Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. McDargh

Eileen McDargh

Chief Energy Officer, The Resiliency Group

Since 1980, Eileen McDargh has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count. She has become known as a master facilitator, an award- winning author, and an internationally recognized keynoter and executive coach.

She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Her programs are content rich, interactive, provocative and playful—even downright hilarious.

In 2018, Global Gurus International, a British-based provider of resources for leadership, communication and sales training, also ranked her 3rd as one of the World's Top 30 Communication Professionals following a global survey of 22,000 business professionals.

She has authored seven books including,  Work for a Living & Still Be Free to Live, Talk Ain't Cheap—It's Priceless, Gifts from the Mountain-Simple Truths for Life's Complexities, My Get Up and Go Got Up & Went, Your Resiliency GPS: A Guide for Growing through Work Life

As a business author and commentator, she has appeared on network news, on radio programs and in business journals and in major metropolitan newspapers. Ms. McDargh is a certified speaking professional (CSP) and her election into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame places her among the top 3% of speakers in the United States.

Please visit http://www.theresiliencygroup.com for more information.

Ms. McDargh can be contacted at 949-496-8640 or eileen@eileenmcdargh.com

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.