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Change... And How You Deal With It.

There is an old cliche in business that change is good. Wouldn’t it be nice of it were just that simple? In business, just as in life….change is inevitable. Whether it
is good or bad, depends on what you do with it.

You can prepare for change all your life, but the moment it happens will still take you by storm. Change is going to cause some sort of fear and doubt because change makes things different and different naturally makes people uneasy.

So, what are you going to do with change when it confronts you and your organization? Jump on it! Be proactive and do everything you can to ease that fear and doubt as soon as you can. Remember, a strong culture runs much deeper than any individual or idea but it will take action to remind everyone of that.

First, ease that fear and doubt caused by change and then take a look around. Pay close attention to what is going on after change occurs. Who is stepping up and thriving on this change? What windows of opportunity have opened up now? And, most importantly, what actions need to take place to take advantage of those opportunities? New leaders and innovation will emerge, but don’t miss them because you are not paying attention.

Chris Plummer
General Manager
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Sales and Marketing
Teambuilding At Nemacolin!

Get Ready... Get Set... GO! Now is the time to inspire your team and promote creativity, bonding and trust. Nemacolin Teambuilding specializes in adventures for corporate groups, youth programs, universities, day groups, field trips and sports organizations.

Check out the video below featuring last week's
Ski Dummy Races Teambuilding Event at Mystic Mountain

Here is what the group had to say:
“I wanted to thank you again for the terrific team building activity that you organized for our group. It was definitely a hit – they are still talking about it. It achieved all of my goals – to network and meet new people, have fun, laugh and enjoy the outdoors! It was nice to see our hard-working general manager’s act like kids again! Thanks again. It was one of the best- if not the best activities we have ever done!” - Bonnie S., PA

For more information or to plan your next Nemacolin Teambuilding Event, please contact Eric McElhone at 724.329.6396 or by email at

Nemacolin Watches Undercover Boss!

Nemacolin is always looking for more ways to introduce people to our great resort. Sure, we thought about a Super Bowl AD, but just could not come up with the right story board. So we watched the Super Bowl and while some of the commercials were great… it was what came after the big game and advertising that hit us... "UNDERCOVER BOSS!" Now, that is the ticket.

In case you missed it, Waste Management President and C.O.O. Larry O’Donnell went undercover within his Fortune 200 company, posing as a new recruit and worked along side his employees cleaning porta-potties and working the conveyor belt. Check it out Here.

Not expecting much from reality TV... I was blown away. Often, these shows are staged for maximum effect. If "Undercover Boss" was staged, Waste Management has more guts than I imagined. Their sins were right there for the world to see. Would anyone else have the courage to do that with their business? Kudos to Waste Management!

Some of the things Larry found out by visiting various job locations within the company were very shocking. In Syracuse, New York, female trash route driver, Janice, described the affects corporate's stress to maintain productivity had on her position. As a female truck driver, Janice would not stop to take a restroom break because of time restraints, instead she used a can. Yes, a can!

Larry was also fired during one of his jobs. At the Central Landfill in Pompano Beach, Florida, Larry could not pick up trash fast enough. Larry's boss for the day, Walter, told him it is not "rocket science," when Larry asked a few questions about how to pick up trash effectively. It was hilarious television. Unknowingly, Walter let the C.O.O. know he was not "able to cut the mustard." It was the first time Larry was ever fired from a job.

There were a few other interesting segments including Jaclyn, an administrative assistant that was doing the job of seven plus staff members due to budget cuts. Many of the challenges Waste Management faces comes from revenues that have remained flat. One of the basic ways to improve such a company is obviously becoming more productive.

Larry found that his decisions within the company may have gone too far. In the end of the show, after seeing the struggle the front line associates dealt with during their various day-to-day jobs, Larry revealed himself to each associate and made positive changes in each area.

In your business today, have you gone too far? Do you even know about the struggles your associates have? And if so, would you be comfortable letting national television watch?

We are! Sign Nemacolin up. Here we come CBS!

- For more info on Waste Management and the ways they are improving our environment through their Waste to Energy Plan, Click Here.

Tom Smith
Vice President of Sales
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

General, Leadership
To Keep Or Drop "Resort"... That Is The Question.

The other morning while I was hopping around various Internet sites gathering the daily news, I came upon this article in the Wall Street Journal. It is a well written article about how some resorts in the country are dropping the word “resort” from their names because it was a road block to landing some conferences. I hope some of you reading it get as mad as I did.

I do not believe that the experiences that last a lifetime between you and your children are made at a “Hotel or Lodge.” Do you really want to reward your best associates for a job well done at a “Conference Facility?” Can you build the relationships with potential or existing clients that lead to improved sales at a “Convention Center?” I don’t believe so.

I do believe that the operators of those properties dropping the word “resort” should have spent a lot more time developing their culture and motivating their people to create spectacular sales and marketing plans and less time convincing their owners and board of directors that dropping the word “resort” will solve problems.

We are going to keep the “Resort” in Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. It is what we are, our associates are very proud of that and all our guests deserve it.

Chris Plummer
General Manager
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Leadership is Trust.

Nemacolin was recently honored to host a luncheon with the Greater Washington Board of Trade with guest speaker Meg Whitman. Meg proved that running a multi billion-dollar corporation is possible on the power of trust. She also found another role for technology beyond saving costs and creating efficiencies. Has your business done this?

We were fortunate to host Meg for a powerful lunch to begin her nationwide tour for her new book. In "The Power of Many," Meg who was the President and CEO of eBay, speaks to these two powerful attributes. She also identifies ten core values that steered her and can steer you to success without ethical compromise. During her decade at the helm of eBay, Meg transformed the tiny start-up into a nearly $8 billion global powerhouse. She revolutionized the way goods are bought and sold online.

The lunch was powerful and candid. She showed us that trust, authenticity and courage are not naive nor are they a luxury. They are essential tools we need in our business. Meg showed us that achievement can and should be teamed with optimism, trust and honesty. Her book offers the insights and motivation we need to propel ourselves to "the next level, or scale," as Meg said, "in business and in life." As I was driving home, I knew that we do a really good job at her key points, but where can we improve?

It made us delve closely into the trust our guests have when they visit Nemacolin. We have one opportunity to make their visit memorable. How can we engender more trust from our guests? It’s a question we will be working very hard to move to ‘the next scale’ on moving forward.

Meg Whitman was the CEO of eBay from 1998 to 2008, growing the company into an unparalleled engine of global e-commerce. Her thirty-year career includes helping many companies, including Stride Rite, Bain & Company, Procter & Gamble, Disney and Hasbro. In 2009, she announced her candidacy for Governor of California.

Tom Smith
Vice President of Sales
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort