As Valor continues its commitment to connecting its global teams through its ‘Future Leaders’ programme, its US team joined the UK team earlier this month to explore the UK’s North West sites and attend joint development sessions to share best practices.
The Future Leaders scheme was designed to shape employee development and provide the opportunity for those identified as potential future leaders to take their careers to the next level. Originally created to guide operations managers into general managers, the scheme has now been widened to all senior management positions to create a pipeline of talent.
The five-day social and joint learning trip saw the US team stay in and experience all the offerings of the region’s leading hotels from Valor’s global portfolio, which included staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Manchester and Chester and Hotel Indigo in Liverpool.
The trip also included a joint UK and US development session which focused on ‘developing high-performing teams and included seminars and workshops on retaining, developing and transforming talent within the industry.
The sessions concentrated and expanded on the company’s strong ethos to proactively identify Hotelitarian talent with the following attributes:
- Seeks to develop and cement a culture of excellence in all teams.
- Coaches, develops, cares and supports both teams and individuals.
- Recognises and nurtures potential Hotelitarian talent for business success.
- Acts as an aspirational mentor to upcoming managers.
- Considers the impact on people as individuals when making decisions.
- Motivational and recognises, rewards, and publicises great performance.
- Recognises and deals with underperformance or disruptive behaviour which is affecting teams and morale.
- Creates engagement and fun.
- Strong emotional and socially conscious decision making.
- Stays relevant in thinking through self-development, education and reflection.
Euan McGlashan, Global Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer at Valor said: “It was such a great experience to be able to bring our UK and US Future Leaders together in such a fun and informative way. We are continuously sharing best practices, to allow everyone to gain insight into the cultures, styles, and trends of countries in which we work, live and play.
“This enables our leaders to become more inquisitive, more imaginative, and more innovative than they ever believed possible. Valor leaders know that our Hotelitarians are our success, and it is imperative for us to lead by example.”
It wasn’t all work though; the team was able to indulge the brilliant offerings from the three hotels they stayed in including visits to The Balloonist and dinner in the Garden Room in Chester, as well as in the Flight Club and Store Street in Manchester. The teams were also treated to dinner at the Liverpool Marco Pierre White restaurant, and all colleagues also had spare time to explore the regional cities.