I recently stayed in an older hotel and it really brought to light how much facilities have evolved:

I needed to move the nightstand to access an electrical outlet.
There was no refrigerator, coffeemaker or mini-bar.
The television was modest sized and did not provide access to premium channels.
The towels weren’t plush and the cosmetics weren’t designer brands.

It was a clean hotel and provided satisfactory accommodation for one night – something that would have been the standard just a few years ago. Now the landscape has changed as facilities continue one-upmanship of adding more and more amenities to attract travelers.

Assess your organization from the eyes of someone new. Are the basics that you provide still an industry standard or have you experienced entropy over time? Do you have a feature that sets your organization apart or have others caught up to your innovations? Do your customer-facing facilities or publications look tired?

It’s one thing to intentionally plan to be a two-star hotel and target that market, but another thing entirely to be a four-star hotel that has fallen behind. Take a moment and candidly assess how many stars your organization would earn today.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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