Question: What do all teams have in common? Answer: Each is unique and not like any other.

If you’ve ever been on a team or managed one, you know this to be true. Teams are made up of people with varied interests, different personalities, and different ways each person responds to advice and direction. And if you’re a manager, knowing how to manage a diverse team is one of the keys to doing your job successfully.

Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” So how do we get to what Ford calls success?

Team managers have to have the tools and flexibility needed as organizations grow and shrink. You have to know your individual team members and understand how to manage each one separately, and then the whole team as a group. Here are some key guidelines to keep in mind when managing a diverse team:

1) Understand individual strengths and skills. A manager should be focusing on how to get the most out of the strengths of his or her employees. When a team member’s day-to-day functional role is built around strengths, the person is highly more likely to find that role fulfilling and engaging. In destination marketing organizations, many teams can be small, and it’s necessary to wear many hats in any one position. It is important for a manager to understand where team members can best fill needs based on their strengths to ultimately succeed in their positions.

2) Know individual weaknesses. Understanding an employee’s weaknesses is just as important as knowing strengths. If someone is put in a role that targets weak points in a skill set, the person will be unhappy and most likely will fail in the role.

3) Understand your team’s generational tendencies. According to the Society for Human Resource Management’s Generation Differences Survey Report, nearly 60 percent of HR managers have observed conflicts arising from generational issues in the workplace. Understanding generational bents and why they occur can help managers understand their team members better. A great manager can adapt a managerial style to accommodate the generational differences faced in the workplace.

4) Know about what your team members are interested in outside the office. Managers need to make sure that they take time to get to know employees on a personal level. Learn about their families and what they do for fun. Building a personal relationship helps to facilitate a mutually respectful relationship. This will help build internal loyalty and reduce overall turnover.

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Team leaders and managers need understand that it takes all types of people to run an organization, and each person needs to be put in the best position to succeed. As a manager, one of your key responsibilities is to help get them there.

 

 

Connect Southeast
Oct. 3-5, Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Must be physically located in the Southeastern
    states
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect West
Nov. 9-10, San Francisco

  • Must be physically located in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and/or New Mexico
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Connect Winter Marketplace
Nov. 28-29, Washington, DC

Connect DC

  • Must be a Corporate or Association Planner that is physically located in the DMV area
  • Third Parties are allowed with completed Trusted Planner Form
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  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Med | Tech

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  • May be located anywhere in the United States
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  • Must demonstrate a solid 2-year event history

Connect Florida
Sept. 13-15, Kissimmee Florida

  • Corporate or national association planner based in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
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Connect Faith
Oct. 3-5, Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Must plan faith-based meetings & events
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Connect Spring Marketplace
May 22-24, Puerto Rico
M
ore than 2,000 event professionals are expected for this industry leading event in Puerto Rico. Tracks include:

  • Association
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • 2-year history planning events
  • Corporate
    • Financial
    • Medical
    • Technology
      • Event must be able to rotate nationally
      • 50+ room nights on peak
      • 2-year history planning events
    • Citywides
      • At least 1,000 room rights with 100,000 square feet of exhibit space
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      • Ability to rotate nationally
      • 2-year history planning events
    • Luxury & Incentive
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    • Sports
      • Rights holders and event planners for tournaments/competitions that rotate nationally with at least 50 room nights on peak
      • LGBTQ+ Summit

Connect Marketplace
Aug. 8-10, Detroit
More than 4,000 event professionals are expected for Connect’s largest annual event.

  • Association
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
  • Corporate
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
  • Specialty
    • Planners of SMERF (Social, Military, Educational, and Fraternal) events
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
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    • Solid 2-year history planning events
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
    • Women in Sports Tourism Forum
  • BizBash
    • Must be a decision maker who is responsible for the procurement of event activations and experiences
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    • Third Parties and Intermediaries are not yet allowed to participate
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