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When learning and camaraderie bond
September 15, 2008 | By Neil Ducoff | No Comments
Many of you are familiar with our Strategies Business Series/4.0. Better known around here as SBS/4.0, this learning experience is comprised of four training sessions, three days each, held at our Business Academy in Connecticut. But, when we started our tenth SBS/4.0 group earlier this year, little did we realize how dynamic this group of 45 owners and managers would become. The structure of SBS/4.0 spreads its four training sessions out over ten months with e-mail updates every Tuesday to the entire group. This progressive learning and interaction naturally creates camaraderie and sharing – but Group 10 rapidly took it to a no-compromise level.
From the start, there was something unique about Group 10. They shared business information, manuals and successful strategies freely. But things really got interesting when they began leaning on each other for support. The Tuesday e-mail updates quickly became their lifeline. When a couple of owners encountered some serious and unexpected problems, group members rallied with encouragement and solid strategies. As entrepreneurs, we all know how vital it is to have fellow business owners bring their strength and belief in your ability to succeed when the road ahead is dark and uncertain. Over the past seven months, I’ve watched with pride as this group collectively advanced their no-compromise leadership thinking and behavior.
In three weeks, Group 10 will reconvene at the Strategies Business Academy for their third session. This time, a number of owners are bringing partners and key staff members to share the experience and energy of the group. One spa owner actually had four key employees request that they too attend SBS/4.0 with her. When she said, “Let me figure out how we’re going to pay for the added expense and travel,” they replied, “We already paid for our own tickets.” That’s what I call inspiring.
Lisa Cochran, who we fondly refer to as Miss Mississippi, called me to ask if the town allows campfires on the local beaches to do a New England clambake. When I told her fires aren’t allowed, undaunted, Miss Mississippi called the local Chamber of Commerce. On her own, she organized a clambake through a local caterer to be held on Captain Mark’s charter boat, RiverQuest, on the beautiful Connecticut River just a mile from Strategies headquarters. Now we’ve got husbands, wives and children joining the group.
The point of this story is to express how essential it is for all business owners to come together every three months to learn, share and inspire each other. We designed SBS/4.0 as a venue for just that purpose. Over the years, we’ve refined the course content to achieve that special balance of learning and interaction. With Group 10, we perfected our “secret sauce” to teach no-compromise leadership both in the classroom and in between sessions.
We have another SBS/4.0 beginning on October 12th. If you want to truly raise the bar and learn what no-compromise leadership is all about, consider joining Group 11. Click on this link for more details.
Pass this email on to your business colleagues, managers and friends.
Neil Ducoff, Strategies founder & CEO
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