Lynda Arakawa, writer for the Business Section of the Honolulu Advertiser, and I had a conversation this past week about different success stories we’ve seen here in Hawaii in the visitor industry, in contrast to the local concerns that we’re losing so much talent to more attractive job opportunities outside the islands.
She wrote two different articles for this morning’s paper on it, and she quoted me in the second one, “What it takes to be a hotel executive.”
You can fill in the blank of my title with something other than “hotel.” Lynda’s outline provides you with a suggested outline of tips despite the field you’re in:
- Don’t be shy
- Be flexible
- Work in different properties and destinations
- Broaden your skills
- Hone your math skills
Her companion article shares those success stories I mentioned, and it includes a quote from another member of our Ho‘ohana Community, Mike Tasaka, general manager of the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower and Aston Waikiki Beachside hotels: “Homegrown talent preferred.” We’d met Mike here on Talking Story back in December.
As you can imagine, my attention was drawn to this quote;