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The Chief Inspiration Officer: How Leaders Inspire Excellence

How Leaders Inspire Excellence

In the ever-evolving landscape of today’s business world, titles and roles frequently change to reflect the dynamism of the marketplace. However, my friend, Jack Miller, the General Manager of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, has taken a step that resonates far beyond mere semantics. He has rebranded himself as the “Chief Inspiration Officer.”

I wrote extensively about Jack and the Scottsdale Princess in my book, “ICONIC,” as a shining example of distinction. Jack is a leader who understands what it takes to be not just the best IN the world but the best FOR the world. This latest move is a profound testament to his commitment to leadership that inspires.

Leading Through Inspiration

The traditional view of leadership often involves guiding, directing, and managing. For some, it may even (unfortunately) mean ordering and dominating. But the truly transformative leaders are those who inspire. Inspiration fuels passion, sparks creativity, and nurtures the courage to innovate and take risks.

The Chief Inspiration Officer

Jack Miller’s title change is more than a novel moniker to which other leaders should aspire. It symbolizes a shift in focus from managing to actively inspiring a team. This isn’t about overseeing operations and finances; it’s about creating a culture where every team member feels driven to excel and contribute their best.

As the Chief Inspiration Officer, Jack embodies a leadership style that motivates his team through shared vision, purpose, and enthusiasm. He recognizes that his role is not just to tell people what to do but to help them discover why they do it and what they can achieve while simultaneously delivering an Ultimate Customer Experience.®

A Culture of Inspiration

This shift in leadership perspective fosters a culture where inspiration infuses every level of the organization. It encourages employees to think creatively and to strive for more than just meeting quotas or targets. It creates an environment where innovation thrives, and success is measured not merely by numbers but by the positive impact and distinctive contributions made.

When my favorite bartender, Jaimie Werling, announced he was moving from Indianapolis to Scottsdale, I suggested he contact the Fairmont. He’s now been there for several years – and tells me constantly that he continues to be inspired by Jack and his fellow leadership team. This resort attracts the best – like Jaimie – because they inspire.

The Ripple Effect

When a leader like Jack Miller emphasizes inspiration, it sets a precedent that extends beyond his immediate team. It conveys to the entire industry that leadership is not about maintaining the status quo. It’s about challenging it, growing, and constantly finding new ways to stand out and create distinction.

The Takeaway: Be the Best FOR the World

Jack Miller’s evolution from General Manager to Chief Inspiration Officer is more than just an interesting anecdote. It’s a lesson in how leadership can—and should—evolve to meet the unique challenges of today’s world.

If we want to lead teams that are not just efficient but exceptional, not just productive but passionate, we must lead through inspiration.

Jack’s example serves as a beacon for any leader aspiring to create distinction within their team or organization. It’s a reminder that titles and roles are flexible, but the core principles of leadership remain. Leaders inspire, elevate, and bring out the best in those around them.

May we all strive to be Chief Inspiration Officers in our respective fields, for it is the path to true distinction and enduring success.

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