Just Think "It's important to view all employees as valued assets, and treat them with the personal dignity and respect that they're entitled to as human beings. If you do that, it's a smart business decision."

Source: William Brehm, executive chairman, SRA International, as quoted in Dream Makers by Michele Hunt (1998, Davie-Black Publishing)

Need a Read? We have to admit, Fat Free Meetings by Burt Albert (1996, Peterson's) initially caught our eye because of its clever title. But the book actually has a lot of heft to it. A chapter titled "Endless Corkscrews" talks about how to direct, and even map, collaborative discussions, while "And the Oscar Goes To ..." discusses the various stakeholders who attend meetings and how to view an event from their perspective. Overall, this book is a downright funny look at making company meetings more effective!

New Sensation Sure to be a draw for incentive groups, Palazzo Versace opened this past summer on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The late fashion designer Gianni Versace's vision--to create a place of renaissance beauty, serenity, and grace--has come to life with this 146-room, 59-suite resort on the Broadwater, just next to Marina Mirage, the world-class shopping venue. Speaking of shopping, there's a Versace boutique at the entrance to the Grand Ballroom (which can seat 600 theater-style). Operator Sunland Hotels and Resorts aims to open several other Versace hotels in the coming years and to be "the most preferred, brand-recognized, and profitable ultra-deluxe chain within 10 years."

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