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Ms. Seay

Lisa Seay

Founder, Element C

Lisa Seay is on a mission to help individuals find their professional purpose (and power!) and help companies develop cost-effective, efficient and sustainable talent management strategies. As founder of the coaching/consulting firm element c, Ms. Seay leverages her HR background to provide individual and team coaching, leadership development and team building services.

By working in myriad environments during her 25-year corporate career—including startups, mergers and acquisitions, franchised organizations and large entities with multi-state locations—she knows firsthand how challenging organizational situations impact workforce performance, employee engagement and personal career growth. Prior to launching element c in 2015, Ms. Seay held talent management and HR director roles in a variety of organizations, including A.T. Kearney, YUM! Brands and Baylor Health Care System. During Ms. Seay’s tenure at Yum! Brands/Pizza Hut, Inc., she managed a $500K employee marketing initiative that attracted 250,000+ job seekers to the company’s new online application system in three months.

Most recently, she served as a National Director of Human Resources at Conifer Health Solutions in Frisco, Texas, where she led a team that supported 3,000+ employees. In the book Humans@Work, Ms. Seay joined with other HR professionals to address some of the top challenges employers face in today’s marketplace. In her chapter, Elements of the Lost and Found Spirit, Ms. Seay explores how to identify when one has lost their uniqueness when it comes to their work and what leaders can do to support those individuals in being their best at work. A proponent of life-long learning,

Ms. Seay holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a Certified Lumina Learning Practitioner. Ms. Seay lives outside Dallas with her husband, Brian, who works in the financial services industry, and their young daughters. She is the New Family Liaison at her children’s school and also serves on the personnel committee at her church.

Please visit http://www.theelementc.com for more information.

Ms. Seay can be contacted at 214-394-7308 or lisa@theelementc.com

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.