Friday, 11 June 2021
It’s a hotel.
Or maybe was.
In a prime location. Precisely at the business district of a well-developed city. I was in town to do some work for another client and was taken on a tour to the hotel.
It’s limping. The rooms are vacant most times. Even the decent conference rooms are hardly booked. The staff have all become laid-back due to inactivity.
An associate of the owner tapped me on what we (Mapemond) could do to revamp it before it dies because it is already moribund.
As I had a steam bath in my hotel, another hotel, the ideas came rushing down like fresh spring waters. I wrapped myself in the clean white towels as I stepped out of the bathroom, the cool air from the air conditioner was having a romantic play with the water dripping down my body, but I was taken by the mellifluous allure of Julio Iglesias’ voice that was playing from the portable room speaker.
I sat on the work desk, inhaled the steam from the green tea I had just made, and the thoughts flowed from my head through my fingers to my special notepad.
In about two hours plus, I had developed a complete blueprint of all that needed to be done to rebrand and rebuild the hotel into a profitable venture that stands out in the hospitality industry as a whole.
I dressed up and went down to the restaurant to replenish the virtue I had just poured out on paper. Afterwards, I returned to the room and updated the associate accordingly and a meeting was fixed with the billionaire owner of the hotel.
The meeting was postponed several times for months until I got the update that the owner was indecisive. It wasn’t a surprise, it’s familiar terrain. Business strategy and brand development come naturally to me across every sector and I also know how to assemble specialists to handle specific areas. The work I do is a fine blend of gift, skill, sound business acumen, and experience.
I got the insight and inspiration that all I had penned down were secondary, the primary thing was the mindset of the owner. Until there is a mental shift with the owner, the venture won’t experience a sustainable turnaround.
I have come to see this as true for business owners in general, including those who may have made a lot of money one way or the other, there is a level of growth we will never attain until we change our thinking and broaden our mind in line with the big visions we want to actualise.
I am hearing that the hotel has shut down. Such huge potential, stifled by one man’s thinking. Perhaps when contract money stops flowing, the mindset shift will happen, if it isn’t too late then.
Every day that you wake to work on your business, never forget to keep renewing your thinking.
It is the gateway of progress and the most important factor for business success.