Melissa Verplank told me about this book she read once awhile back. It was called “The Wild Idea Club.” Instead of reading the book, I had a wild idea………why don’t we plan a beach retreat for our staff and have a wild idea club there?!
That meant I had to read the book.
I’m glad I did! It took nearly a year for me to get around to it, but once I did, I was filled up with ideas about how to generate even MORE ideas! Just what we needed, my husband told me sarcastically. There are always a plethora of ideas floating around our place, many of them on the wild side. And most of them cost money. Or time. Or both. And more often than not, these wild ideas also involve some kind of manual labor on the part of my husband. Thus the lack of enthusiasm.
The beach retreat idea was different though. He was all for it. I’m guessing that had something to do with NOT having to work, with a bit of sunshine and surf thrown in. As we talked through the logistics, we came up with another wild idea: set aside a retreat time for the CFMGs too!
The point of the staff retreat was to provide some R&R for our hardworking group and launch an NCGIA version of the Wild Idea Club. The purpose of the CFMG retreat was to treat them to their own mini vacation while, at the same time, providing them with as much access to business growth topics and conversation as they wanted to ingest in a 3-day period. A sort of private seminar on steroids.
Each retreat was an event all its own. I loved it! The whole of it turned out better than I imagined!! I am excited and inspired by all that took place over the course of a week at the seaside. The potential for growth just blows my mind! What we do with all of it will be the truly fun part.
Welcome to Del Boca Vista, oceanfront Garden City, SC. Eight private rooms with separate sitting areas that remind me of a tiny Biltmore Estate. Accommodations for an enormous crew, with a kitchen so big you can barely find a spoon when you need one.
It’s April, which means the weather is warming up, hitting 80 on some days, but tempered with a soft ocean breeze. The living areas on both floors open out to large sunny decks with a spectacular view of the coastline. Below, a pool and Jacuzzi.
This is where it all took place.
I want to tell you about our outrageous Wild Idea Club and the amazing time spent with CFMGs. I’m thinking each of these deserves its very own blog post. I’d better get busy! I have a lot to tell!