Sunswept Resorts is a management company with oversight for two resorts in St. Lucia – The BodyHoliday LeSPORT and Rendezvous. We pride ourselves in offering a holiday experience that is second to none. Our two products are very different.
The BodyHoliday experience is one of rejuvenation and well-being all within a relaxing beach vacation in a money free environment. ‘Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind.’ Rendezvous is a discrete, elegant, all-inclusive hotel for couples only. ‘Time is so precious, smart couples steal it.’
What was the need?
As we moved into the 5-star market, more effective leadership was needed to guide our employees to this new level of thinking and behaving.
What was the reason for choosing us?
I was scheduled to be in London in 2009, attending a workshop and conducting interviews. I had read Ali’s paper “From Transactional to Transformational Leadership” and Ali suggested we meet when I was over. So we did, over a casual cup of coffee. In that short meeting Ali highlighted all the issues that plagued our organization and showed me a path forward. I was sold!
What was the solution?
Ali visited my beautiful island and conducted a three-day workshop for the entire executive team and two of our Board members. She conducted that workshop with such grace and ease, highlighting all the key leadership components along the way, that one of our Board members invited Ali to conduct the same for his entire management team. I would like to add that this particular Board member did not think he could spare more than a few hours but remained for the entire programme. WOW!
What has changed/improved since you did this?
The journey has been extraordinary for our organisation. The impact has been so great that I have experienced an entire change in mindset amongst our executive team. We have become a true leadership team, far more understanding and tolerant of each other. We are now truly listening to and understanding each other’s perspective. It’s not perfect but we do know we are on a continuous journey of improvement. This is the result of Ali’s contribution to our continued success. Of course I am now a licensed practitioner of Ali Stewart & Co and so under her license I am able to share the programme with the wider leadership body.
What would your advice be to an organisation in a similar position?
Do not hesitate. Ali will take your leadership team on a journey they never thought possible. And to those who are willing to listen to her advice and guidance, I promise you, you will not be disappointed.
What is the best thing about working with us?
Ali has a team, some of whom I have met others I only know via email but this wonderful team of people headed by Ali epitomize all that Ali herself lives and breathes. She is a wonderful coach and facilitator. When she shares her tool kit with you, you will be amazed and all that she shares is founded on extensive research and her own experience and practices.