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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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Your Job is to Turn on Their Motivational Switch

02/21/2017
by Renie Cavallari

Our value as leaders is in how we help others achieve.
In my research for my new book, aspire... to shine, I interviewed and collected data from hundreds of highly motivated and not-so-motivated people. There is one overriding commonality for all of us:

Our motivations reflect what we value and why we currently value it.
As a leader, you can only inspire people. You can’t motivate them because their motivational switch has only one operator… them! So, how do leaders help shine the light so they bring out the potential of their people and help turn on someone's motivational switch?


If you want people to play “all in,” you have to play all in. You also have to create an inspiring environment that recognizes those who do. We naturally engage when we feel connected and important. Clearly, a person who feels valued is more likely to engage than the reverse.


When we are engaged, we turn on our motivational switch. We are inspired to learn and do more. We care more deeply. We impact others. This energy connects us and turns up the light. The brighter the light we create, the more we feel energized! This inspires us to do even more. Remember, leadership is a behavior, not a position. Engagement is about inspiring people to participate. Your job is to help shine the light so they choose to engage... so they choose to be "all in."


Playing all in is an emotional commitment that can be inspired but not demanded. As a leader, how people participate reflects you.


For your team to truly shine, you must understand how your work and the work of your team contributes to the vision of the company. Inspiring leaders who help people connect the dots between what they do and “the why” help them turn on their motivational switch, regardless of their work product.


In my years of research around “shining,” I identified three interesting trends around why people shine and what influences them to shine:



1. Our ability to align our passions and contributions with our work and life
2. Our choice to be an active life participant, “an engager”
3. Our knowledge around what truly motivates us

All three help us turn on our own motivational switch. When your switch is in the “on” position, everything is possible!


Like a light switch, pride energizes people. Your job as a leader is to turn it on through engaging, inspiring and aligning your team members. Now you have illumination!


When people feel pride, they synergize. They do the right things without being asked. They feel confident and make things happen. They know the accomplishment will feel good. It just feels right.


Another way to help your team shine is to create focus. When we are focused, we are not just productive, we are also highly engaged and motivated. Motivation is a deep desire to do something... it’s the reason (or reasons) a person is acting in a certain way.


When we have clarity around our motivations, we can establish goals that align with what we want in our life. When we don’t know what we want, it is hard to feel motivated toward it. Goals give us focus.


In addition, you want to know the motivation behind your goals and those of your people. When you understand what you gain by achieving each goal, you naturally turn on your motivational switch. Knowing the goal is only step one. You have to know what your real motivation is behind the goal!


Leaders must align goals with the motivations of their people so if you want to know what motivates your people, just ask them.


Download the first chapter of aspire... to shine for free and learn more about being a Shiner and turning on that motivational switch.

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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