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It may be quite some time before hotels start buying technology again. There will be exceptions, to be sure, but for now they will be few and far between. And as much as I have enjoyed highlighting pockets of cool innovation in this column over the past year, very few readers will be able to act on those insights in the current environment. So while I hope to be able to return to my old format sooner rather than later, I’m going to change focus in this and upcoming columns. I’ll instead talk about what hotels, technology providers, and displaced technologists can do today.

During this challenging time, remember that your people need even more emotional connection.

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!



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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!

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

 
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