Why this NRI thinks “I will” beats IQ [The Culture Guy Podcast]


Why Mitch Patel thinks skills can be taught and not attitude

Mitul “Mitch” Patel is the founder and CEO of Vision Hospitality Group, Inc., which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. Mitch is the son of immigrants from India – his father came to California from a village in Gujarat with $8 in his pocket. Today Mitch leads an organization with more than 1,000 employees. Vision currently has a portfolio of over 30 hotels and a pipeline of 19 hotels in development affiliated with brands such as Marriott, Hilton, and InterContinental.

On this episode Mitch explains why he strongly believes that a mindset of “I will” will beat IQ any day. He also introduces the acronym NRI, which in India is bestowed upon people from India who no longer live in India: non-resident Indian.
As an employer and as a real-life example for the American Dream, Mitch attributes a lot of his company’s success to culture. He makes a strong point about honoring people’s emotional register: “You have to make deposits first before you can withdraw from it.”

You can connect with Mitch via LinkedIn or Twitter; find the Vision Hospitality Group on Facebook and on Twitter. Since The Culture Mastery’s charity partner is Second Life it is worth mentioning that Mitch is also an advocate for ending human trafficking in the hospitality industry.


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