Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lessons from Vegas

Very bright lights, very big city.  I really didn't go with expectations on this Las Vegas trip, but boy did I come back with some great insights.  I'll have to admit the Vegas culture definitely took me outside of my comfort zone.  Busy, bright, and occasionally shocking.  Our trip to Zappos was a highpoint, not only by design, but primarily because of who we met, how we were welcomed and what we observed.  What a generous group of people who manage to make a little money while daily fulfilling their mission of delivering happiness. Shoes optional.

My big lesson from the trip was really about us.  We are a flexible and free-flowing team.  With the exception of arrival, departure, and Zappos times, we had no agenda. Nevertheless, we filled the time from 6 a.m. until 4 a.m. (from what I heard).  Groups formed, shifted, and went places.  No one needed to be directed.  I loved seeing the initiative and the stories from everyone's outings. 

Most of all, I saw a lot of beauty.  I cherish the time to hang out at the pool and just be with friends.  I loved sharing the wonder of spectacle at the Bellagio fountain.  I was moved by the affection of family time at a huge Bay City Diner table.  And the laughter: constant, warm, encouraging, and deepening.  Go agents are a special group.  Not all of us attended the Las Vegas trip, but we are all from the same pool of magical and memorable people.  I'm already looking forward to the next trip.  Hope you will be there.