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Ms. Novotny, CHSE

Cindy Novotny, CHSE

Managing Partner, Master Connection Associates

Managing Partner of Master Connection Associates (MCA) Cindy Novotny is recognized by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) as one of nine most powerful and innovative speakers. Ms. Novotny has been branded the “Radical Mentor” by thousands of executives around the world for her straight forward, no nonsense approach to leadership. Ms. Novotny has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Training Magazine, Successful Meetings, and broadcast live on the BBC. Ms. Novotny spans the globe speaking to vast audiences that range from line employees to top executives. She has shared the stage with global leaders such as former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) recognized Ms. Novotny as one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing. The Award is given for the most innovation, vision and achievement in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry. Ms. Novotny founded Master Connection Associates and it is now one of the premiere international consulting and training organizations specializing in service delivery, sales and leadership performance. MCA's work contributed to client success including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company earning an unprecedented two Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, Alston & Bird, LLP Law Firm reaching number two on Fortune Magazine's '100 Best Companies to Work For' List and Barclays Bank (UK) becoming the # 1 service provider in their competitive set while winning more than 17 national and international service excellence awards…and counting. Energy, passion, and drive guarantee Ms. Novotny's message will captivate each person in her audience. Her targeted message and popularity has no boundaries as she addresses groups around the world. Her charismatic, humorous, no nonsense approach, combined with in-depth knowledge, bring an audience alive with reality-based skills and cutting edge training technology. Speaking topics include sales, customer service, leadership, conflict resolution, innovation, building dynamic teams and quality processes relative to service.

Ms. Novotny, CHSE can be contacted at 949-589-6137 or cindynovotny@masterconnection.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.