The Club Insider Archives: March 2017
For the LOVE of It
By: Justin Cates
Justin CatesThe manifestation of love is a beautiful thing. It is sometimes one of those things that can be hard to explain, yet, you know exactly what it looks like when you see it. It creates a warmth inside. It can motivate. It can be a reason for doing something as well as the end result. When you experience it, you want to share it. Even if you don't have it, you can still give it to others. Love is the fuel of purpose to create something better. At Club Northwest, love has become as powerful as currency. As a mission, love has created their higher purpose. That purpose has served to motivate and inspire. Over 20 years, that has fueled growth of a facility that is not your typical health and fitness club offering. It has become something much more for the community of Grants Pass, Oregon. Read More...
The Five Hardest Lessons You Will Ever Learn In The Fitness Business
By: Thomas Plummer
Thomas PlummerHard lessons in life, and business, are usually the end result of someone denying the truth until the truth kicks their ass. We call these lessons, "hard," because not grasping these ideas earlier in our careers, or life, cost us so much time and money doing everything, "the hard way." Small business owners are often forced to learn these lessons quickly when things go bad. You wake up someday with about $10 left in your account and a letter from the landlord that you are going to get booted. All of a sudden, you are now open to a few new ideas! Read More...
Or, Why Sometimes Working Together is So Difficult - Part II
By: Dr. Gerry Faust
Dr. Gerry FaustLet's take a deeper look at each of the four management styles: "P" - Producers: There are people who, by personality, are just born to "P." These are results-oriented people who take pride in being hard workers. They are focused on achieving goals. Management by objectives is an approach that really works for them. They come to work early, leave late and generally carry work home with them even if they won't get a chance to work on it. Read More...
Don't Go There: What NOT to Ask During a Job Interview
By: Melissa Knowles
Melissa KnowlesRecruiting and interviewing are among some of the toughest skills for many new hiring managers to acquire. Analyzing a candidate's ability to perform, the likelihood of them committing to the team for the long-term, as well as their fit within the company culture, all within the span of a 45-minute interview, is a challenge. A hiring manager should focus on developing a carefully curated list of questions for each position. These questions should seek to gather as much information as possible about the candidate. However, regardless of the position, there are some questions that are legally off limits. What follows are some areas in which an interviewer should tread very carefully, or not at all. Read More...
The New World of Lighting for Health Clubs
By: Bruce Carter
Bruce CarterAs you are aware, the club industry has been going through major changes in the past few years. What you might not be aware of is that the lighting industry has also been going through major changes, and if the right choices are made, this can have a powerful effect on achieving a motivating and energy saving environment for any type of club. New lighting standards created by Congress and the Department of Energy have been phasing in since 2012. These require that any bulbs sold need to use a minimum of 25% less energy, and certain types of incandescents can no longer be sold in the United States. Read More...
How to Minimize Your Potential Legal Exposure to Employment Disputes
By: Paul R. Bedard, Esquire
Paul R. Bedard, EsquireEmployment lawsuits, including claims of discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination, are among the most common lawsuits filed against companies in the United States. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), nearly 75% of all litigation against corporations involves employment disputes. It has also been reported that the median judgment resulting from an EEOC charge is approximately $200,000 and that the average duration of an employment claim is 275 days. Read More...
Is Your Organization's Culture Independent or Integrated?
By: Karen Woodard-Chavez
Karen Woodard-ChavezIn your organization, do you have an integrated culture or an independent culture? Do this simple comparison, and it will become very clear to you. Read More...
Leisure Sports Announces New Senior Executive Leadership Team Members
PLEASANTON, CA - Building on three decades of success in the health club and hospitality industries, Leisure Sports Hospitality has fortified its senior executive management team as it looks to expand its diverse portfolio of properties and services. Two new positions have been created to support these efforts. Erin Gilmour Watson has assumed the role of Senior Vice President of Growth, while Noah Rolland has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation. In their new roles, Watson and Rolland will help drive the opening of new sites, fitness club acquisitions, and the expansion of strategic partnerships. Read More...
Norm's Notes for March 2017
By: Norm Cates
Norm CatesHello Everybody! This is your Club Insider Publisher and Tribal Leader Since 1993 checking in with our 279th monthly edition of Club Insider! Read More...