The Breakfast Briefing

Quote of the Week

“‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens”

The Onion produces the same article (with details changed) on every US mass shooting.

“In the hours following a violent rampage in Florida in which a lone attacker killed 17 individuals and seriously injured over a dozen others, citizens living in the only country where this kind of mass killing routinely occurs reportedly concluded Wednesday that there was no way to prevent the massacre from taking place. “This was a terrible tragedy, but sometimes these things just happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them,” said Indiana resident Harold Turner, echoing sentiments expressed by tens of millions of individuals who reside in a nation where over half of the world’s deadliest mass shootings have occurred in the past 50 years and whose citizens are 20 times more likely to die of gun violence than those of other developed nations. “It’s a shame, but what can we do? There really wasn’t anything that was going to keep this individual from snapping and killing a lot of people if that’s what they really wanted.” At press time, residents of the only economically advanced nation in the world where roughly two mass shootings have occurred every month for the past eight years were referring to themselves and their situation as “helpless.”

Tweet of the Week

Fried-chicken fans were in a flutter Monday after most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. and Ireland were forced to close because of a shortage of chicken. The company apologised to customers, blaming “teething problems” with its new delivery partner, DHL.

Article of the Week

“Enemies, traitors, saboteurs: how can we face the future with this anger in our politics?”
By James Graham in The Guardian

“The language we use in public and on social media has repercussions. The first step must greater civility.”

“The fact is we’re just not as nice to each other as we used to be. Many will say, with justification, look around at the poverty, the inequality, the smouldering black obelisk of Grenfell and the long list of abuse victims: now is not the time for nice. Nice is a privilege.”

“We rarely use our phones to make calls any more. Talking leaves you vulnerable, whereas messaging helps you edit. But without vulnerability, we can’t have intimacy. And without intimacy, real conversation dies.”  Read the full article here.

Activity of the Week

The development of International Charity Walks

In Italy, France and Austria – to give talent the challenge of supporting charity, embracing local cultures, learning and building new friendships. Little can be more important. It is time to find new answers. The existing processes are not succeeding and the truth is that talent need more. The answers exist. So does the proven expertise.
Find out more about ‘The Way of the Gods – Bologna to Florence’ (18-25 June 2018) by clicking here.

Gallery of the Week

EP Leadership Talk with rugby player Schalk Brits

Rugby player Schalk Brits who gave a fascinating insight into leadership and culture – of both his club Saracens and the Springboks.

The event, which included drinks, canapes and networking was sponsored by IndiCater, Sanlam UK and Sporting Wine Club. There is a strong need need to listen and learn from other cultures and industries and in bringing the world of Sport and Hospitality closer together.

Date for the diary: Next Leadership Talk will be 6pm to 8pm, Wed 14th March, central London.

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Video of the Week

Social Good – Hospitality can bring people together

In an age of high stress and loneliness, you don’t have to alone…
We live in an ever more connected world, but there is an increasing silo mentality.
We believe that the Hospitality industry has the power to bring people together.
For businesses to be at the heart of community and society.
There is a need for new leaders, one’s that embrace and care for society.
We can all rise to the challenge and choose to be those leaders.
This is more important today than ever before because it builds loyalty, true and new business.
Our challenge now is to raise the bar and to lead where others have fallen away.
Come and be involved.

Social Good of the Week

£10,000 raised for The Wiggly Worm at ACE Charity Dinner

Last week The Association of Catering Excellence held a spectacular Charity Dinner at The Langham London with 180 members and guests.

Michel Roux Jr.: “I’ve had some memorable times with The Wiggly Worm, helping people with a range of disabilities and mental health issues to secure jobs in the hospitality industry.”

Wiggly Worm’s MD, Abby Guilding: “This year, we want to open a ‘Community Kitchen’ hub in the city centre of Gloucester, to teach people with mental health issues and disabilities the skills required to cook healthy food independently, in a safe and fun environment.  Many never get the opportunity to try cooking for themselves, have limited access to fresh produce, and do not get the chance to sit and share meals with others.”

eHotelier Hospitality News

Wyndham Worldwide agrees to sell its European vacation rental business. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its European vacation rental business to Platinum Equity for approximately $1.3 billion.

Focus on ecological and social responsibility at ITB Berlin. Overtourism, integrating refugees and the financial viability of social tourism projects – the opening event will leave a zero carbon footprint for the first time.

Top seven meeting trends for 2018. Leading operator of independent, lifestyle hotels & resorts reports latest trends in corporate meeting planning.

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