Tech Talk

Recent posts

Definitely Doug 10/18/19
Posted: 12/06/2019

Sustainable Innovation
 
Sustainability can yield multiple benefits to hotels. Saving energy and water yields direct cost savings. Revenue can be generated by guests who prefer to deal with businesses that minimize their environmental impact. And many would argue that conserving scarce resources is simply the right thing to do.

Definitely Doug 12/6/19
Posted: 12/06/2019

Meetings Innovation
 
The sale and delivery of groups and meetings is perhaps the most significant and under-automated functions for many hotels. Even though groups often account for 30% to 60% of revenue, most group bookings are still handled manually for most if not all of steps, as they move from a meeting planner’s research to a confirmed booking.

The biggest enemy to any system is complexity. In a system of inputs and outputs, such as an enterprise system, more complexity means more parts are used in interaction with inputs to create the outputs. Every part that must be built and maintained costs time and money

Tracking the evolution of key performance indicators (KPIs) over time allows hoteliers to identify meaningful trends, create forecasts and budgets and assess the results of different strategies. To perform this kind of analysis, data has to be recorded within consistent time intervals and in chronological order. This is known as a time series.

Definitely Doug 11/15/19
Posted: 11/15/2019

Every time I turn around these days, I see a new vendor or product promising something called a complete Guest Experience Management, Guest Journey Management, or Guest Engagement (or some variation on those words). This week I looked at some of the emerging products claiming to be in this space, both to try to better understand it, and to see what promising ideas it may hold.



want to read more articles like this?

want to read more articles like this?

Sign up to receive our twice-a-month Watercooler and Siegel Sez Newsletters and never miss another article or news story.

x
 

The Sea of Mediocrity

07/22/2016
by Renie Cavallari

At work, an astounding 72 percent of people play at the mediocre level according to research based on Aspire's 10-year study of top performing people and teams. Think of the productivity and profits lost!

To get your people to perform at a higher level, you must first look at the three components of highly competent performers, regardless of their tasks and responsibility.

The Head
What is their mindset towards their work and responsibilities? Does it serve them or are they unmotivated? Motivation is fuel. Without it you don’t go far or get anywhere fast. And remember, you can’t motivate another person – you can only inspire them.

Head trash is a major killer of performance. So how can you help someone feel pride in their contributions to the team? All great performers have a positive perspective on their work. Help them find the emotional why behind their work and turn on their motivational switch. 

The Skills
What is their level of skill? Do they have the knowledge and skillset to do the tasks required to deliver on their responsibilities? Some skills are natural whereas some are nurtured. If a job requires organization and that is not someone’s nature, you have the wrong person in that position. People can learn to nurture a skill and you have to be prepared for the long road to competency that may lie ahead.

Many skills require training and training is not a one-time affair. How can they learn more? How can you set an expectation that requires them to constantly look to evolve into an outstanding performer?

Onboarding a new hire effectively bestows the skills they need to meet the expectations of the job. When you miss the opportunity to bring someone into your organization effectively, you can trigger feelings of incompetency and inadvertently trigger head trash, the major killer of performance.

The Processes
What processes do your people need to optimize their productivity and effectiveness? Many times we don’t look at our work as a process and yet process breeds efficiency. Process helps make us competent more quickly as repetition is the mother of skill.

Moving someone to a higher level of performance takes managers who effectively coach for performance improvement, using encouragement and communication as tools to establish motivation and accountability.

Raise the bar on the sea of mediocrity that likely exists inside your organization – for mediocrity, like denial, only slows you down.

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.

 
Comments
Blog post currently doesn't have any comments.
Leave comment



 Security code