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Dr. Mitchell

Brian Mitchell

Principal, Mitchell Performance Systems

After completing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Sydney, Brian Mitchell spent several years in clinical practice. Moving into retail consulting with the Mandev International group he became President of the North American, Asian, and Australian operations, and a sought after international speaker on the subject of retail sales productivity. He also pioneered performance management systems within a major football code. In the mid-1990's Dr Mitchell established Mitchell Performance Systems (MPS), consulting to the consumer packaged goods industry. The company worked with industry leaders in the US and other regions, on techniques to improve sales and negotiation performance within field force and account management teams. This experience has also been applied to improving revenue and profits in restaurant Food & Beverage. He has completed three books on wine, in collaboration with Evan Mitchell - including the 2009 US Praeger hardcover The Psychology of Wine, now released in a revised eBook edition for Apple and Kindle ([www.psychologyofwine.com][1]). A joint paper to the 7th International WineHealth conference on the generational dangers facing the wine industry, led to the establishment of Love & Wine, a digital creative agency for wine producers. MPS is now actively involved in research and development of consumer marketing strategies for the Millennial generation, based on psychological principles. [1]: http://www.psychologyofwine.com/

Dr. Mitchell can be contacted at brian@loveandwine.com.au

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.