Sunday, September 20, 2009

Well, here it is Sunday night, I've had a couple days with my daughter, a chance to relax a little and I've even unpacked my suitcase, something that usually doesn't happen for a least a week after I get home. I'm up and working, because there's server maintenance to be done, minor routine stuff, but it's all part of the job.

I'm not fighting that typical Sunday night 'the weekend is over' blues though, and I think it's because of the Workshop. I'm actually looking forward to tomorrow morning. I'm wondering who is going to call first. I'm excited that there's a chance I'll have just met whoever calls. I hoping a good chunk of our subscribers will remember having met me, and be just a little bit more likely let me help with a problem even though I'm not Leigh or Andrea.

But mostly, I'm excited because Live Oak is now a 'thing' instead of just being a 'idea.' We've seen huge parts of it work, we've heard more about what it will do for our subscribers, we've witnessed it in action, and we've been amazed. When I tell someone "well, right now you can only have ONE current meeting, but we're going to make sure that's not the case in the next version" I'll know there's a good chance the person I'm talking to has seen it work, or has heard about it from someone else, or will have a chance to see it soon in a web presentation. It's a reality now, and I think that's... well... neat.

And, yea, it'll be exciting to hear from all the amazing people I've met. I'm already looking forward to next year when I have a chance to hear about everything Live Oak has done for our subscribers.

BoardDocs Reflections

St. Louis is a 2 1/2 hour flight from Salt Lake City. As I rode back home yesterday, I couldn't help but replay the past few days in my mind.   We shared many things together in Park City at the beautiful Stein Lodge.  We watched and smiled as Ari gave a preview of what is to come in the New BoardDocs.   We listened and even shed a tear as Kevin Carroll shared his struggles when he was young.  He was such a inspiration to listen to and learn from.

It was so wonderful to see everyone.  I feel a special connection to our subscribers.  To echo Laura's comment earlier in our blog, we are the extended BoardDocs family!

As Laura, Ari and I travel to perform training on the New BoardDocs over 2010, I'll get the opportunity to work with a lot of you again!  I can't wait to get started and I know you can't wait either.  This was the best conference yet.  It also was a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow; I learned something new.....

I learned to find MY Red Rubber Ball.   What is it that energizes and inspires me?  As I thought about this, for me, it's not just one thing, but a host of things that allows me greet each day excited and full of life.
  • I enjoy spending time with my family - It is a warm, safe, caring place and I'm loved unconditionally.
  • I get so much joy from watching my two new kittens, Basil and Sage explore the new world around them. 
  • I love the wind in my face as I ride my bike on the Katy Trail
  • Driving my boat on the lake when the water is as smooth as glass
  • Enjoying a quiet house, while everyone else is peacefully sleeping.  It's that special time for me every morning set aside to dream.
  • I get an enormous feeling of purpose, accomplishment and satisfaction when I complete an Implementation.   I hear from so many of you about how much BoardDocs transforms your work, along with saving you so much time.  And the board members?   They just plain LOVE IT.
I hope all of you will find your Red Rubber Ball and learn to dream as well.