It’s good to be back. That was my overarching thought during this past week’s Meetings Africa – the first time in a long time we were able to interact face-to-face as an industry and the start of the trade show season.
We were delighted with the quality of buyers, although I will admit that there weren’t many. I look forward to upcoming shows where we’ll be able to connect more with our industry colleagues both near and far. May 2022’s events season be a productive one for all of us building on the Meetings Africa theme of ‘Shared Minds, Shared Economies’.
On the point of ‘sharing’, some of the lessons learnt during the event were that 2023 is going to be our year for MICE to return in earnest.
I simply cannot avoid a topic that’s been weighing heavily on all of us these past few weeks. I’ve noticed a profound change in our demeanor: we as a nation are down, depressed, and dragging our heels and our hearts through this very tough time. In fact, such negativity on all media channels available to us has made many countrymen reconsider their options here. No one can be surprised or cast blame.
A major challenge has been keeping me awake at night, one that I have warned others about and yet one that has, quite frankly, landed us on the brink as a start-up. As an entrepreneur, I am often asked what I feel is the most important aspect of running a new business. And my answer is always CASH FLOW! Cash flow is ‘king’! But we have been jolted into a scary reality over the last month and we have to admit that we have not walked the walk.
I’ve been a little concerned lately with the turnover of people in our new company. We’ve experienced a number of people starting with us and within a few weeks – or even days! – a resignation lands in my inbox. Being highly tuned to my people is important, so the latest emigration of staff enticed me to probe. The glaring question: is there something wrong with our culture or working environment?
I was fortunate enough at an early stage in my career to find myself at an industry event, sitting next to a very well-known psychoanalyst. Turns out that we hit it off: I got to know him well, and likewise, he got to know and analyse me very well. As a business coach to prominent business men, he finally blurted out “Guy, I have to tell you – you don’t think strategically at all”. While I can take a blow, I must admit that this came as a surprise to me; that is, until I learned exactly what is meant by strategic thinking.
I’m not sure if it’s just the time of the year for new beginnings, or if BON Hotels has captured the attention of tons of job-seekers in the hospitality industry. It seems that individuals who made an impression over the course of my own career, whether positive or negative, are now scurrying out of the woodwork and contacting me for work.