As we await an accelerated distribution of COVID vaccines, we simply cannot predict when we will return to a new hybrid work model. And we certainly cannot predict how our customers will behave differently in the post-COVID world. (One thing is for sure: we all share a pent-up longing for hugs and gatherings!) It feels as if we are in a messy maelstrom. We just hosted our Marketing Growth Leaders private cohort last week. The theme was crystal clear: Transition.
October 18, 2018
We took a moment to reflect on our two fall 2018 CMO events in DC and Atlanta, GA: The CMO breakfast with Chip Conley, and our 4th annual CMOs Leading Innovation Conference. (CLIC ’18). This is the first in a series of conference recap posts to share key learnings.
August 2, 2018
I’m pleased to invite you to our private CMO breakfast on September 25 to help you accelerate your career. This is an exclusive gathering in Bethesda, Maryland, hosted by Walker & Dunlop.
You’ll meet Chip Conley, my good friend and fellow author. He is joining us from San Francisco, CA. Chip will share his career and life lessons from his Airbnb experiences. We will also celebrate the launch of his newest book, Wisdom@Work….
July 3, 2018
It’s Independence Day in the United States…although I prefer the term “Interdependence Day.” We cannot thrive without creating unique development opportunities, and collaborating with like-minded leaders and creatives.
When I spend time with leadership luminaries and marketing trendsetters, it’s electrifying. You may be preparing for your own “electrifying experiences” this week…fun food, friends, and fireworks. We are too—except the fireworks will be continuing into the fall months for our community.
If you are experiencing isolation as a marketing leader, or love to learn from some of the world’s top business luminaries, then join us for some of these exciting fall events….
August 6, 2014
I am pleased to announce that my new marketing leadership development book, The Mindful Marketer: How to Stay Present and Profitable in a Data-Driven World is now officially available for pre-order worldwide. Since you are a member of our community, you can now download a complimentary sample chapter.
This chapter outlines proven strategies to deepen your relationship with your CFO.
My latest book responds to the rise of some recent, troubling trends for marketing leaders: big data, ROI pressures, and 24 x 7 customer demands….
November 3, 2010
I just spoke at the largest live event in my career–13, 000 people registered! What an honor to be invited. Last Thursday, Chip Conley hosted my “Seven Pathways to an Energized Business” teleseminar during the Enlightened Business Summit.
Other featured guest speakers included NY Times bestselling authors such as Stephen M. Covey, and Tony Schwartz, plus CEOs like John Mackey of Whole Foods, Tony Hsieh of Zappos, and George Zimmer of Men’s Wearhouse….
October 10, 2010
The event features a fantastic lineup of top-tier CEOs, bestselling authors, and visionaries, all sharing their most important insights for free.
Names you might recognize include NY Times bestselling authors like Stephen M. Covey, and Tony Schwartz, plus CEOs like John Mackey of Whole Foods, Tony Hsieh of Zappos, and George Zimmer of Men’s Wearhouse….
August 5, 2010
Chip Conley and his investors were forced to make some tough decisions.
Several months ago, Conley, the CEO of Joie de Vivre Hotels in San Francisco, California, witnessed competing hotels facing potential foreclosure. According to the Wall Street Journal, “there is about $5.6 billion in securitized mortgages tied to hotels coming due this year and next…27.8% cover properties now estimated to be worth less than their mortgage balances.” (source: Trepp LLC’s Foresight Analytics). Billions of dollars of mortgages are coming due in the coming years. Analysts are forecasting that the hotel industry will not regain its full strength until 2013.
Photo courtesy of Chip Conley
July 14, 2010
Several months ago, Chip Conley and his investors faced a fork in their growth plan.
Conley, the CEO of Joie de Vivre Hotels in San Francisco, California and three-time business author, witnessed competing hotels facing potential foreclosure. According to Trepp LLC's Foresight Analytics, about $5.6 billion in securitized mortgages tied to hotels is coming due this year and next, and 27.8% cover properties that are now estimated to be worth less than their mortgage alances. Analysts are forecasting that the hotel industry will not regain its full strength until 2013.
Conley had some tough choices ahead. He could either choose to stay small, ignore the pressure to bring in more partners to cover the difference (a form of benign neglect), default on a few properties, or attract more capital from new investors to fuel growth and acquire distressed properties. Ultimately, he and his team agreed to sell a majority stake in JDV to Geolo Capital and pursue the latter option.
I had the pleasure of meeting Conley this month, and how he intends to thrive amidst a dismal industry shakeup.
If you lead a company that is facing debt problems, limited access to capital, a critical growth crossroads, or a combination of all three, invest 17 minutes to hear Chip's sage growth advice.