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Mr. Lee

David Lee

Founder, humanNature@Work

David Lee, the founder of HumanNature@Work (www.HumanNatureAtWork.com), helps employers in service industries improve employee engagement, customer service, and morale, though his work as a consultant, trainer, and executive coach. He has worked with organizations and presented at conferences both domestically and abroad for over 20 years. An internationally recognized thought leader in the field of employee engagement and performance, Mr. Lee is the author of over 60 articles and book chapters on employer branding, onboarding, and other topics related to employee performance that have been published in trade journals and books in the US, Europe, India, Australia, and China. His articles (downloadable at HumanNatureAtWork.com ) have included: • “How to Recession Proof Your Workforce” • “What Reputation Are Your Employees Creating?” • “What Leaders Can Learn From Sales Superstars” • “Becoming a 'People Whisperer': How to Communicate So People Care About—and Act On—What You Say” • “The Movie Scene Every Manager Should See…But Might Be Afraid to Watch” The just published second edition of the business classic, The Talent Management Handbook, features a chapter of his on the topic of new employee orientation and onboarding. In addition to his research and work with both struggling and high performance organizations, Mr. Lee's work draws from a wide range of scientific disciplines including cognitive neuroscience, anthropology, psychoneuroimmunology, trauma and resilience research, and paleopsychology. Taking this research which typically doesn't find its way into the business world, Mr. Lee translates these principles of human nature into leadership and managerial practices that optimize employee performance. Using the popular TV show The Dog Whisperer as an analogy for the difference understanding human nature makes, Mr. Lee's work helps leaders and managers become “Employee Whisperers.” Mr. Lee's work in the area of optimizing the performance of Gen Y employees draws from industry research as well as his own interviews with top performing managers of Gen Y employees and Gen Y employees themselves. Mr. Lee doesn't just offer practical advice on how to bring out the best in this more challenging generation of workers. He also offers a unique perspective on how this generation of employees provides employers with a powerful opportunity to upgrade their management practices, and by doing so, thrive in today's more demanding economy. For more of David Lee's articles, go to HumanNatureAtWork.com/

Mr. Lee can be contacted at 207-571-9898 or david@humannatureatwork.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.