When two or more people get together to do anything, they're all bringing with them to the interaction a lifetime of stories, emotions, fears, needs, hopes, and expectations that drive their action and behavior. Often times things go great, the special mix they create together leads to fun, creativity, and connection. Often times things don't … Continue reading Exploring the Intersection of Getting On the Same Page and Conflict Resolution
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
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
"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
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
Hopptornet (Ten Meter Tower) is a short film by Swedish documentary filmmakers Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson. It's a powerful, riveting 16 minutes that explores a broad range of human behavior and emotion with cameras focused on a single act: jump off the diving board or don't. Check out this link to the original New York Times opinion piece … Continue reading Ten Meter Tower
"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
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?
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?
Hello there! I've got another point of view on empowerment for you to dig into! If you’re in a situation where someone is empowering you to do something, a relationship is automatically created. They are transferring decision-making and ownership to you and you are receiving it. Sometimes that goes well, and sometimes it doesn’t - … Continue reading Empowerment – A Story of Challenge