If there is a common entrepreneurial sin, it is the failure to “get away”. Most business owners don’t want to completely close the door and walk away for any extended amount of time, but all of us need revitalization, rest, and time to think, brainstorm, and plan.
The A to Z group schedules business planning retreats every quarter, normally in a drivable location that is interesting, stimulating and relaxing. We will be in Galveston the last week in March, Wimberley (Texas Hill Country) in september and Sante Fe in December.
Besides ample free time, every day includes discussing goals, plans, innovations, and business problems and concepts. The diversity of business owners and partners is energizing. On the upcoming trip we have the executive director of a professional association, a newspaper broker, a minister, a plumbing company, a carpet cleaning company, a lawyer and a building/home inspection company owner.
Entrepreneurs tend to work 24/7. We lose vision, passion and money if we do not pause, correct our course and listen to others. We are also rewarded when we take the time to listen to other folks’ concerns about their businesses and share our insights with them. What an exciting, fun, profitable difference these getaways have made in the lives and businesses of the A to Z Group.
If you think you would like to organize a business getaway for your friends and business associates or might like to join us on a trip, call me. We’ll help you any way we can.
Earl Nightingale observed, “Five years from today you will be like the people with whom you associate today!” All the more reason to spend time with intelligent, industrious people who are devoted to their success—and yours.
Jack L Werner, PH.D., is the owner of A TO Z INSPECTIONS. He was the first designated Master Inspector by ORCIA (Oklahoma Residential and Commercial Inspection Association). Werner hold a degree in construction from OSU and teaches Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and Universal Design & Builders. He was honored by the Oklahoma Professional Women in Buildings Association as 2011 member of the year for his contributions to the organization. He can be reached at 405-412-7861.
Other members of the A to Z Group are Dennis Seagroves, Citywide Heat & Air 405-737-2525; Todd Feehan, Dad’s Plumbing, 405-602-2615; Vic Vickers, Handymen R US, 405-670-1733; John McFarland, DJ Roofing, 405-819-0231; Matt Evans, Mortgage Broker, 405-210-5680; Robert Elder, Millionaire Possibilities, 405-286-2000 ; Charles Goodwin D.D.S, Easy Dental, 405-670-3800.