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Ms. Asch

Sandy Asch

Principal, Alliance for Organizational Excellence LLC

Sandy Asch is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant and best selling author of ROAR: How to Build a Resilient Organization the World-Famous San Diego Zoo Way and Excellence at Work: The Six Keys to Inspire Passion in the Workplace. Ms. Asch partners with companies globally to create great places to work that improve bottom line results and generate exponential value for stakeholders. More than 30,000 leaders in 350+ companies in 50 countries and 6 languages have implemented her strategies with sustainable results. In partnership with Ms. Asch and Alliance for Organizational Excellence LLC: A defense contractor won the grand prize for workplace excellence by demonstrating an 18% increase in revenue, 78% improvement in profitability, 60% reduction in turnover and 14% improvement in quality in only 24 months. A global oil and gas company successfully navigated a merger and acquisition by establishing a consistent culture and expectations. In 2014, the Latin America division recorded its highest growth in history despite plummeting oil prices. The world famous San Diego Zoo won multiple workplace excellence awards including Healthiest Company of the Year, demonstrating a 10% increase in employee engagement and customer satisfaction and 23% increase in revenue. Clients include global brands such as Pepsi, Ecolab, San Diego Zoo, Harrah’s, LPL Financial, Universal Studios, Qualcomm, General Atomics, Morley Builders, Del Monte Foods, La Costa Resort, E&J Gallo Wineries and others. Ms. Asch’s presentations are uniquely high-content and high-participation, engaging CEO, HR and leadership audiences around the world in practical discussions, interactive applications and creative exploration to ensure immediate and meaningful application. She holds a masters degree in Organizational Management and has taught graduate classes in Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources.

Ms. Asch can be contacted at 832-491-1738 or sandy@Uexcel.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.