One of my greatest philosophies – and a phrase those who know me will often hear me say – is: “There is a time to plan and a time to do; never do when you plan and never plan when you do.”
Quite a tongue twister, I admit, but this simple rule has served me well during my career and it is a directive I instil in my management team. Any project that needs to be executed well has to be planned. Any task that was begun without proper planning and due diligence is almost always a failure. Hindsight is not always a wonderful advantage as you are never able to retrieve those lost hours that could have been spent in planning. Conversely, it’s no good attempting to plan when you need to be implementing. The success of a good plan lies in its execution and if you have clarified the map, the road is already paved.
The BON team have spent many an hour planning as we “set up shop”, focussing on our brand values and team culture, refining our policies and procedures, building a team of expert industry people, studying the latest hospitality and hotel guest trends, developing brand-new tools, formulating and perfecting our BON Blueprints; this and more, all in order to fulfil our vision of creating an “owner-, staff- and guest-centric company” that would define a new era in hotel management.
A year and a half into BON Hotels, we can safely say that we have done our planning well and the time to DO is upon us. Very exciting it is, as we embark on growing our portfolio by taking over management and ownership of two new hotels within the first two weeks of April. It is time to put the plans in motion and let the gears of BON Hotels accelerate on their journey!
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry