Things are pretty quiet around the club in early January.
Personally, I go full steam for about six weeks and then, I take a couple of weeks off, but we’re working with a small core staff right now.
Our year-end was the end of December. Our dues are in on February 15, so administration is busy in January and February. We’re trying to get some corporate business, but corporate Canada doesn’t really get geared up until the middle of January.
The golf shop is closed and January and February is down time for food and beverage. We do have quite a bit of facility maintenance that needs to be addressed between mid-January and the end of February.
I don’t really push that hard just after the New Year.
If you’ve got faith and trust in your staff, you know they’ve worked hard all year, so you just kind of go with it. Mostly, the only people who are around are our key managers and if they haven’t proven themselves already, they wouldn’t be here.
Many of them still have young families, with the kids out of school the first week in January, so if they’re checking their e-mail and voice mail and staying on top of things, it doesn’t hurt to have them take a little time off to do things with their families.
I tend to work a little over the holidays to organize my office, get systems in place, go through my files and clean things up, so when I come back in January, I’m ready to go.
Already, I’ve been working on 2012-2013 for the past few weeks and we’ll be doing strategic planning for 2013-2014 in January and February. I also like to spend more time with our superintendent, have some projects lined up and have budgets in place to do that.
The full impact of the season will be upon us soon enough and we can hit full speed when needed even if we do gear up slowly.