Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Lattal

Darnell Lattal

President & CEO, Aubrey Daniels International

Darnell Lattal, as president and chief executive officer of Aubrey Daniels International, is a specialist in the design and implementation of behavior-based business strategies to achieve core initiatives. In partnership with her clients and through her extensive corporate engagements, Ms. Lattal has contributed to organizational redesign and change management, executive coaching, achieving high performance, performance measurement and behavior-based systems design, leadership and teamwork within and across organizational structures, succession planning and implementation, ethical decision-making and creating a solid leadership legacy based on self-awareness and self-management. Ms. Lattal is an internationally known consultant and author of several books including one on reducing stress in Japanese workplaces through the power of positive reinforcement and her most recent US book, A Good Day's Work about establishing conditions to promote ethics at work. She has recently begun to explore the issues related to sustainable business practices to promote both green initiatives and sustain worthy cultural practices at work. A frequent presenter at major association and corporate conferences and active contributor to media on current topics about ethics at work, Ms. Lattal's particular expertise is in the psychology of learning and designing sustainable and rapid change.

Ms. Lattal can be contacted at 678-904-6140 or info@aubreydaniels.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.