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 November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.