Feb 14, 2020
As season two of Evolution
Hospitality's podcast is launched, organizational restructuring,
rapid growth, and personnel change have created the perfect
storm. Evo's Chief Wellness Officer & host, Dr. Romie
Mushtaq interviews Chief Operating Officer, Will Loughran to
discuss how to lead and manage stress during times of
In this episode, we
- Evo is a company built on a
culture of practicing servant leadership, and the priority is
making sure everyone reaches their full
- What steps leaders can take to
combat the stress, anxiety, and fear that are natural during times
of organizational change?
- Will's advice is to come back
to our guiding principles including "giving each other the benefit
of the doubt" and "listen." In addition, we discuss managing
emotions along with managing expectations.
- Bringing that "Evo swagger" can
help the company to continue to grow and create multiple verticles
of inspired leadership.
Evolution Hospitality is a
third-party hospitality management company with corporate
headquarters in San Clemente, CA. For more information visit
- [04:12] There is so much going
on in the company right now.
- [04:36] After our merger, we
became the largest hotel company in the country.
- [04:49] John Murphy is moving
into an advisory role. Matt Raine our Business Development Leader
is going to work with our biggest partner.
- [05:20] Our leader of talent
acquisition is also going to join John Murphy in his new
- [05:33] All of this has created
a large amount of change.
- [06:28] People involved in
integration and working with the other teams are coming back very
inspired. They are excited about new resources and strategic
- [07:39] There is also a level
of anxiety from other people who feel a level of
- [08:32] Dr. Romie could
energetically feel the pause and the grief when the email was sent
- [09:09] We don't want to be
just the biggest company, we want to be a truly excellent company.
Will wants people to be confident and have that "Evo
- [10:28] We want to have an
incredible culture, but we are also very focused on
- [12:30] We need change
management and training. We introduce a new process or integration
- [13:31] The three programs that
have helped us is our mindfulness program called The Power of
Pause, emotional intelligence training, and are crucial
- [16:18] Guiding principles
include giving the benefit of the doubt and listening. Being
present is also critically important.
- [19:43] At Evo, we care for
each other as a company. You are safe, and you are cared
- [22:04] Bring your team
together and make it better than it was before.
- [23:58] Think about how to make
the broader company better. It's not us versus the parent
- [27:15] We need to maximize
performance in all verticals.
- [28:46] Will takes a pause by
riding his bike, meditation, and music. He loves Rock 'n'
- [30:50] Take the time to slow
down and spend one-on-one time with people.
- [32:00] Giving and accepting
feedback openly is a main guiding principle for
- [33:01] He wants to lead
everyone into making an incredible company in an inspired
Links and Resources:
Saturday Night Live Flight
Why Workplace Wellness &
Mindfulness is Important for Leaders & Culture: Interview with
Evo's President John Murphy