The Biggest Mistakes Hotel Managers Make

If you’re looking for a career where no two days are alike, managing a hotel ought to be right up on your list. The number of details involved in our profession is mind-boggling; virtually every decision we make is an opportunity to strengthen the operation as a whole – or to weaken it. In order to be a successful hotelier, you have to be able to change directions quickly and solve problems on the fly.

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Why chaos is good in hotels (and what we learn from it)

In 1961, a meteorologist named Edward Lorenz was re-doing weather forecasts using standard mathematical formulas of the day. To save time, he rounded longer decimals to the nearest one thousandth — then went for a coffee and let the computer crunch the numbers. When he returned, a completely different set of weather predictions had been generated than what he had expected. This turned out to be a pioneering moment in chaos theory. It led to the notion of the “butterfly effect,” wherein tiny changes create vastly different outcomes.

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Want to be successful in hotels? Set fewer goals (yes, really)

Very few hoteliers — at least those of us in it for the long haul — will tell you the road is easy. The day-to-day is a never-ending stream of challenges, while the longer career path demands persistence. There is a certain mental toughness that comes with the territory. We need to think creatively, foster a winning team, and fuse immediate actions with broader goals. It takes time and training to develop these skills. It also requires a certain measure of talent.

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