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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 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.