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What You Missed!


i-3JrdGLN-X2Are You Playing Chess or Checkers when it comes to management and leadership? A question Michael Dominguez, Chief Sales Officer of MGM Resorts International, asked the sold-out crowd during the MPI Educational Luncheon held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center held January 16th. 

Most managers tend to use a Checkers strategy with their employees, assuming that each member of their team is motivated, interested and inspired by the same things – all pieces moving in the same direction. Teams are compiled of different personalities, skill-sets, and backgrounds that are driven by varying factors, making the game of leadership much more similar to Chess where the piece move in various directions. Dominguez referenced a quote from John Chambers, “Deal with the world the way it is, not the way you wish it was.” We must realize that change is inevitable and adapting to our ever-changing work environments is essential.  If we are not willing to adapt and change, studies show a staggering 40% of us will become irrelevant in the next ten years. Disrupt or be disrupted!

Dominguez went on to discuss the importance of EQ vs. IQ.  EQ, emotional quotient or emotional intelligence, is a critical skill for a good leader.  Understanding that most people share the same universal fears; Fear of Death, Fear of the Outsider, Fear of the Future, Fear of Chaos and Fear of Insignificance. Leaders need to be inquisitive and listen intently to hear the needs of their team members and respond to those needs.  

In addition to being attuned to your team, leaders also share five characteristics: they know how to rally people to a better future; they provide clarity, they are impatient for change, they are unsatisfied with the status quo, and they strive to develop other leaders. Leaders have a vision, but are not necessarily visionaries; leaders are authentic, real not perfect; and they believe in their mission. 


One of the most powerful points Dominquez shared was gratitude.  Two of most powerful words that are underused – Thank You.  Thank you, Michael, for an inspiring and applicable lesson in leadership. Thank you Gaylord Rockies for being a fabulous host, the views were stunning and catering team did a fantastic job feeding all 200 MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter Members and guests!

Michael Dominguez waived his speaker fees and MPIRMC made a donation to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on his behalf.  More information on this outstanding organization can be found here: 

Thank you to Visit Aurora for your Program Sponsorship

Thanks also go to our additional sponsors All Digital Photo & Video (photos of the event are here), Hermes Worldwide Transportation and RegOnline by Cvent.

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