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Talent – The Human Factor.
AETHOS frequently advises clients on the considerable nuances involved in finding and developing talent and recently, much has been published about today’s sourcing and hiring processes, which seem to have become dramatically 'technol...
Heart and Soul in Leadership & Brand Building
Who hasn’t heard of the 'absent-minded professor'? These individuals illustrate the reality that intelligence in principle doesn’t always equate to intelligence in practice
Empowerment is Bending the Rules.
Empowerment means every employee has to make fast decisions in favor of the customer
The 5 Reasons New Hires Fail in the First 18 Months.
Fact: 46% of new employees will fail within their first 18 months on the job, this startling figure (revealed by a study by Leadership IQ) is enough to put you off that exciting career move, or even step foot on the career ladder in the fir...
An Organizational Wake-Up Call.
Thank goodness leaders and managers are becoming increasingly aware of the critical importance of paying attention not only to organizational performance (operational efficiencies, financial performance, etc) but also organizational health ...
Applying Big Data to Human Resources.
In the film Money Ball, based on real life, the use of statistics was responsible for turning around the long losing streak of the major league Oakland Athletics Baseball Team; once the correct algorithm was applied to their recruiting...
Merger & Acquisitions' Impact On The Hotel Talent Market.
What challenges will we face as the sector consolidates?  'I expect there are a lot of people out on the market at present?' I have been presented with this supposition on a large number of occasions this year, mostly by small to mediu...
The New Norm in Global HR Competencies.
PAST:  The competency profile of professionals in Human Resources (HR) roles has always been a moving target, consider the various names the function has taken over the decades - staffing, personnel, human resources, and more recently,...
Finding Your Hotel Staff Ambassadors.
Human beings are an emotional bunch: Emotions lead to a great customer experience, it’s the emotional experience that shows how well your hotel succeeds in providing great customer service
Zika Is Here: 7 Tips For Keeping Your Employees Safe.
Now that the first cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have hit the continental United States, it is time for employers to sit up and take notice; Until recently, Americans could generally acquire the virus only if they visited certain ...
How Good is Your Talent Acquisition Strategy?
Global hoteliers pursue revenue ever more aggressively and try to develop service excellence more efficiently, with fewer people to do it with and to compete, many turn to in-house leadership development with often excellent results
Meet the Newest Member of the C-Suite, The CSO.
A few years ago, when hospitality (ever so) slowly discovered technology, we created the position of 'Computer Guy' or MIS administrator, he was the underpaid nerd, who was pale as a ghost for working nights only, was paid a pittance and wa...
10 Change-Management Strategies That Are Backed By Science.
I've been studying change leadership for over 25 years, but only recently have researchers been able to use technology like functional magnetic resonance imagery (fMRI) to look at the brain and see what actually happens when we're faci...
Is Your Organization Losing Half its Revenue Due to Poor Change Management?
I’m sure you’ve had the experience of sitting and listening to a new vision or strategy from the CEO, sometimes these are a hit, and you can’t wait to jump on the bus, but in some cases you can tell the impact of these cha...
Delivering Effective & Relevant Training to the Modern Learner.
Recently I had the pleasure of facilitating the OI Global Partners meeting in Toronto, ON
Leadership Development is a Global Challenge.
Leadership development continues to be an important strategy, supporting organizational growth in all types of economies, this is driven not only by growth of the company with resulting promotions and increasing leadership complexity, but a...
'Specific Curiosity – The Trick for Building Innovation Bench-Strength for Organizations.
A New Reality for Businesses:  There has been much discussion lately about disruptors – present and future – to the hospitality industry and what this means for leaders and strategic planning; So what measures should an org...
Instantly Improve Team Communications by Overturning 9 Dangerous Myths.
We've all indulged in magical thinking, why else would so many people rush to buy tickets when the Powerball jackpot swells to $400M, even though their chances of winning are dramatically slimmer?  How many people believe that if they ...
Note to the C-Suite: Do You Encourage or Discourage?
I was originally going to title this article: Leaders: Do You Encourage or Discourage? Sadly, I instantly realized the title was wrong and will share my reason for that later, so read on
The Changing Relationship of Supervisors and Employees
How managing this relationship evolves over time and fairness is the beginning of a solid relationship between supervisors and employees, but other factors soon become more important
Finding the Right Personality Fit for Your Team.
Putting together a team that not only has the required skills but also a mix of personalities that complement one another is essential for success
The Power of Benefits.
In the War for Talent, employee benefits have great power and a recent report from the insurance company Aflac, details just how powerful a role benefits play in attracting and retaining good people
Using Branding to Communicate Internal Change.
Building awareness and getting the sort of engagement in a change programme that results in high levels of individual adoption of the change can be challenging and most organisations have a myriad of messages being communicated through a va...
Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Understanding the Merits of Candidate Background Checks.
This era of big data, global connectedness, and instant access to a wealth of social media information makes it tempting for organizations sourcing or vetting executive talent to assume that it is easy to 'see what you are getting' with pot...
There’s Nothing More Expensive than Cheap Managers.
How to optimize your hotel workforce, a well-trained staff will mean a well-run hotel:  Labor is the principal operational expense in the hotel business, according to a survey of our GMs, this doesn’t come as a surprise, as ...
Dealing with a Toxic Culture: Potential Chokeholds on Innovation.
In our new book due out soon, The Innovation Race, we touch on an intriguing story about the development of today’s mobile phone software, the concept of the humble ‘app’, now a staple to millions of smartphones, was ...
Big Changes In Employee Training.
For those of you who have employee training contracts with larger companies, you probably got the memo: things have changed; A recent report by Deloitte on human capital trends explains some of those changes
Divisive Devices: Navigating Workplace Pitfalls Caused By Connectivity And Mobile Apps.
With the proliferation of computer and mobile applications designed to streamline workplace communication and connect employees to one another in virtual settings, the problem has only become more pronounced
5 Ways to Get Outplacement Wrong
No one looks forward to the day you get the call stating you are 'being let go' or the 'company is downsizing', outplacement is meant to be a cushion many former employees rely on to ease their transition to a new job
3 Ways to Manage a Downsizing with Respect and Dignity.
Managing a downsizing so that all employees are treated with dignity and respect is essential to an organization’s reputation and brand; Downsizings affect employees who have been terminated, those remaining and an organization’...
7 Reasons to Offer Outplacement for Poor Performance
Poor performance in an employee may arise for a number of different reasons, but when an employee’s performance is obviously unacceptable and everyone knows it, it can be easier to take action, especially if the person has had every o...
The World in 2020 and Beyond.
The year 2020, which once seemed so distant, is approaching rapidly -  The future promises to look very different, particularly in the way the global workforce is sourced, organised and managed; an explosion of...
7 Reasons to Offer Outplacement for Poor Performance.
Poor performance in an employee may arise for a number of different reasons, but when an employee’s performance is obviously unacceptable and everyone knows it, it can be easier to take action, especially if the person has had every o...
Who Owns Your Company's Social Media Account – You, Or One Of Your Employees?
Employers have been asking an important question with more frequency in recent times: who owns the company’s social media account – the employer or the employee running the account?  Business social media accounts often con...
The Hospitality Industry’s Intense Eye on Human Capital: A Hot Topic in Strategic Circles.
At the recent Global Restaurant Investment Forum in Dubai, Marc Blazer, Chairman & CEO of Overture Investments and co-owner of Noma, was heard saying, 'I am not in the investment management business, I am in the talent management busine...
Integrating the Millennial Generation.
Much has been written about the differences of expectations and thought processes of the millennial generation and how they approach employers and employment in general and with all of this as a foundation, what remains is that this generat...
5 Ways to Improve Workplace Communication.
For years, I have reviewed employee engagement survey scores and inevitably the results show an interest in improved communications; Do we ever become experts at communication? What would that look like if we did?  What percent of your...
Tech Executive Jennifer Jobin on Women & Success in the Digital Age.
Leadership Sound Bytes: How many people do you know who would tell legendary tech mogul Bill Gates, 'Thanks for the many opportunities at Microsoft, but now I see my career going in a different direction'? It sounds crazy, but essentially t...
Ownership of Social Media Accounts.
It is becoming increasingly common for issues to arise relating to employer versus employee ownership of a social media account and the names, addresses, etc that go along with that account
Executive Insights on Leader Integrity: The Credibility Challenge
Both anecdotal and empirical evidence points to the clear connection between leaders’ integrity and organizational success, however, numerous studies that address integrity demonstrate the confusion surrounding the many facets of that...
Can Your Employees Take A Selfie At Work?
Many employers maintain policies prohibiting employees from using cell phones and other recording devices at work and the reasons for such policies range from maintaining productivity, to protecting customer and employee privacy, to elimina...
Facing and Correcting the HR Domino Effect.
Alignment has been a commonly spoken 'business mantra' for years, although Human Resources professionals would agree that misalignment is a common issue that is neither comprehensively discussed nor addressed in today’s...
Keys to Success: Employee Satisfaction.
2016 is going to be an amazing year for the hotel industry as we previously forecasted, we have also covered the Top 10 Trends of the year to help us stay ahead of the game, but one of the additional keys to success in the coming ...
Are 'Bring Your Gun To Work' Policies A Good Idea?
As the national debate roils about how to handle the problem of gun violence in modern American society, employers are asking whether it makes sense to allow employees to carry firearms at work
6 Steps To Strong Company-Wide Communication
Maintaining good communication with co-workers is something that each individual employee must be consistently working on, with the support of informed and involved leaders, of course, but creating an environment of effective communication ...
Vision and Values are Essential to Building an Effective Team.
I’ve managed a number of teams over the years, some I built from scratch; some I inherited and then changed over time and while each team had its unique characteristics, they had two main similarities, which influenced – I would...
Shift Happens! Leading Compassionately Through Change.
The company wants to move from x to z: How do the leaders make it happen? Well, through Change Management, of course, but what does that mean really?  A definition that I like to work from is 'the application of a set of tools, process...
Millennial Me and Money.
It appears the Millennial generation has learnt from the experiences of those that preceded them when it comes to their finances and Millennials who enjoy a positive parental influence around money have twice the savings and half the d...
How Does Culture Impact Productivity at Your Workplace?
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The Coachability Quotient (CQ): A New HR & Leadership Tool.
They are critical business questions every leader faces sooner or later – 'Can this employee be saved?' or 'Would coaching be a wise investment for this person?' and not surprisingly, we are asked if there is a reliable means to ident...
Employers Left Waiting For New Exemption Regs: Explaining The What, Why And When.
In July 2015, the US Department of Labor (USDOL) published proposed regulations that could alter whether you may or should treat employees as being exempt from the minimum-wage and overtime requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards A...
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One of our clients, which owns and operates prestigious luxury resorts, recently defied 'gravity'; the company was seeking a top human resources executive and considered a number of well-qualified, ‘obvious’ candidates

A Flexible Global Workforce.
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Communication - Key to Avoiding the HR Domino Effect.
Friday, 16th December 2016
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10 Change-Management Strategies That Are Backed By Science
Tuesday, 16th August 2016
I've been studying change leadership for over 25 years, but only recently have researchers been able to use technology like functional magnetic resonance imagery (fMRI) to look at the brain and see what actually happens when we're facing a major organizational change

Applying Big Data to Human Resources
Tuesday, 11th October 2016
In the film Money Ball, based on real life, the use of statistics was responsible for turning around the long losing streak of the major league Oakland Athletics Baseball Team; once the correct algorithm was applied to their recruiting process and they chose 'the right' players, they began to turnaround their losing record

How Good is Your Talent Acquisition Strategy?
Thursday, 1st September 2016
Global hoteliers pursue revenue ever more aggressively and try to develop service excellence more efficiently, with fewer people to do it with and to compete, many turn to in-house leadership development with often excellent results

Merger & Acquisitions' Impact On The Hotel Talent Market
Thursday, 29th September 2016
What challenges will we face as the sector consolidates?  'I expect there are a lot of people out on the market at present?' I have been presented with this supposition on a large number of occasions this year, mostly by small to medium sized hotel groups who are hopeful that the consolidation currently underway in the sector equates to an abundance of laid off talent that they can snap up

The New Norm in Global HR Competencies
Saturday, 24th September 2016
PAST:  The competency profile of professionals in Human Resources (HR) roles has always been a moving target, consider the various names the function has taken over the decades - staffing, personnel, human resources, and more recently, more creative monikers like 'people and culture' to 'human capital managers' and 'talent resources'

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