Knee Deep

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It’s the first time the two business units have been together. Lots on the line and expectations are high says our main client contact…from one of USA’s largest media (TV, Newspaper, Radio, Digital etc.) companies. Stakes were high for a Life Cycles program set for 480 people last week in Orlando. We delivered and then some. Client reported after the program that we had them (the group) in our hands from the get go and he breathed easy after the first 5 minutes and watched in amazement on what ensued.
During our leadership CSR/philanthropic teambuilding program, the participants were knee deep in engagement, conversation, and were aiming for value at every opportunity. The night prior they were knee deep with the Zac Brown Band. I was there, almost…
I’m a big fan of Zac Brown. He credits James Taylor (my all time favorite) for shaping who he is today. Our client invited our team to “blend” into the private Zac Brown Band concert for their 480 people. I passed on the opportunity and instead…


“… I was knee deep in the water somewhere
Got the blue sky breeze and it don’t seem fair
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair”
…almost. While my wife was in the hot tub, I was knee deep in the hotel pool with my two daughters. We were playing, talking, laughing and then we all had a late dinner poolside with our larger Odyssey team. Sure I knew Zac was tearing it up for our future participants, just a 5-minute walk away, in the same room we would be in the next morning. However, it was the first time our entire family was together on one of these programs and given the travel of my work, we are apart a bunch already. So easy choice; family first. I think because of feeling relaxed, connected, and grounded with my family and our team, we did exceptional work the next day.
I think Zac has it right. May we all be knee deep in the water somewhere a bit more often. There are lots of ways to do it if the beach is 1000 miles away. Unplug, go for a walk, read a book for pleasure, put the headphones on while you do laundry, fly a kite, ride a bike.
I’ll play Knee Deep on my guitar tonight…and smile inside.

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