So many questions and so many answers about virtual versus in-person meetings.
This 38-page white paper digs into big issues. How important is meeting in person to culture, teamwork, morale, and attrition risk? What’s the best-for-your-job mix of in-office and remote work? Do business leaders want to travel more or less? What’s the sustainability priority in their view?
And plenty more. With insights from 522 business leaders on how to decide which way to meet (hint: think about “meeting friction”, and three other factors.)
You’ll find new frameworks for managing travel and meetings much more strategically. (See this quick 10-question test of any company’s travel strategy, and Trip Tester, our new tool for ensuring travel is justified.)
You can register here for your free copy. If you like the paper, please share the registration link rather than the paper. You’ll make the sponsors happy. A big thank you to CWT, Cytric by Amadeus, and Delta Air Lines for supporting this high-quality research on these very timely topics.
The first-ever one-day workshop on airline sourcing was a big success! About 70 delegates worked their way through the key success factors for sourcing this important spend category. NBTA‘s post-event survey measured two key factors:
The change in the level of understanding of airline sourcing (definitely improved, above), and the overall satisfaction with the event (quite high, below). Continue reading →
Yesterday I led a full-day workshop on travel procurement at NBTA’s annual conference. We had a terrific group of about fifty folks participate. About two-thirds came from travel backgrounds, and about a third came from the procurement side. Lots of good interaction throughout the day.
We’re moving into the hotel sourcing season, so take a moment and think about your favorite little black dress or your best power suit. What makes it your favorite? And how the heck does this relate to hotel sourcing?
Great clothes project the image you want. They send signals. They help define your image. And if you’ve chosen carefully, they help achieve your goals. But they’ll only do that if your clothes fit like a glove. See where this is going? Continue reading →
Some forms of simplicity are pure genius. Therein lies the lesson for all you travel managers who wrestle with travel policy issues. After all, it’s not changing the words in the policy that matters – it’s changing people’s behavior. Let’s learn from Starbucks how a simple chalkboard can be the centerpiece of a massive campaign to change people’s behavior. Continue reading →
What the heck does baking have to do with travel data reporting, you ask?
It makes for an interesting metaphor. I used this concept in the speech I gave at the ACTE Canada conference this week in Toronto. I’ll admit that the skit was a bit hokey, but the points about poor preparation of data, half-baked analysis and hanging Christmas lights on plain-jane data were too good to pass up.
This post continues the thread from “Deciding How to Decide”. Here, I deal with the common case of having to choose from suppliers that seem comparable on non-price dimensions.
One of the things that makes sourcing the travel category unique is the need to factor in traveler behavior. Therein lies the key to selecting a winning bid from suppliers who look the same.
Let’s assume that you have a set of bids from a variety of suppliers, and that you don’t see much difference among them on the relevant quality dimensions. That leaves you free to focus on price as the deciding factor, right? Of course not…you know it’s never as simple as that. Here’s what you should do: Continue reading →
This post continues the thread “Why Travel Disses Procurement…And What To Do About It“. In that post I explained why procurement has a bad reputation among many (not all!) travel managers, and two steps that will help travel managers overcome this problem. This post describes the third step.
How does sustainable travel relate to travel procurement? Airline emissions of CO2 account for about 3% of global CO2 output. Not the biggest emitting industry, but a very visible one. Many companies are taking a closer look at what they – and their suppliers – are doing to reduce carbon emissions. Travel is a topic that comes quickly to mind.
The question is how can you keep people on the road but have a positive impact on your CO2 reduction goals? Here’s one answer: Continue reading →