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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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Leadership Tip: Culture… It is More Business Than You Think!

05/15/2015
by Renie Cavallari

Some think it's "fluff" while others think it is "done because it's on a wallet card" possessed by every employee. Yet culture is the tool that leaders use to inspire and align. When your people are aligned, they stay agile and focused, making decisions effectively. It's time to start thinking differently about the power and control your culture has over your business and its future!

Imagine your organization as the human body. In your organization, culture is what gets the body's heart racing, the blood pumping and the rest of the body functioning in top condition. Every organization has a culture. The question is whether that culture is healthy or not.

Fact: Leaders are at the center of a healthy or dysfunctional culture.

A healthy culture is built on four primary components. It aligns an organization’s vision, mission, values and brand promise (value proposition) with its strategies, personality (client experience) and product execution; ultimately helping team members do the right thing(s). Together, these components shape your organization’s higher purpose as this becomes your heartbeat.

A healthy culture synergizes your people and engages them to act in service of your strategy, goals and higher purpose. It establishes clarity around what matters most and is the foundation to a high performance team. A dysfunctional culture is like a weak and unhealthy heart. It is sluggish and is the cause of many complications and setbacks.

Fact: Leaders are the voice of your culture through the actions they take.

It is your leadership team that brings your culture to life and inspires "believers." Leaders shine the light so individuals feel energized and engaged, regardless of the challenges and setbacks ahead. Helping your people connect the work they do with the contribution – and ultimately the impact – is part of the leader's job.

The Lesson: Every organization has a culture and its effectiveness is a direct reflection of its leaders and their alignment. Culture is not "fluffy." It is your organization’s heart and soul. It has to be nurtured, valued and fanatically demonstrated. And like the body, if the heart is not healthy, the odds of high performance, true enjoyment and overall sustainability are unlikely.

Stay healthy,
Renie

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!

Check out The Little Guide to Shining here. 

 
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