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A great deal has been written over the years about the viability of moving a hotel’s property-management system (PMS) to the cloud to take advantage of the latest technologies, but hoteliers need to realize that it’s not the only viable option. All platforms have advantages, including self-hosted, private cloud and on-premise solutions that leverage the latest mobile, contact free and web-based technologies. Independent operators can still enhance the digital guest experience, support personalized and mobile check-in, deploy contact free technologies, and secure hotel/guest data even if their PMS does not reside in the cloud. It should not be a question of “Cloud or On Premise?” but rather “Does the PMS solve your business objectives in both technology and service?”

Much has been written in the mainstream hospitality press about the challenges COVID-19 has presented to the industry. Hotels are in more pain than at any time in our memories. Because of the extensive media coverage, I won’t dwell on this topic further in what is primarily a technology column. But it’s the background for this week’s column, and so merits acknowledgement.

Are You All In?
Posted: 07/27/2020

Imagine everyone in your organization engaged, aligned, and performing to their potential. Imagine everyone playing “All In.”

Great organizations have synergy. Their culture allows them to play to a rhythm at a different tempo than the average organization. How do you get that at your organization?

Many front-line hospitality workers rely on tips for a significant part of their paychecks. If not for tips, many hotel associates who serve as waitstaff, bartenders, housekeepers, bell staff, concierges and pool attendants would soon be looking for other jobs. This is a regional issue: in most of Asia and Europe, staff get higher base pay, and tips are either not expected at all, or are truly discretionary. But in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other countries, tips are an important reality, and one that’s not likely to change anytime soon.

As somebody who’s helped to grow a company from 13 people to nearly a thousand, I know very well the excitement that comes with having a mindset focused entirely on growth. Every newly acquired customer, every new office and every milestone means the gap between you and your nearest competitor is that much bigger and that much harder to overtake.



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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!

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