 years ago that the hotel industry first experienced a large breach of payment card data. Hotels and technology vendors have made very significant efforts since then, yet it is hard to identify a major hotel group that has NOT suffered at least one incident, and many breaches have been quite recent. Despite all the efforts, the Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigation Report says that the accommodation industry is still the most common victim for Point-of-Sale (POS) intrusions (and based on their terminology, this includes breaches of Property Management Systems as well as POS systems). As much as hotels have improved security, hackers have improved their own methods to keep pace.

It's that time of year when powder hounds and snow bunnies alike head out to the mountains, rip some turns or cruise down a groomer. And no matter if you’re a solo adventurer or a group enthusiast, there's some impressive technologies that the ski industry has launched that have gamified the entire experience and feed the hungry social media fanatics. For decades many have stated this industry has been behind on the technology curve, however some of these applications could definitely be transferred into the hotel industry with some creative alterations.



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The Difference Between a Community and a Team

02/18/2015
by Renie Cavallari

In technology, it is essential that teams collaborate effectively. Communication standards must be in place with projects divided up and deadlines set, and everyone must deliver on their expected results or else the entire workflow gets jammed. In the midst of a complicated project, it can be easy to forget that a single organization is made up of many teams — all essential and all working to deliver different elements adding up to a whole.

Teams are groups of people who work together to deliver a specific function, service or product for the organization at large. Teams require specific skills for members to be effective. The operations team manages day-to-day business operations and processes. The customer service team resolves and decreases customer complaints. The sales team delivers the customer experience to create raving fans and loyalty, deliver your message, and grow relationships and revenues. Together, these teams form one community. And to be effective, that community must collaborate effectively.

Communities are groups of people who work together in service of a higher purpose. They have a distinct culture and the strength of their culture fuels positivity and productivity. Communities are built through the alignment of teams, like pieces of code coming together to form a single program. They are interactive, require participation, are dependent on their members, and equal more than the sum of their parts. When one member is in need, the entire community will reach out to support them. Communities are built on common strengths and they leverage those strengths to deliver on a shared mission.  
 

Communities are:

Teams are:

  • Committed to a higher purpose (vision)
  • Driven by a common mission
  • Sustained by the alignment of teams toward a shared culture
  • Discipline-based
  • Tactical in nature
  • Focused on specific tasks or deliverables

 

Over the last 25 years, I have had the privilege to work with hundreds of organizations and study those who consistently outperform their competition regardless of economic conditions. These outstanding organizations start by aligning their community with a strong and healthy culture.

They make sure their people don’t just understand the organization’s higher purpose —they also learn how to deliver on it and actively contribute toward it. They learn about how the organization works, why they do what they do, and how their work is meaningful to the goals and aspirations of the organization at large.

The lesson: While the nature of the work itself can be isolating, all too often IT departments are cut off from the rest of the organization. Leaders in IT must work especially hard to learn how their teams fit into the community at large, and help their people see the role they play in bringing the entire organization’s culture to life.

About The Author
Renie Cavallari
Chief Instigating Officer
Aspire Marketing


Renie Cavallari is the chief instigating officer with Aspire Marketing. She can be reached at renie@aspiremarketing.com.

If you would like me to talk to your team via a free Zoom conversation on how to move from scarcity and fear to resilience and power, please reach out to me at renie@poweredbyaspire.com . We are here to help!

If you want a cliffs notes version of Leading Through Chaos, download a free one pager here.

 
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