Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Van Slyke

Erik Van Slyke

Managing Director, Solleva

Erik Van Slyke is a change leader, executive coach, author, blogger and educator who advises some of the world's leading organizations how to create and navigate change, improve organizational collaboration and develop human capital. As managing director of Solleva, he helps organizations plan for, implement and manage change by coaching change leaders and strengthening project team capability.  His innovative approach to leading project-based change was named a Best Idea in HR by Human Resource Executive. With more than two decades in consulting and HR leadership roles, Mr. Van Slyke's clients include both domestic and global organizations across a broad range of industries.

Prior to Solleva he led the Northeast Human Capital Management practice at Buck Consultants and held senior consulting roles with Deloitte and SHL. In addition, Mr. Van Slyke served as the executive vice president of human resources for Reuters Americas. Mr. Van Slyke's blog is read in more than 80 countries around the world, and his articles and quotes on change, operational strategy and conflict resolution have appeared in publications that include The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Business Horizons, CIO, and HR Executive. His book, Listening to Conflict (AMACOM Books), was named by Soundview's Executive Summaries as a Top 30 Business Book of 1999, published in multiple languages and reissued in paperback on its tenth anniversary.

As an educator, Mr. Van Slyke has held adjunct faculty roles with Auburn University and Centenary College (NJ) where he has taught courses in business strategy, management and entrepreneurship. His research explores organizational change, leadership practice and development, and transformational learning.

Mr. Van Slyke received his MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his BA in psychology from Hobart College.

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

Mr. Van Slyke can be contacted at 646-623-4823 or erik.vanslyke@solleva.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.