News for the Hospitality Executive
Learning from The Greatest Business Leaders of the Twentieth Century
by Dr. John Hogan,
November 22, 2010 “Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won't have time to make them all yourself.” Alfred Sheinwold
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend a GET MOTIVATED program held in our city. The organization, celebrating their 25th anniversary, featured a number of well-known people, including Zig Ziglar, Steve Forbes, Laura Bush, Kurt Warner and others.
The stated goal of these programs is to provide ideas and perhaps some inspiration for attendees to increase their productivity, their income and their overall levels of satisfaction.
While I enjoyed a number of the messages, one that particularly influenced me was the one by former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. His talk was not what he felt were his accomplishments in life, but what he felt he had learned. He did not talk about his potential political plans or projections on upcoming elections, but instead shared a number of things he felt were essential to effective leadership.
Blending the reader feedback with my recollection of Giuliani’s comments created the focus of this short article. I personally do read a great deal and wanted to share with readers an easy to follow theme with a book with a title that is right on the money.
In Their Time: The Greatest Business Leaders of the Twentieth Century
By Anthony J. Mayo, Nitin Nohria
I expected that a book on business leadership published by the Harvard Business School would be solid reading and I was anticipating the traditional 10 Best with honorable mentions. I was very pleased to find MUCH more - 10 chapters reflecting the 10 decades with excellent insights to the world at large and how people thought at the time and looking ahead.
This book describes 100 people in many different roles, industries and with varying perspectives. I have found that there is always so much more to reflect on and this book provides some excellent ideas that can be considered and modeled. While most of the people and ideas are not directly in hospitality, they are mostly about meeting needs and satisfying people, which is the foundation of delivering hospitality well
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John Hogan is a successful hospitality executive, educator, author and consultant and is a frequent keynote speaker and seminar leader at many hospitality industry events. He is Co-Founder of a consortium (www.HospitalityEducators.com) of successful corporate and academic mentors delivering focused and affordable counsel in solving specific challenges facing the hospitality industry. www.HospitalityEducators.com is a membership site offering a wide range of information, forms, best practices and ideas that are designed to help individual hoteliers and hospitality businesses improve their market penetration, deliver service excellence and increase their profitability. Special introductory pricing is in effect for a limited time that also includes a complimentary copy of LESSONS FROM THE FIELD- A COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO EFFECTIVE HOTEL SALES. If readers would like to contribute to the site, please submit your material for consideration to [email protected]. We are interested in expanding our global networks and resources as we support our membership.
Dr. John Hogan, CHA MHS CHE
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