The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - 53

CULTURE

Personally, I think of the fact that I
was born with 5 thumbs and the limited ability to fix anything. Well, hello
Google and YouTube. Next thing you
know, I'm Tim the Tool Man Taylor!
The result of this commoditization is
that businesses start to look an awful
lot alike. If your potential customers
can't figure out what makes one product or service different from another,
then how do they make their decision?
You guessed it ... price! And when all
else is perceived to be equal, people
buy the lower price. Business survival
becomes exponentially more difficult
when competing on this basis, as margins begin to erode.

What separates you from
the crowd? How are
you different from your
competitors? Regardless
of your industry, you
have to find a way to
differentiate yourself.

It's the how, not the what
So how do companies manage to
compete and thrive in this commoditized market? They don't win because
of what they offer; rather, they win
because of how they go about offering
it! It's how their people work together,
how they treat customers, and how
they interact with vendors and suppliers that sets them apart.
Your real and lasting differentiation comes from the behaviors of your
employees, not your product, price, or
service model. That doesn't mean you
deliver sub-par products and services.
You still have to be innovative, creative, and focused on improvement.
They're the minimum requirements to
be in the game. But they're not enough
for a lasting competitive advantage.

Creating a sustainable
competitive advantage
One of my favorite examples of a
company that wins based on the behavior of its people is the Ritz-Carlton hotel
chain. People don't go to a Ritz-Carlton
because their beds are more comfortable or their rooms are bigger. They
go because of the way they're treated.
People share legendary stories about
amazing experiences they've had when
staying at a Ritz-Carlton property.
Here's the thing I find most fascinating, though: Ritz-Carlton teaches
classes at their headquarters where
anyone can learn their "secrets"-how
they manage to get their people to consistently "out-behave" their competitors. Take a moment to consider that.
You work for the Hyatt Regency and
you can sign up take a course where
Ritz-Carlton will reveal the keys to their
competitive advantage! How many of
us would invite our competitors in and
show them everything we're doing?
Not many, I'll bet.
So why would Ritz-Carlton be willing
to do this? Because their competitive
advantage is wrapped up in how their
people behave, and that's so deeply

embedded in the DNA of their culture, they know that most competitors won't have the commitment and
the discipline to make it happen, even
when they've been given the formula!
Ritz-Carlton isn't alone in sharing their
formula with the public, including
competitors. Companies like Disney,
Zappos, Zingerman's, and many others
have actually created entire businesses
around teaching other companies the
keys to their success. Sounds pretty
crazy, doesn't it?
But here's the important thing:
They're not the least bit worried that
competitors will be able to pull it off.
That's the power of being able to differentiate by your people. Not only is it
the last remaining opportunity for competitive advantage in a commoditized
world, but it's the most sustainable
competitive advantage you can create,
because it's so darn hard to copy. And
of course, creating a team of people
who all consistently behave in a differentiated way is driven completely by
the culture of the organization.

Attracting and
retaining talent
Beyond the critical issue of competitive advantage, there are many other
financial implications of working on
your culture. Think about your ability to attract and retain key talent. As
the millennial generation begins to
dominate the workforce, we're seeing
a significant shift in what's important
from a workplace. More than any of
their predecessors, Millennials want
to feel connected to their work. They
want to feel a sense of shared purpose.
They'll take a job for less money, and
stay at a job, if they feel aligned with
the organization's culture. That's not
to suggest that we should pay them
less, of course, but rather it's to suggest that culture is a major factor in the
ability to recruit and retain the talent
necessary to succeed at a high level.
And while this may be especially true
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018

Chairman’s Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor’s Note
Ask Your MHEDA Board
2018 MHEDA Calendar
MHEDA MEMBER PROFILE
@ WORK
WOMEN IN INDUSTRY
INDUSTRY PULSE
Exhibitors Showcase Guide and Floor Plan
Exhibitor Summaries
DESIGNING YOUR BUSINESS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
UPSIDE, PROFITING FROM THE PROFOUND DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS AHEAD
9 QUESTIONS FOR LEADERS
WHEN PROCESSES ARE NO LONGER OPTIONAL
CAN YOU STILL COMPELETE ON YOUR VALUE ADDED?
KEEPING PACE WITH CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS
WHY CULTURE?
WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE NEW GUY/GIRL?
DATA-DRIVEN TECHNIQUES TO TRANSFORM YOUR DIGITAL MARKETING
NEW DISC DASHBOARD
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA Milestones
Index of Advertisers by Product Category
Index of Advertisers Alphabetically
The Last Word
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - Chairman’s Perspective
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - From the Desk of Liz Richards
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - Editor’s Note
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - Ask Your MHEDA Board
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - 2018 MHEDA Calendar
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - MHEDA MEMBER PROFILE
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - @ WORK
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - WOMEN IN INDUSTRY
The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - INDUSTRY PULSE
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - Exhibitors Showcase Guide and Floor Plan
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - Exhibitor Summaries
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - DESIGNING YOUR BUSINESS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - UPSIDE, PROFITING FROM THE PROFOUND DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS AHEAD
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - 40
The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - 9 QUESTIONS FOR LEADERS
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - WHEN PROCESSES ARE NO LONGER OPTIONAL
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - CAN YOU STILL COMPELETE ON YOUR VALUE ADDED?
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - KEEPING PACE WITH CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - 51
The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - WHY CULTURE?
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE NEW GUY/GIRL?
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - 57
The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - DATA-DRIVEN TECHNIQUES TO TRANSFORM YOUR DIGITAL MARKETING
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - 60
The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - NEW DISC DASHBOARD
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - New Members
The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - Spotlight on Association News
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The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - MHEDA Milestones
The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - Index of Advertisers by Product Category
The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - Index of Advertisers Alphabetically
The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2018 - The Last Word
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