Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Asch

Sandy Asch

Principal, Alliance for Organizational Excellence LLC

Sandy Asch is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant and best selling author of ROAR: How to Build a Resilient Organization the World-Famous San Diego Zoo Way and Excellence at Work: The Six Keys to Inspire Passion in the Workplace. Ms. Asch partners with companies globally to create great places to work that improve bottom line results and generate exponential value for stakeholders. More than 30,000 leaders in 350+ companies in 50 countries and 6 languages have implemented her strategies with sustainable results. In partnership with Ms. Asch and Alliance for Organizational Excellence LLC: A defense contractor won the grand prize for workplace excellence by demonstrating an 18% increase in revenue, 78% improvement in profitability, 60% reduction in turnover and 14% improvement in quality in only 24 months. A global oil and gas company successfully navigated a merger and acquisition by establishing a consistent culture and expectations. In 2014, the Latin America division recorded its highest growth in history despite plummeting oil prices. The world famous San Diego Zoo won multiple workplace excellence awards including Healthiest Company of the Year, demonstrating a 10% increase in employee engagement and customer satisfaction and 23% increase in revenue. Clients include global brands such as Pepsi, Ecolab, San Diego Zoo, Harrah’s, LPL Financial, Universal Studios, Qualcomm, General Atomics, Morley Builders, Del Monte Foods, La Costa Resort, E&J Gallo Wineries and others. Ms. Asch’s presentations are uniquely high-content and high-participation, engaging CEO, HR and leadership audiences around the world in practical discussions, interactive applications and creative exploration to ensure immediate and meaningful application. She holds a masters degree in Organizational Management and has taught graduate classes in Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources.

Ms. Asch can be contacted at 832-491-1738 or sandy@Uexcel.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.