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Mr. Catlette

Bill Catlette

Co-Founder, Contented Cow Partners, LLC

Bill Catlette is an author, leadership trainer, speaker, and human resources consultant with 35 years' experience helping build highly successful organizations. He is co-author of Contented Cows Give Better Milk: The Plain Truth About Employee Relations and Your Bottom Line; Contented Cows MOOve Faster: How Good Leaders Get People to Put More OOMPH! into their Work; and the new book, Rebooting Leadership: Practical Lessons for Frontline Leaders (and their Bosses) in the New World. Mr. Catlette earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida, and immediately embarked on a career that has included a variety of Human Resource management and executive roles in some well known and highly regarded service distribution firms. His corporate ports of call have included Genuine Parts Company, the Atlanta-based distribution arm of NAPA; Automatic Data Processing, where he served as the company's Corporate Manager of Employee Relations; and FedEx, beginning in the company's early years. While there, as a Managing Director, he and his staff were responsible for developing many of the Human Resource programs which enabled that company to become recognized as one of the nation's 5 Best Managed Companies (Forbes Magazine), one of the 100 Best Companies in America to Work For, and, without question, one of the true "world class" service organizations. Upon leaving FedEx in 1989, Mr. Catlette founded The Westar Group, a human resource consulting firm which concentrates primarily on the areas of Employee Relations, Teamwork, Leadership Development, and Business Strategy. In 1996, Mr. Catlette and Richard Hadden formed Contented Cow Partners, LLC. Since then, the firm has served more than 300 organizations in numerous industries, by delivering customized keynote addresses, corporate leadership training, and employee engagement surveys. Mr. Catlette has written articles for, or his work has been featured in, many publications, including numerous professional association journals, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Entrepreneur, Inc., and Workforce Management. He is a frequent contributor to Workforce Online. His firm's website is ContentedCows.com.

Mr. Catlette can be contacted at Bill@ContentedCows.com

Coming up in April 2019...

Guest Service: A Culture of YES

In a recent global consumers report, 97% of the participants said that customer service is a major factor in their loyalty to a brand, and 76% said they view customer service as the true test of how much a company values them. And since there is no industry more reliant on customer satisfaction than the hotel industry, managers must be unrelenting in their determination to hire, train and empower the very best people, and to create a culture of exceptional customer service within their organization. Of course, this begins with hiring the right people. There are people who are naturally service-oriented; people who are warm, empathetic, enthusiastic, pleasant, thoughtful and optimistic; people who take pride in their ability to solve problems for the hotel guests they are serving. Then, those same employees must be empowered to solve problems using their own judgment, without having to track down a manager to do it. This is how seamless problem solving and conflict resolution are achieved in guest service. This willingness to empower employees is part of creating a Culture of Yes within an organization.  The goal is to create an environment in which everyone is striving to say “Yes”, rather than figuring out ways to say, “No”. It is essential that this attitude be instilled in all frontline, customer-facing, employees. Finally, in order to ensure that the hotel can generate a consistent level of performance across a wide variety of situations, management must also put in place well-defined systems and standards, and then educate their employees about them. Every employee must be aware of and responsible for every standard that applies in their department. 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.