Turning the page on another calendar year is always fun and reflective. As we look to 2019, there are some interesting trends and new technologies that should continue to impact the lodging industry. Following is a look into two specific groups, employee and customer experiences, and how we should continue to embrace technology so it can positively affect the bottom line.
Quick quiz, what do these leaders have in common — "Jack Welch of GE, Steve Jobs of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Steve Wynn of Wynn Casino Resorts, Elon Musk of Telsa, Richard Branson of Virgin, and Donald Trump of well… Trump"? They are all past and present individuals that arguably have developed their company brands around "cults of personality.
Over the holidays, I sat down with Andre Zotoff, Vice President & General Manager of the iconic Hotel Del Coronado resort in southern California. The conversation turned to talent – how to cultivate and retain it – and Andre had an amazing story that deserves to be shared.
The start of this college and professional football season reminded me of a semi-cult football classic, "The Program." In this coming-of-age movie the head coach pushes a college football team to do whatever it takes to win.