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

Vestalia’s Empowerment 101 – How the Heck Does it Happen?

All this talk over the past month about empowerment - what we believe it does for our organization and the people in it, how we embrace it or push it away - and not a peep about how it might be done.  There are probably hundreds of ways to go about empowerment, we pulled one … Continue reading Vestalia’s Empowerment 101 – How the Heck Does it Happen?

Setting the Stage for Sharing Feedback That Feels Hard To Give

It's still March, and we're still exploring different types of conversations that pop up a lot in our day-to-day at Vestalia (and, let's face it, in all parts of our lives).  Turning the spotlight on feedback this week. Initiating conversations where you need to share feedback with a person to get them back on track … Continue reading Setting the Stage for Sharing Feedback That Feels Hard To Give

Vestalia Leadership Essentials

In January 2019, the Vestalia Hospitality team got together with the leadership teams at each restaurant to brainstorm goals for the future and to talk about our shared purpose and values.  We also got to understanding about the relationship between Vestalia and the restaurants including what our roles are, how we can utilize and support … Continue reading Vestalia Leadership Essentials

Understanding Team Response to Change

Change is our theme for the month, I thought I'd kick it off with something you can bring straight into the many walls of your restaurant: understanding some mechanics of a team's response to change.  "Some" is an important word here, there are countless factors that go into how individuals and teams develop their acceptance … Continue reading Understanding Team Response to Change

Showing Up: A Language for Accountability

"Showing Up" has been top of mind for the last month; it's a great concept to muse on during a time when we're constantly asked to take stock of where we're at, where we're going, where we are spending time, energy, and attention.  While "showing up" sits nicely under that umbrella, it also is a … Continue reading Showing Up: A Language for Accountability

How To Get To Your Truth Without Blame or Judgment

We're about to enter a season filled with joy...and frustration. As you bump up against friends, family, and colleagues that are showing up in a way that leaves you sad, stressed, or angry, don't avoid them or pour fuel on the fire - consider getting it out in the open in a way that fosters … Continue reading How To Get To Your Truth Without Blame or Judgment

High Performing Teams Part 2 – Team Dynamics

Last week I sent out an article that proposed a picture of what a High Performance Team (HPT) looks like, in it the essential elements they focused on were having:  Clear purpose Strong behavioral frameworks Genuine relationships and communication This week's article drills down into that by looking at how that all plays out in … Continue reading High Performing Teams Part 2 – Team Dynamics