Posted by: healingtheworkplace | December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hi there, how are you doing today? It’s December 31st and the end of the first decade of the 21st century. It’s been a decade full of turmoil and uncertainty.

In the West, daily, we are bombarded with news of the negative events that happen in our world.

But we also hear more and more stories of the good things that people are doing to help each other. There is hope but we all need to get involved in making our workplaces, our communities and our world better for all of us.

If we are really blessed we work for an organization that helps us to do this.

I’m spending New Year’s Eve with friends in Victoria. My partner and I are staying at the Marriott Hotel. We love the location and this time the hotel manager has put us on the 15th floor. We have a “birds eye view” of Victoria harbour, the Empress Hotel and the B. C. Legislature which is lit up at night. 

I like staying at the Marriott when I travel. The staff are from all over the world and they are really great.

A few years ago the hotel published a book with stories about their “associates”. If you go to and click on “our stories” you can read some of them.

The Marriott prides itself on having a “spirit to serve culture”.

The stories mentioned above focus on:

  • overcoming adversity
  • embodying a passion for service
  • achieving personal excellence

Although they don’t come out and state it the Marriott is focused on the “triple bottom line”. People, profits and community.

Today I’m going to ramble a bit.  December was a slow month for me. We went to Mexico and stayed at the Barcelo Colonial Resort. I’m fortunate enough to have money to travel to exotic resorts and stay in great hotels. Once in awhile anyway.

One thing that struck me while I was at the resort was that the people working there seemed to be enjoying themselves. I watched their interactions with the managers. They seemed to respect each other and appeared to be having fun.

Wishing you all the best in 2010.



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