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

2 Quick Quotes About Collaboration

Keeping it simple this week.   2 Quick Quotes About Collaboration: One more Cloud quote on collaboration (from his 2012 TED Talk at U of M): "DIY is so 20th century, I think that the future is Do-It-Together." Want to know who Chris Cloud is?  Check out his website. Want to learn more about Creative … Continue reading 2 Quick Quotes About Collaboration

Why Collaboration?

Collaboration is a big deal around Vestalia, we're going to give it some attention this month. I want to kick things off by recognizing that within our organization there has been some confusion about when to be in collaboration, and even some pushback against being in it.  Ever find yourself wondering if collaboration is the … Continue reading Why Collaboration?

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?

How My Inner Fixer Thwarts Empowerment (and what I’m doing about it)

Tomorrow, on our official "Wednesday Leadership Article" day, I'll be sending out a piece that has a more nuts and bolts, immediately applicable approach to understanding how to empower someone or get empowered.  Please stay tuned for that! Today, I'm adding to the collection of stories we've been sharing that highlight different perspectives on empowerment from … Continue reading How My Inner Fixer Thwarts Empowerment (and what I’m doing about it)

Crafting Invitations to Gain Commitment

Welcome back to another peek into the wide world of conversation!  Recently we've examined dialogues and feedback, today we're checking out invitations. You're in conversations involving invitations all of the time.  Knowing how to craft a great one is a fantastic skill to have and can have a huge impact on how your invitation is … Continue reading Crafting Invitations to Gain Commitment