A Self-Made Mayor | Recommended Reading from HospitalityEducators.com

Why does a hospitality blog include a review on the job performance of a big city mayor?   Part of it may be the timing in the Boston Marathon Bombing trial but that is only one small slice of it

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The answer is that mayors actually are much more the heart and soul of where we all live, just as we as hotel and restaurant managers and hotel owners are the center of many small businesses.

Menino -What a new Boston and  new America needed then and now- a person who cares more about the citizens than himself! This book is properly titled as America needs a NEW approach in city governance.  Thomas Menino has authored an exceptional recap of his time as the CEO of one of America’s oldest, most culturally diverse and at times controversial cities.

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First – the oldest descriptor – Boston has often been a hot bed of activity, in politics, government, trends, sports and more.  Menino tackled all of those topics and more in his 5 terms.  In his 1st inaugural, he addressed Boston’s newest immigrants with “I am your mayor. You came here seeking a better life, just like my grandparents.”  The book addresses the many small and sometimes large ways this rather quiet man from Hyde Park found his way to City Hall for that record 5 terms and service as the longest mayor in Boston history.  (He actually ran unopposed in 1997)

Second, the descriptor of culturally diverse – Boston has had many waves of immigrants from many nations. Some of those immigrants stayed, while others left.  Some kept their native heritage while embracing the new American dreams, while others chose to blend in as quickly as possible.  In a city (and state) known for its Irish politicians, Menino became the 1st Italian American to find his way into the heads and hearts of the very diverse population of Boston.  As one who was born 50 miles from Boston and a former resident, I have experienced this blend of different values that can be both uplifting as well as challenging.  The stories in this book are not so much about him, but more about how he cared enough to keep trying until there were results for all.

Third, the descriptor of controversial.  Boston has had much controversy.  Some was about race, some about schools and others about the financial differences in the many parts of the city.  He discusses busing, racism and the efforts to get better jobs and opportunities for more than just a select few.

He openly shares the struggles and challenges in dealing with school committees and school reform to make 21st century students in  Boston.  He describes the issues with teachers unions, as well as the police and fire departments that had two centuries of tradition that Menino felt needed discussion and updates.

He discusses reform and change in dealing with the evolution in health care, while caring for the poor of Boston.  Real estate is very valuable in certain parts of Boston and the wheeling/dealing insights are fascinating.  He even discusses the then controversial topic of what Boston should or should not do to keep the New England Patriots and their financially well set owners content to stay.

This is a self made man – he entered the University of Massachusetts to begin to earn his college degree the same year as his 18 year old daughter.

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I enjoy only a limited number of books about politicians and public service, as too many tend to glorify the author or person described.  This book seems to tell it pretty much like it was – at times down and dirty, and at other times everyone working together, like the city did after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

I have not lived in Boston since the 1970s and am not naive enough to think Thomas Menino was a perfect mayor.  It does seem like he was what a new Boston and a new America needed at the time – someone who cared more about the citizens than himself.

 

I READ AND REVIEWED THIS BOOK IN LATE SEPT/EARLY OCT 2014. IT WAS VERY SAD TO LEARN THAT MAYOR MENINO PASSED AWAY ON 10/30/14. SEE THIS LINK FOR OTHERS WHO COMMENTED ON HIS LIFE http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/10/30/local-leaders-remember-mayor-tom-menino/

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HE.COM RADIO SHOW MAR 2011 100_0777John J. Hogan CHA CMHS CHE CHO and Kathleen Hogan MBA CHO are the co-founders of HospitalityEducators.com, which was created in 2010 to be a resource for hotel owners and professionals as they sought to improve market share, occupancy, operational efficiency and profitability.

The husband and wife team are transitioning the original membership site concept and evolving the business model today to a focused resource offering consulting, training, and individualized support to both hospitality and other service businesses.   Services include keynote addresses workshops, online support, metrics measurement, marketing and customer service from a group of more than a dozen experienced professionals.   While continuing to serve hospitality, the demand for these types of services is growing and can be personalized.

John Hogan is also the principal ofHoganHospitality.com, which provides a range of expert professional services for hotel owners, including professional development for organizations, training, consulting and expert witness services.

Contact information:  Kathleen Hogan  480-436-0283, John Hogan 602-799-5375 or  service@hospitalityeducators.com

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Recommended Reading from HospitalityEducators.com| The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society’s Toughest Problems

The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society’s Toughest Problems 

by William D. Eggers  , Paul Macmillan

The premise of this book is to identify and discuss ways that government, business and social and two bronzes and work together to solve issues that face society today.

It is a bit challenging to read the way it is formatted, but it is worth the time to read the valuable message.

The book is concise and less than 300 pages.  It is divided into seven chapters:

  1. The wavemakers, or those considered rising stars engage in delivering solutions. This includes examples of changes in corporate philanthropy on page 23, as well as people of all backgrounds who want to make changes. These include well-known investors, CEOs, and current and former government officials.

 

  1. Disruptive technologies- this discuss is the growing significance of mobile technologies as a great equalizer in the problem solving potential of social media.

 

  1. Business models that scale . This is an unusual chapter and discuss is for joint use that as par sharing the, innovation in health and education, franchises, platforms of discussions on line, freemiums or primary services or goods provided for free by selling the premium were complimentary product and citizens sourcing..  This chapter must be read with careful analysis as it includes some changes in the business norm of today.

 

  1. The currencies. This chapter  requires careful reading as it discusses the essential characteristics of impact currencies such as credits, social outcomes, citizen capital, data, and reputation.  Some of these terms are becoming well-known while others require study.

 

  1. Public- value exchanges. Chapter five discusses the initiation and delivery of a variety of different exchangers, which can be defined as crowd funding ,impact exchange, two sided markets, prizes and challenges and payments by  result.  This all those new to most of us, and as they are enabled by web technologies ,  these exchanges drive public  value by connecting capital to all types of society’s problems  with those who want to try to solve them. ( p. 167)

 

  1. The ecosystems. This chapter discusses revolutionizing education through more blended learning, more customizable curriculums similar to those from Khan Academy and marketable skills through a series of other well-known sources.  This chapter discusses affordable housing on page 183 through 188 and another topics including ending human trafficking on page 189 through 192

 

  1. Creating your own solution revolution. The chapter title implies a series of action steps, and there are  strategies, recommendations and ideas on ways to change your focus and how to determine that what we measure  matters.  It looks at the topic from both an individual and business point of view and tries to marry them together with government support.

 

This book shows some very diverse examples of initiatives of multinational companies ranging from  Shell Oil to Microsoft to GTE to Whole Foods, and global markets

 

I found this to be a challenging read in the way it is formatted, but it worth the time to read the valuable message.

 

John J. Hogan CHA CMHS CHE CHO

Hospitality Educators          Hogan Hospitality

 

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Kathleen Hogan Ireland Sept 2013John J. Hogan CHA CMHS CHE CHO and Kathleen Hogan MBA CHO are the co-founders of  HospitalityEducators.com, which was created in 2010 to be a resource for hotel owners and professionals as they sought to improve market share, occupancy, operational efficiency and profitability.

The husband and wife team are transitioning the original membership site concept and evolving the business model today to a focused resource offering consulting, training, and individualized support to both hospitality and other service businesses.   Services include keynote addresses workshops, online support, metrics measurement, marketing and customer service from a group of more than a dozen experienced professionals.   While continuing to serve hospitality, the demand for these types of services is growing and can be personalized.

John Hogan is also the principal of HoganHospitality.com, which provides a range of expert professional services for hotel owners, including professional development for organizations, training, consulting and expert witness services.

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