Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Welcome to a new season....

Today is the March equinox: one of two days out of the year when the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of night and day are nearly equal.  The March equinox, also known as the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, marks the start of spring (in the Southern Hemisphere, it is the fall equinox, which marks the start of their fall).  The sun and the moon are two of the many mysteries of life: things we learn about in school but don’t fully understand; they’re one of many life lessons that teach us how things work in the universe. And as with all things we learn – in school or work – we need to l grow by the knowledge we gain.  They are the plusses and minuses that prepare us for all that we create and become.

Patrick White (1912 – 1990): Australian writer who is widely regarded as one of the most important English-language novelists of the 20th century

Monday, March 19, 2018

Believe in your imagination.....

I couldn’t name what I wanted, but I knew what was needed. I knew that delegating simple HR transactions to employees and managers would greatly improve efficiency and effectiveness but couldn’t find a solution to my problem. I described to our HRIS provider a vision of online forms that were facsimiles of our standard forms and that when data was entered directly online into that form by users it would map to an appropriate file in the database: they told me nobody had created something like that yet. We continued to explore and discuss my idea and in 1996 it became the basis for employee and manager self-service: what had once only been imagined was then proved. I’m usually not the smartest guy in any group but was confident that good ideas could spur creative innovations if the right people focused on them.  More often than not the things we want and need are more ideas than real: the key to success if sticking with them until they get done. The moral of this story: believe in your imagination today. 

William Blake (1757 –1827): English poet, painter, and printmaker

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Something for Saturday....

                                                      Happy St. Patrick's Day - 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

You gotta believe....

I’ve talked to and recruited lots of hospitality students: I’m always surprised that many don’t believe their true potential. They spend 4 years at a school that specializes in hospitality management, take courses in every major hospitality discipline, engage in work-study and internship programs, find summer jobs that expose them to different parts of the industry, and learn about all the latest trends and practices: even so, they often don’t understand how they’ve benefitted from all that.  Companies that recruit will probably have a better understanding of what students know and offer than they themselves do: recruits may want a line level position but recruiters are looking to quickly promote them into supervisory roles. Don’t let them put limitations on themselves – mentor them to work hard, keep their eyes and ears open, keep up with industry trends, volunteer for any opportunity to do more (and learn more), and believe in the value of what they’ve learned and experienced. And if you’re lucky enough to supervise a newly recruited hospitality student, help them overcome their self-doubts: let them know how much they can achieve today.

James Francis Cameron (b. 1954): Canadian filmmaker, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer