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Sep 26, 2014

HOTELS: THE RIGHT PEOPLE MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS

HOTELS: THE RIGHT PEOPLE MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS

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Our business, like most businesses, is dependent on people. Despite the large buildings, countless brands, computer systems and all the rest of the hullabaloo that goes into making a hotel hum, when it comes down to it, a great hospitality experience is when one person emotionally connects with another person. And if the person on the receiving end of the service leaves happier and more…

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Sep 22, 2014

HOTELS: UNDERSTANDING MAGIC

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During my many years working in the world of hospitality I have often come across two types of people — Type A “searchers,” those looking for magic who don’t understand how it works, and Type B “non-believers,” those who don’t believe in magic and want to take away the resources needed to perform said magic. Both of these people are highly dangerous because they put in jeopardy the ability for…

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Aug 22, 2014

ACTS OF CREATION: MENU DESIGN FOR THE INSTAGRAM AGE

ACTS OF CREATION: MENU DESIGN FOR THE INSTAGRAM AGE

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ALL TRENDY MENUS LOOKED BASICALLY THE SAME–UNTIL SAN FRANCISCO’S TRICK DOG CAME ALONG WITH THESE STUNNERS.

America’s restaurants and bars cater to a thousand different varieties of palate and preference–lovers of offal, whisky aficionados, those who prefer things pickled and on small plates, and so on. But the humble menu has not caught up in terms of variety and inventiveness. Far too many of…

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Aug 17, 2014

NY TIMES: IS IT THE CARDS, OR HOW YOU PLAY THEM?

NY TIMES: IS IT THE CARDS, OR HOW YOU PLAY THEM?

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This interview with Narinder Singh, president of Topcoder, which administers computer-programming competitions, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.

Were you in leadership roles early on?

I grew up in Cincinnati, and became interested in the martial arts as a teenager. I got a black belt in taekwondo and was soon teaching classes of 15 to 40 people, most of whom were double my age. That…

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Aug 14, 2014

WSJ: THE POWER OF THE DOODLE

WSJ: THE POWER OF THE DOODLE

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Research Shows That Doodling Helps People Stay Focused, Grasp New Concepts and Retain Information

Long dismissed as a waste of time, doodling is getting new respect.  Recent research in neuroscience, psychology and design shows that doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information. A blank page also can serve as an extended playing field for the brain, allowing…

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Jun 25, 2014

HBR: PARADOXES OF INNOVATION

HBR: PARADOXES OF INNOVATION

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At the heart of innovative problem solving is the need to both unleash individual slices of genius and harness them into collective genius.  Unleashing talent is essential to developing promising ideas and options. Harnessing talent is essential to shaping those ideas and options and selecting new and useful solutions from among them.

In our research we identified six innovation paradoxes. The…

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Jun 24, 2014

CNN: POP UP RESTAURANTS, PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

CNN: POP UP RESTAURANTS, PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

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The original “pop-up restaurants” were secretive affairs.  Called “supper clubs,” they were hosted in private homes, the locations of which were revealed at the last minute via social media or guerrilla advertising.  These underground gatherings of complete strangers were inspired by a love of food and seen as an act of rebellion against the established restaurant trade.

Are celebrity chefs…

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Jun 23, 2014

HBR: FROM PURPOSE TO IMPACT

HBR: FROM PURPOSE TO IMPACT

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4517248920_9a8d31b20fThe following article is from Harvard Business Review.  It explains how you can be a better leader, employee, father, mother, or friend by examining and identifying your purpose and then using that purpose as the root for your decisions, goals etc.  This article brought to life my core beliefs and explained how to focus/funnel these thoughts and feelings to realize your full potential.  I have…

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May 1, 2014

NOW OPEN: SAYULITA AT MONDRIAN LA

NOW OPEN: SAYULITA AT MONDRIAN LA

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It is with great excitement that I share with you our latest project Sayulita at Mondrian LA.  Sayulita is a free spirited & casual taqueria & tequila bar, and the latest addition to SkyBar at Mondrian LA.  Inspired by the quaint town on the Pacific Coastline that was discovered by roving surfers in the sixties, Sayulita invokes a curiously eclectic energy and laid back ambiance in the midst of…

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Apr 30, 2014

LA TIMES: DELANO LAS VEGAS

LA TIMES: DELANO LAS VEGAS

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Say goodbye to THEhotel at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and welcome a new name and vibe when the Delano Las Vegas takes over late this summer.

The renovation will infuse the 1,100 suites with Delano’s South Beach brand when the hotel welcomes guests starting Sept. 1.

Renderings and descriptions of the renovation, which has been delayed by more than a year, were released Wednesday by Mandalay…

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