The name "Hilton" may have been somewhat devalued
in the past ten years, which was caused by the antics of great-granddaughter
Paris and the sale of the entire brand and company to a venture capital group.
Regardless of these actions which occurred well after the founder's death, this
Biography is well done.
Conrad Hilton was born in the 19th century to parents who greatly influenced his life. His mother instilled a sense of commitment to values and organized religion (Catholicism) and his father provided his son with an inner drive to success.
This biography may whitewash some of Hilton's personal shortcomings, but it
does clearly outline Hilton's initial failures in the public realm as a
legislator, banker, retail operator and oilman. It shows his commitments to his
guests and suppliers in the early days of the Depression, when he maintained
his strong feeling not to declare bankruptcy as a means to solve his liquidity
problems, which was the action taken by almost all of his competitors. The
video demonstrates that it was this position that eventually gave Hilton the
lead in the years following the Depression and WWII when the country was
I found his values and continuing drive to try new venues to be a fresh perspective in the current economic environment.
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A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring John Wooden
When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom From One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes Yogi Berra
Spring means baseball and memories of classic characters.
While he was before my time, Yogi Berra has always been an American
personality. His limited formal education did not hold him back, as is
evidenced by his many rather homespun stories and anecdotes.
I try to alternate serious reading with others that have some light-hearted messages about life. Yogi is a "one of a kind" spokesperson and reading this book with all of his amusing statements makes one smile.
Wooden on Leadership
"The word "dynasty" is
seldom used in contemporary time, but John Wooden created two in his
career. One was as coach of the UCLA men's basketball team, where the
teams won 10 national championships in 12 years, including four perfect
seasons and 88 consecutive victories. The other was achieved as a
leader who inspired and developed outstanding talent and character among
the hundreds of student athletes, coaches and others who were involved
on those teams.
This book shares with readers Wooden's 15 Fundamental Leadership Qualities and includes many of his best observations from teamwork to focus to dealing with defeat. In the foreword, former player and obvious admirer Bill Walton says this book is "Wooden's blueprint for achieving success as a leader in business, basketball or anything else."
John Wooden is approaching his 100th birthday as I share my observations and he certainly has left his legacy.
"Covey has provided a focus to many people around the world with his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book series. His identification of the "BIG ROCKS" visualization of prioritizing has encouraged many readers to better understand how to manage expectations and improve our effectiveness.
This book title implies a business emphasis, but I find it to be a very balanced message on the two fronts addressed: 1- Personal and Interpersonal Effectiveness and 2-Managerial and Organizational Development.
Like the other Covey books I have read, this one can be appreciated in whatever amount of time the reader wants to devote. Whether you read two chapters or 200 pages in one sitting, the lessons are there to be learned!"
"I have had the privilege of hearing Dale speak at a business meeting where he spoke on a number of topics. One of those topics related to a message in this book - how to hire GREAT people. He stated what he felt was the best and only employment policy for successful companies was “The best place for the best people to work".
This to-the-point 109 page book has a number of memorable lessons, including THE SIX REALITIES OF GIFTED BOSSES & GREAT EMPLOYEES. Harvey Mackay, Dave Thomas and others are on the jacket endorsing this message for a reason - it makes sense."
"Marc Clark has been involved as an enthusiastic ambassador for HR and training teams the past 30 years at many different hospitality organizations including several large restaurant chains, the Educational Institute of AH&LA and the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
He has presented workshops around the world for varied clients including major international hotel brands, hospitality associations, professional associations and universities. Details are available at LinkedIn or http://www.smartbizzonline.com/
"The name Marriott has become an icon in hospitality and deservedly so. The company has evolved from humble beginnings almost a century ago to one today that appears on almost every "best of list".
This book is an easy to follow templates of sound management practices, of how to provide sincere attention to both customers and associates and maintaining value.
I quoted a number of the organization's recent accomplishments in a column on social responsibility INNOVATION AND CHANGE http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4045016.html
Well done, Marriott family and associates."
"This book offers readers insights and examples of how to differentiate one's service or product from the others. At a time when so many organizations are offering "me, too" copies, this book shares practical information on dealing with the danger of being perceived as a commodity.
I interacted with Joe Calloway when I was working in Tennessee and later when he was a keynote speaker at a national conference. Joe is the "real thing" and this is one of several of his books on approaches to standing out in a crowded marketplace."
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