Working at the Hotel

Consultants Mind

Walking around the hotel – to wake myself up … Continue reading → Fun Travel HotelIt’s 1am and I am working on a proposal due this Friday. It has to go through multiple reviews, so I would be wise to get it 80% finished tonight. Oy Vey.

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Drachma Sightings Appear on Hotel Bill

MishTalk

Between June 28 and July 4 at a Hilton hotel in Athens, transactions on a Bloomberg reporter's Visa credit card issued by Citigroup Inc. spokeswoman said that the Athens hotel had billed the customer in euros, not drachmas.

Resorts World Hotel in Manila in Lockdown Following Gunfire and Explosions

MishTalk

In what may be an ISIS-related event, the Resorts World Hotel in Manila, the Philippines is in Lockdown Mode following gunfire and explosions. more…). Economics

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: An Open Letter to Disgruntled Hotel.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

An Open Letter to Disgruntled Hotel Staff. Dear hotel staff, Do you know who I am? I am the reason your hotel can afford to offer a Starbucks, a restaurant, and a full-service bar. Customers like him regularly toss around hourly-wage-sized tips (and more) to the staff at your hotel, but only if youre not a prick too. Anyone with top elite status spent more than your annual salary at the hotel chain you work for, so that one guy represents your job. Hotels. (8).

How to Stay in Premium Hotels Without Blowing Your Expense Account

Harvard Business

Booking a hotel for business travel poses a quandary for many of us. The key is to remember that hotels – as well as most companies – offer what I call “backdoor” discounts. The critical missing information is the hotel name.

The Art of Choosing a Hotel (Consultant’s edition)

Killer Consultant

When it comes to choosing the hotel at your destination, given that you _have_ a choice (don’t underestimate how remote a client site can be…), it makes sense to choose not only by stars, price or name. Staying with hotels of big chains has the advantage that you can count on a certain standard for each hotel you get to. When it comes to non-chain hotels, I try to get to places that are new & modern. What criteria do you follow when choosing a hotel?

The Art of Choosing a Hotel (Consultant’s edition)

Killer Consultant

When it comes to choosing the hotel at your destination, given that you _have_ a choice (don’t underestimate how remote a client site can be…), it makes sense to choose not only by stars, price or name. Staying with hotels of big chains has the advantage that you can count on a certain standard for each hotel you get to. When it comes to non-chain hotels, I try to get to places that are new & modern. What criteria do you follow when choosing a hotel?

I'm a Rock Star.or just Insane. And this hotel doesn't have wireless.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Now I’m back at the hotel. I’m sitting in the hotel bar, and they don’t have wireless. I’m convinced that loud bar music is a covert government operation designed to make people with no life and sitting alone in hotel bars feel good about rationalizing why they’re not talking to anyone.

Google Enters the Hotel Business, Takes on Advertisers Priceline, Expedia, and Trip Advisor

MishTalk

Thus, I welcome the Wall Street Journal report Google Checks In to the Hotel Business. Google Inc (GOOG) is moving boldly to play a larger role in booking hotel rooms—at the risk of offending some of its most important advertisers. Google is adding more photos and reviews to its hotel listings, so they increasingly resemble those of travel search sites such as Priceline Group Inc. As far as I am concerned the more competition the better.

Case Study: Should a Hotel Giant Eliminate Some Brands and Refocus?

Harvard Business

As the longtime CEO of Otto Hotels & Resorts, now the second-largest lodging company in the world, he’d packed for hundreds of work trips before, but suits were his go-to. Otto had just finished a $9 billion acquisition of Beekman Hotels, which meant it now had nearly 4,800 hotels and just over a million rooms in 100 countries. “We need a brand architecture that isn’t confusing to customers, hotel owners, or even our own employees,” said Anita.

Blue Ribbon for Sanction Craziness: Italy Seizes Hotel of Putin Ally; Russia Threatens Law Allowing Seizure of Foreign Assets

MishTalk

Sanction Madness Escalates: Italy Seizes Hotel of Putin Ally Two days ago sanction madness hit a new extreme: Italy seizes Putin ally Arkady Rotenberg’s property assets. The Italian tax police have seized €30m in assets, including a luxury hotel in Rome and two villas in Sardinia, controlled by Arkady Rotenberg, a longtime ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin targeted by US and EU sanctions. What''s Russia to do?

Bed and Breakfasts: Creative Accommodations On the Road or Nightmare on Elm Street?

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

I stay at big chain hotels too often. Here’s what they said: Women like bed and breakfast accommodation because it removes them from the predatory world of business hotels. Some even soak their per-diem, banking the extra hundreds rather than handing it over to the hotel. Hotel

Manufactured Spend and Other Stupid Games, or, "I’ve Got A Real Job"

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

We make sure we maximize our airline and hotel status, we have a wallet full of credit cards, and we pick our travel providers accordingly. But airlines and hotels are aggressively devaluing their points and raising redemption rates.

Digital Transformations Start with Frontline Workers

Strategy+Business

To boost a hotel's bottom line, ask the bellhop

Q&A With Clyde Guinn, President, Days Inn Worldwide, Wyndham Hotel Group

1 to 1

Imagine you''re the president of one of the largest economy hotel chains in America. How''s this for a challenge? Your goal: deliver a consistent, high-quality on-brand customer experience across all of your properties.

What Business Travelers Want Most From Loyalty Programs: Stealthy Luxury

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

We’ve already established that airlines, hotels and the like really want people like me to expense our way through their wares. Most hotels offer status-based floors and lounges , but they rarely keep the riffraff out in practice. Here are some ideas: Hotels should offer programs to “walk” elite guests to nicer properties. Hotel elite floors should offer real upgrades and amenities, and they should be guaranteed. What stealth luxuries could hotel chains offer you?

Starwood Hotel and Resorts takes Aim at Business Travelers with SPG Pro

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One of the perks (or drawbacks depending on your perspective) of being a reporter is traveling on assignments. I''ve been sent to conferences in Cologne, Germany; New Orleans; Las Vegas, and Minneapolis among other cities in my career. There’s more… To read the rest of this blog posting click here or visit www.1to1Media.com/weblog. Customer Loyalty homepage

Consultant Ninja: How Consultants Manage Frequent Flyer Miles.

Consultant Ninja

When you are in consulting, you rack up a lot of frequent flyer miles and hotel points, but you dont have a lot of time to manage them. It is still in private beta, but I like what I see and Im using it to manage all of my (and Mrs. Ninjas) frequent flyer, hotel, car, and AMEX accounts. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Consultant Ninja.

Oh, professionalism

Consultants Mind

Same hotel concierge lounge, same salmon with capers, same client parking lot. Hope you’re enjoying the summer – full of beaches, lakes, friends, and food. As consultants, it’s often hard to stay “aware” and “fresh” In reality, the travel and the clients can be a bear. They say that consulting gives your 3x the experience, and […]. The post Oh, professionalism appeared first on Consultant's Mind. Consulting Professionalism

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Consultant Ninja: Reasons not to stay in Consulting: Management.

Consultant Ninja

Yesterday upon arrival at her hotel she received a fruit basket, a warm welcome from the staff who greeted her by first name, and the below card. One of our partners spends a fair amount of time in one city (not his home) and always stays at the sane hotel. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Consultant Ninja. Management Consultant | Excel Jockey | Slide Monkey | Corporate Insurgent | One-Eyed Man in the Valley of the Blind Mckinsey | Bain | BCG | Booz | Oliver Wyman.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: The Optimization of Leveraging

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

conduct carries from using the expense policy, to accumulating hotel. Hotels. (8). Hotels. (8). skip to main | skip to sidebar. Tuesday, December 18, 2012. The Optimization of Leveraging. Courtesy of Alert Guest Blogger David Tang: Consultants. Were always optimizing, always leveraging -- always in the pursuit of. minimizing our workload while maximizing our lifestyle. This mode of. points, to creating our client deliverables.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: One Last Hurrah for Her

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Its much easier to pick up a real estate agent at the hotel bar than try to convince the much-hounded hotties of IT they should bed down with you! Instead, we all settled on the back tables at the hotel bar, watching baseball before we kicked off our new project. We had a fantastic night on the town before cabbing back to the hotel. Hotels. (8). Hotels. (8). skip to main | skip to sidebar. Monday, April 8, 2013. One Last Hurrah for Her.

The Uncommon Nature of Customer Service - Henman Performance

Henman Performance Executive Blog

I’ve spent more nights in hotels since the beginning of 2013 than the average nomad has spent in a tent in her lifetime. Most of them have been high end hotels, but a few have been more moderate chains, like the Marriott. Several of the most expensive hotels charged extra for internet. Would it spoil some vast eternal plan if a hotel that charges $400 a night would also add $4 worth of paper products to the experience and throw in free internet? About Linda.

1am second wind

Consultants Mind

Photo from NYC hotel – last month Going on vacation tomorrow, but 2-3 things left to do. 130am. Had a glass of red wine and now a beer. It is the second wind. Ugly but true.

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Online market for consulting?

Consultants Mind

A few ex-consultant friends and I mused over this concept several times in Marriott hotel bars across the country. “Why not set up a two-sided platform (think: VRBO, UBER) where companies can hire consultants for 1/3 of the price? Cut out the middle man.” ” Yep – an online market for consulting. Uh, already exists. With a… Read More » The post Online market for consulting? appeared first on Consultant's Mind. Consultant Consulting Website

Consultant’s long weekend – Arizona

Consultants Mind

Great food, nice people, fun hotel, and lots to see. Traveled to Arizona recently – God’s country. Beautiful. Enjoy the travel. Like they say, “It is a dry heat.” ” The post Consultant’s long weekend – Arizona appeared first on Consultant's Mind. Fun arizona photos

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The Crazy Lives of Consultants: When You're Too Platinum with the.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

When Youre Too Platinum with the Hotel. Like you, I have Platinum Status with just about ever hotel, airline, rental car agency, and liquor store in the Continental United States. Now, let me tell you a tale of a crazy consultant who officially reached "Too Platinum status with the Intercontinental Hotel Group. It all began at the hotel reception desk one rainy Monday evening in Connecticut. Zineb ( Nice Moroccan hotel receptionist ): Welcome back Crazy Consultant!!

Be different

Consultants Mind

Working in the hotel lobby – Courtyard Marriott. No one else is here at midnight except the front desk. Be different. Oh, yes, those 2 Blue Moons are mine too. Fun Travel

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Peter Drucker said, “Meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer the meetings the better”

Consultants Mind

Granted some of these were client interviews, but needless to say, the real work and thinking was done between meetings, or at night at the hotel. This is my calendar from a recent week. The time before and after the meeting … Continue reading → Learning Consulting Team Meeting Professionalism Project Management

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: Great Moments in Consulting

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

I pick it up from the hotel valet in the morning, and the valet asks me, ".hey, I tried to crank some major urban music on my way out of the hotel driveway, but I could only find CNBC on the satellite radio. Hotels. (8). Hotels. (8). skip to main | skip to sidebar. Tuesday, February 5, 2008. Great Moments in Consulting.the only car left was one of those new Cadillacs that looks like it was made out of folded paper (hint - it was). Same price as the yugo.

Cherry blossoms

Consultants Mind

Monday night in the hotel. Lots of work, but not in the mood. Instead, thinking about the cherry blossoms I saw with my wife this weekend. A much better thought. Related posts: Consulting travel The consulting life. Good dinners Links. Fun Photo

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Get staffed: Don’t become consultant inventory

Consultants Mind

The empty hotel rooms and empty movie seats. Everyone understands inventory. It’s the stuff sitting on Home Depot’s shelves. It’s the frozen pizzas in the freezer. The unsold house in the neighborhood. Non-billable consultants are no different. Non-billable consultants should either be selling new projects, or they are inventory. It’s complex.

How to Become a Hospitality Consultant

Consulting Junkie

You could find work in a hotel, restaurant, events company, or even on a cruise ship. They could be a hotel concierge or an event planner, or give. The hospitality industry provides many opportunities to work in a consultancy position.

Back-handed compliment: “You are a workaholic”

Consultants Mind

I do a fair amount of work in the hotel concierge lounge. Lots of snacks, stimulus, and a nice large marble table to spread-out and work. Last night, I was the last to leave at 10pm, and this morning I was … Continue reading → Consultant Consulting Travel

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“On the beach” means you are consulting inventory

Consultants Mind

The empty hotel rooms and empty movie seats. Everyone understands inventory. It’s the stuff sitting on Home Depot’s shelves. It’s the frozen pizzas in the freezer. The unsold house in the neighborhood. Non-billable consultants are no different. Non-billable consultants … Continue reading → Consultant Business Model Consulting Jargon Management consulting Project Resources Staffing Supply chain

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Thursdays are get-away days

Consultants Mind

You have been at the client for 4 days, slept in a hotel room for 3 nights. Getaway day. My friends and I joke that Thursdays are get-away days. Too much restaurant food, and it’s time to go home and get … Continue reading → Fun Travel

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Eustress

Consultants Mind

Crunching data in a hotel room. Management consulting is a stressful job. Traveling in a middle seat. Creating presentations from an empty, white PowerPoint template. Working with a new team. Meeting new clients. Learning on the job. Dr. Hans Selye … Continue reading → Learning Consulting Fun Leadership Management Management consulting Professionalism Stress

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Las Vegas Sniper Shooting, Deadliest in History, 58 Killed: Fake News Heads to Top of the List

MishTalk

A sniper, Stephen Craig Paddock, unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Vegas hotel. Paddock killed at least 58 people as tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives. This was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. more…). Economics

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: What is a "3-4-5 Consultant"?

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Put plainly, "3-4-5" means that, for each week youre working: Youll spend 3 nights at hotels. Labels: Consultantese , Gotta Love the Client Site , Hotels , The joys of being a new consultant. Hotels. (8). Hotels. (8). skip to main | skip to sidebar. Monday, July 22, 2013.

Tortoise mind: Let your unconscious do some of the work

Consultants Mind

The weather was awesome, and my (somewhat) crappy hotel was actually right by a lake with tons of bridges, … Continue reading → Learning Consulting Fun Habits Management consulting Professionalism Project Management Travel I went on a 6 mile run. It was cathartic, and just what I needed before my client meeting this morning.

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