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I Want Your Job!!

By Ken Vincent, Featured Contributor

I once interviewed a lady for the position of General Manager for one of our hotels.  We went through the usual topics that are covered in such an interview.  I found some of the information good, some neutral, and some not exactly what I wanted.  That is always the way of an interview isn’t it?  But, the bottom line was that she was clearly one of the top three options for the position.

jobOn a whim I asked her what type of position she saw herself in five years down the road.  Without blinking an eye she said, “I want to have your job!”

Well, that was pretty direct, so I asked how she planned to get my job.  Her answer was equally straight forward.  She said, “I expect to apply my strengths consistently and improve on my weaknesses.  I plan to support my staff and together we will make the hotel successful.  I will pick your brain at every opportunity to learn everything that you know.  I plan to work harder and smarter than any of your managers.  I will train people to take my job, while I work to make you look good and be promotable so there is a vacancy.”

I hired her.  I learned something there.  I liked having people that wanted my job.  They were motivated, they had a plan, and they were like sponges that absorbed everything that I and their staffs could teach them.  They also made my job easier in the bargain.

Do you hire people that want your job?


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Ken Vincent
Ken Vincenthttp://sbpra.com/KennethVincent/
KEN is a 46 year veteran hotelier and entrepreneur. Formerly owned two hotels, an advertising agency, a wholesale tour company, a POS company, a leasing company, and a hotel management company. The hotels included chain owned, franchises, and independents. They ranged in type from small luxury inns, to limited service properties, to large convention hotels and resorts. After retiring he authored a book, “So Many Hotels, So Little Time” in which he relates what life is like behind the scenes for a hotel manager. Ken operated more that 100 hotels and resorts in the US and Caribbean and formed eight companies. He is a firm believer that senior management should share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of management.

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