Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Weekend in LaConner

It is no big secret that a lot of people go to La Conner to get away for a weekend. We spent a weekend recently in La Conner for the same reason—we wanted to get away from home and the home office to do some planning. So off we went, Celine, Brian and I to do some talking and planning for the 2013 business year. We discussed what went right and what went wrong with nothing left unturned. All topics held the same amount of importance because at the end of the day our decisions were for the company and the company is for our clients.
For me, the sights and sounds of the boats coming and going on the channel were very distracting. Fortunately, Celine knew that and threatened to pull the blinds so my focus could be maintained. We had a timer going to make sure we had a break every hour and a half and it was needed. There were treats to keep us going as the day wore on. Then at the end of the day we met Sarah and Brian for dinner. Not only was it the perfect way to end a day of brainstorming but we were feeling good because we knew that as a team we were looking down the same gun barrel toward the future.

I would suggest such a getaway for any management team, it provides an opportunity to open up and put new ideas on the table. Whether you are a business owner like I am, a farmer with management personnel, or a supplier with a management team, get away from the office, tune out the outside distractions, and let the ideas fly. Try it, you'll like it!