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Mr. Catlette

Bill Catlette

Co-Founder, Contented Cow Partners, LLC

Bill Catlette is an author, leadership trainer, speaker, and human resources consultant with 35 years’ experience helping build highly successful organizations. He is co-author of Contented Cows Give Better Milk: The Plain Truth About Employee Relations and Your Bottom Line; Contented Cows MOOve Faster: How Good Leaders Get People to Put More OOMPH! into their Work; and the new book, Rebooting Leadership: Practical Lessons for Frontline Leaders (and their Bosses) in the New World. Mr. Catlette earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida, and immediately embarked on a career that has included a variety of Human Resource management and executive roles in some well known and highly regarded service distribution firms. His corporate ports of call have included Genuine Parts Company, the Atlanta-based distribution arm of NAPA; Automatic Data Processing, where he served as the company's Corporate Manager of Employee Relations; and FedEx, beginning in the company's early years. While there, as a Managing Director, he and his staff were responsible for developing many of the Human Resource programs which enabled that company to become recognized as one of the nation's 5 Best Managed Companies (Forbes Magazine), one of the 100 Best Companies in America to Work For, and, without question, one of the true "world class" service organizations. Upon leaving FedEx in 1989, Mr. Catlette founded The Westar Group, a human resource consulting firm which concentrates primarily on the areas of Employee Relations, Teamwork, Leadership Development, and Business Strategy. In 1996, Mr. Catlette and Richard Hadden formed Contented Cow Partners, LLC. Since then, the firm has served more than 300 organizations in numerous industries, by delivering customized keynote addresses, corporate leadership training, and employee engagement surveys. Mr. Catlette has written articles for, or his work has been featured in, many publications, including numerous professional association journals, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Entrepreneur, Inc., and Workforce Management. He is a frequent contributor to Workforce Online. His firm's website is ContentedCows.com.

Mr. Catlette can be contacted at Bill@ContentedCows.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.