Skeptics and eye-rollers love to catch people in contradictions. But what happens when you meet a leader who really does live a cliche? “Because of my upbringing, I was forced to decide that I could find an ‘opportunity’ inside every hardship,” the British chap said with humility. Please let me introduce you to Matthew Allnatt – the COO and General Manager of Jonathan Club in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California. He is the next speaker at the Good Leadership Breakfast on May 20.
Finding opportunity inside misfortune has been a consistent theme throughout the speakers of the Good Leadership Breakfast Series. Each has their own special sauce to add to the offering – weaving in their own perspectives on excellence, generosity and fairness – but it’s the eventual message about positivity that sparks the creativity and hope in our audience. Every time.
Matthew Allnatt was born in London, England, to loving parents who had his life planned out for him. But when his mother passed away when he was four years old, everything changed. His father was a workaholic and world-class hospitality entrepreneur who pursued his passions all over the world. “With my father traveling the world, that meant I grew up mostly in a boarding school where I had to really learn who I was on my own,” Matthew shared. His summers included exotic travel to see his father, where he learned foreign languages and soaked up his father’s passion for service and hospitality.
Today, his role as the chief executive of the largest social club west of the Mississippi is a summation of his life’s experiences: “I learned to run a hotel in Northern England, learned to run a resort in Bermuda, and learned to tend bar at the Santa Monica Beach Club in the United States,” he laughed. Along the way he honed his expectations for meticulous attention to detail (excellence), his passion for community service (generosity), his ability to treat each guest as a special person (fairness), and the uncanny ability to find an opportunity in every unexpected twist – that’s positivity.
“When I learned about this thing called The Seven Fs, I said Yes! – that’s the story of my life,” he beamed. “The most important thing in my life is my family, and I have dedicated my career to making the Jonathan Club the ‘home away from home’ to our members. We have the opportunity to bring alive faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future for everyone we touch. It’s a great life!”
Good leaders find an opportunity in every situation: personal and professional. And they help people be happy by spreading positivity.
Please share with me: What opportunity can you find today?
Less than 20 tickets remain for the Good Leadership Breakfast on Friday, May 20, 2016. Register here.