Humility, Curiosity, and Getting On the Same Page

In my role as a leader, a partner, a mom, and a person on this earth, I am constantly in danger of believing that: I know more about a problem presented to me and how to solve it than anyone else in it. I know more about what is needed for a project or initiative … Continue reading Humility, Curiosity, and Getting On the Same Page

3 Ways to Get On the Same Page

“Get on the Same Page” is Vestalia Hospitality's second leadership essential, and we want to get on the same page with you about why it's so important.  Here's what it says:   Why this? Increasing your mastery of this skill increases your ability to harness the power of mutual understanding which: busts up judgements, assumptions, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Get On the Same Page

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

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

Connect With People Frequently

In 2015, Vestalia Hospitality (we weren't called that then) officially adopted a leadership style and model that we continue to live into everyday.  The style is shared, facilitative leadership.* The model highlights seven concepts that weave together brilliantly to make shared, facilitative leadership possible: Power, Communication, Environment, Collaboration, Accountability, Mindsight, and Personal Mastery.  There are … Continue reading Connect With People Frequently

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

Collaborating to Shape Team Culture

I'm always curious about how teams create their own culture and how they can affect change to it from within.  While drumming up ideas surrounding collaboration for this month's article series, I couldn't help but recall one particular exercise from last year that illuminated a fun way to get teams to take a look at … Continue reading Collaborating to Shape Team Culture