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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 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.