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Dr. Binkert

Jacqueline Binkert

Co-Founder, Appreciative Coaching Collaborative, LLC

Jacqueline Binkert, Ph.D. began her career as an adult educator working with multi-lingual and multi-cultural adults of wide-ranging capabilities and backgrounds. Moving to the business world, she joined Ford Motor Company as an internal Organization Development consultant. There, she acquired expertise in large-scale change. She consulted with executives and teams to address the leadership impact of system-wide changes such as managing in a matrix, leading dispersed international teams, moving from functional to system responsibilities and adopting brand management. Since leaving Ford, Dr. Binkert has continued to work with leaders and teams during times of major change and transformation. As an executive coach, she works with her clients to view issues from a systems perspective by challenging them to consider broader contexts and alternative conceptual frameworks, calling for rigor in their thinking and encouraging them to enhance their leadership capabilities. She has coached leaders in such topics as leadership development (bringing out the leader's own potential and that of the people who work for the leader), strategic planning (stretching for growth and improvement), and culture change (influencing the company culture for the betterment of employees and improved business performance). Clients benefit from Dr. Binkert's in-depth knowledge of psychology, leadership effectiveness, organizational behavior and change, and team dynamics. Dr. Binkert's coaching is distinguished by her appreciative, strengths-based approach to change. Her coaching is informed by practical experience, underlying theory and research. She is co-author of the book, Appreciative Coaching: A Positive Process for Change published by Jossey-Bass. Appreciative Coaching is an innovative approach to coaching based on the organizational change process called Appreciative Inquiry. She trains this approach to participants worldwide. Dr. Binkert earned her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA. She is an international advisor for students at Assumption University, Bangkok, Ph.D. program in Organization Development.

Dr. Binkert can be contacted at 248-684-6332 or jbinkert@AppreciativeCoaching.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.