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Take a hike – fun and productive meetings

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Sitting around a conference table is one way to talk about company strategy, but there’s another way.  I like to take a hike.

IMG_0195Getting out of the office is a good way to shake things up.  As time goes by, we are learning that we should actually plan to be out – doing something active really gets our creative thoughts working better.

A few years ago, when we had our sales meeting for JobTracker, we planned to have a little time off to go to the beach, boogie board, and hang out.  It was just half a day out of the whole time we had allotted to get together.

At the beach, while we were all floating in the water, we came up with a new product, new pricing, and talked about new approaches to selling our products.  We didn’t even realize it at the time, but I think we made some fundamental changes to the business – figuring out that we need to keep trying to  undercut our existing products with new ones that are cheaper and easier to use.IMG_0179

About a year ago, Ted and I were trying to hammer out some features – sitting in my office, getting bored and hungry, and not making any progress.  So, we decided that it’d be a good idea to walk to lunch and think about it when we got back. 

Instead, we kept talking through a problem that had been frustrating our customers and making support hard.  And, on that walk we came up with a different approach.  Looking back, we radically improved one of the hardest parts of our software.

Now we just came back from our strategy meeting – and we walked or hiked the whole time.  And once again, we planned some radical changes to our business, marketing and sales.  And once again, my to-do list has 15 new things on it.

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Written by Harry Hollander

July 31, 2009 at 7:14 am

Posted in Strategy

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