I recently got back from an Alberta Golf retreat in Banff, one that was well done thanks to the efforts of executive director Phil Berube, chief operating officer Jack Lane and staff.
It was two-and-a-half marathon days, discussing a game plan for volunteers, member clubs, members at member clubs, brand-building and growing the game.
So often, we get caught in our offices, in front of our computers, trying to figure out the things that aren’t working or what fears we have. For example, I’ll be the first to admit that the coming $15-and-hour minimum wage is a fear of mine as it relates to the golf industry.
Instead of just fearing issues, however, we need to deal with them. How can we make this better? What are we going to do about it? What’s our action plan, what’s the timeline and we need to be realistic. One thing’s for certain – the challenges aren’t just going to go away.
So, the retreat in Banff was an amazing time. We usually do things by conference call and have our AGM and board meetings, but this was a chance to reflect on the industry and where we’re headed.
There was a team atmosphere. With Golf Canada and the new membership models, it’s so positive to be in a room with dynamic, focused people from all walks of life. Everyone has a story to tell based on their experiences.
A few of the things that come out of such meetings could conceivably be used across the country. Alberta’s economy is tough these days due to the oil industry, but who’s to say that another province won’t be challenged for a different reasons. We can help each other through such retreats.
Personally, I really enjoyed the change in gears away from the day-to-day duties we all face to work on something visionary. As I’ve always said, I’d rather work from 10,000 feet than from the dish pit.