Inviting Heart Into Your Life

Heart is about giving a damn.  It's about showing up and being present with ourselves and others.  Having heart is how we share and experience kindness, compassion, and connection.  Heart needs nurturing; it rarely appears out of nowhere and doesn't tend to stick around without any effort on our part. I asked some members of … Continue reading Inviting Heart Into Your Life

Giving A Damn Outside Our Four Walls 

When you're in the hospitality business, it's natural to put a lot of focus on serving your guests.  It is also worthwhile to serve the communities you're in as well.  Here's a little peek into a few ways that Vestalia Hospitality creates connection and brings heart to the people in our neighborhood. Giving A Damn … Continue reading Giving A Damn Outside Our Four Walls 

Reflection: Quotes and Questions

December presents a natural opportunity to quantify, analyze, and mark the events of the year that is coming to an end.   We’re giving into the instinct to reflect, with a little help from artists who have shared some of what they’ve learned about looking back.     What did you put a lot of energy into … Continue reading Reflection: Quotes and Questions

Author Daniel Coyle on the Power of Connection and Belonging Cues

Daniel Coyle's book The Culture Code shot up to my #1 recommended book for all people who have to work with other people (especially leaders) the minute I put down the first chapter.  It's filled with entertaining and thought-provoking stories of teams - PIXAR, Navy Seals, Upright Citizens Brigade, Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality, jewel … Continue reading Author Daniel Coyle on the Power of Connection and Belonging Cues

Fall Check-In’s at Pizzeria Lola

That time when you connect with individuals on your team and find out that connection is high on their list of must-haves at work... Fall 2018 Check-In’s At Pizzeria Lola by Nick Smith, Assistant General Manager at Pizzeria Lola, 11/8/18 Starting in early September, our leadership team here at Lola set out on a project … Continue reading Fall Check-In’s at Pizzeria Lola

The Human Need for Connection

"Connect With People Frequently" is the first of Vestalia's five Leadership Essentials.  Taking the time to sustain a relationship with your team members where you both feel acknowledged, supported, encouraged, and celebrated as individuals doesn't just satisfy organizational goals, it fulfills basic and intense human needs built into our very DNA. In the following article, … Continue reading The Human Need for Connection

What “Yes, and…” Can Do For Collaborations

"Yes, and..." By nature all collaborations are creative - they describe the act of people coming together to produce something that doesn't already exist.  A collaboration will result in greater success if everyone participating in it feels comfortable contributing their ideas (however wild or off the established path) and there is willingness from everyone to … Continue reading What “Yes, and…” Can Do For Collaborations