Taking Your Hospitality Career to the Next Level

Deciding to take the next step in higher education is often a decision made by necessity. You work your way up the organizational chain and then find out that others have the leg up because they have a 4-year degree, when you have the experiential knowledge and have paid your dues. The thought of going back to school seems overwhelming with all the other responsibilities- work, family, volunteerism, etc.  I know where you are coming from and wanted to share information on a bachelor’s completion program that is run by one of our former DCTC Meeting and Event Planning instructors, Christine Pigsley at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The Applied Organizational Studies Program transfers in the credits you earned previously at DCTC or other colleges and then builds an individual pathway to a bachelor’s degree. You don’t have to start over, sit in class, or take a slew of courses that fail to add value to your professional development.  The core courses focus on communication and virtual teamwork, leading and following in different organizational environments, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, and change management. Then students select courses in communications, non-profit leadership, marketing, program administration and planning, etc.

The reason I find this so interesting for my community of hospitality professionals is that the courses are offered similarly to how I ran the program at DCTC, 8-week sessions, flexible course delivery, and a true appreciation for your personal and professional experience in the course work. If you want to learn more here is a video and website http://sbs.mnsu.edu/aos/.

In Case You Forgot

CheckInEasy has done a good job of reminding us all about some forgotten essentials. Forgotten, perhaps, if you haven’t experienced the Event Management Certificate at DCTC.  Either way, it’s a great article that gives me ideas for a larger list.  Hmmm. . . I feel another article coming on.

Read 10 Forreminder_finger_string_3209gotten Essentials When Planning an Event.

Then, check out your future at the Hospitality and Event Management program!  Meet me on LinkedIn to find out more.

DCTC Hospitality Reunion and Semester Kick-off School Lunchbox Potluck

Alumni, students, and champions of the DCTC hospitality programs, please join us! Want to know more about being a student? This is a great place to find out!fall semester kick off 2016 invitation

August 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Rosealee’s condo
3600 Wooddale Ave So, St Louis Park MN

RSVP via text to 952-454-1138 w name, /# of people and what you’re bringing. If you’d like to see it in your lunchbox, bring it to share. Rosealee is providing walking pizza, walking taco, and juice box, soda.

 

Visit us on FaceBook and LinkedIn to keep the conversation going!  Get complete DCTC Hospitality Program info here: Meeting and Event ManagementHospitality Lodging ManagementSpa and Resort Management

 

A Case for Managing Talent: Build Relationship Frameworks

 

Thank you, Ben Casnocha! Thank you, Millennials!

Is it implausible that I am studying the wisdom of an individual who was born in 1988? Given the similarities between my generation and the Millennial generation, it works. You see, Millennials want to change the world too.  As a Baby Boomer and somewhat of an “earth momma” I knew I was changing the world but then, out of necessity to survive, I conformed.  Like many of my Boomer peers, as I grew older, I recognized that success and happiness were synonymous for me. I came to understand that my success would be achieved if I returned to the authenticity I fought for in the earlier decades of life. One of the things I admire most about Millennials is they share the belief . . . no . . .  the requirement of authenticity.

Millennials waver far less in their values than many in my generation.  They are steadfast in their need to give back to the community, the family, and more.  They are not settling.

I’m referring to Ben Casnocha. To my point, take a moment to review Casnocha’s blog, casnocha.com, or the book he co-authored with Chris Yeh, and Reid Hoffman, The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age.

The lack of an authentic relationship between employer and employee undermines the loyalty employers desire. Millennials are not just loyal because they should be. Their commitment is  linked to their need to be a part of something that matters and mirror both values and purpose. They want to know that their professional development is taken seriously, including addressing their need to be mentored and coached.  It is not uncommon that a Millennial will similarly require they be allowed to mentor and coach others. For them, 360-degree sustainability is a mandate. That includes their career, family, community . . . and so much more.  Give them all of that, and the Millennial, who many employers believe, will never be loyal, will be by your side for a long time.

The loyalty of a Millennial must be earned. In a recent presentation at Professional Convention Management educational event, Casnocha shared,

We need to use a relationship framework where both sides can make promises to each otehr that they can actually keep.

Ben Casnocha

Professional Convention Management Association, June 2016

 

 

 

 

Artificial Intelligence Demystified

robot_working_at_desk_14615Thank you to Jonathan Koren for his Algorithm Transparency . . . or Paying Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain. I have new faith in the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as more respect for FaceBook and their transparency.

Koren points out that AI is not magic. Instead, it automates “a human’s poorly defined goals with all the assumptions and biases therein.”  I love that!  We need humans involved AND must mitigate human assumptions and biases.

Applause for Koren’s challenge to the community: “Among ourselves, we’re pretty open with what we do and how we do it. Perhaps it’s time we level with general public as well.”