The key takeaways here listed were taken from the Hospitality Resilience Series’ sixth session held on April 14th 2021, hosted by Jonathan Humphries, Chairman HoCoSo, Chris Mumford, Founder CERVUS Leadership Consulting, Jon Hazan, Executive Coach ATLAS Coaching, with special guest Dr. Yves Givel, Senior Vice President of Human Resources Europe, Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Utilising mindfulness practices with Dr. Yves Givel for the Hospitality Resilience Series

The practice of mindfulness has gained widespread popularity over the past 15-20 years as individuals and organisations have recognized the benefits of living and acting with greater awareness and presence. Becoming more aware of our internal state and external environment helps us be more attentive, more creative, compassionate, more resilient and less anxious.

Yves Givel, Senior Vice President Human Resources – Europe, Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, has experienced first-hand the positive benefits of mindfulness both for himself as well as for his organization. A certified teacher with the Search inside Yourself Leadership Institute, Yves has successfully integrated mindfulness into the Hyatt leadership model and organisational culture.

We were delighted to welcome Yves as a guest on our most recent Hospitality Resilience Series session in which he led us through a mindfulness practice and helped us explore the topic of Adaptive Resilience.

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>>  Key Takeaways

    • Becoming more aware of our internal state and external environment helps us be more attentive, creative, compassionate, resilient and less anxious.

    • If we imagine the way we individually are dealing with the world at the moment, we arrive at the conclusion that the world we’re living in doesn’t really help.

    • Historically, stress has developed over thousands of years in us. It’s part of our evolutionary system that helps us to minimise threat and maximise reward.

    • While most people believe all stress is bad, scientists have discovered a different kind of stress called Eustress.

    • Awareness increases the bandwidth of communication thereby allowing us to see clearly what’s happening internally.

    • Resilience, is the ability to bounce back from challenging situations and effectively adapt to change and thrive.

    • Once we become aware of what’s happening in our mind and our body, we gain the ability to navigate these emotions and by reciprocity, our ‘threatening’ environment.


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Our thanks to Yves for his time, his thoughts, and his excellent advice.

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About the author

Jad Haidar - JournalistJad Haidar

Leveraging over 20 years of writing as a seasoned journalist, Jad has interviewed globally reputed personalities in the advertising, communication and hospitality industries. He is a storyteller at heart, crafting balanced and informative articles for readers. He was the features writer for ArabAd and Hospitality News magazines in the Middle East for the past 10 years and is currently a webinar writer for HoCoSo. Before becoming a journalist, he spent 5 years teaching English. He holds a B.A. in English Literature and communicates in 4 languages.

About HoCoSo

HoCoSo are advisors with a difference.

We create tailor-made and innovative solutions for clients’ hospitality-led projects by bringing together the optimum team of sector specialists.

Jonathan Humphries, Chairman and Owner of HoCoSo, and his direct team specialize in the extended-stay, co-living, and hotel-alternatives hospitality market; luxury, lifestyle and boutique hotels; and resort developments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Our strengths lie in the following core services: