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My Favorite Pre-COVID Travel Destination & Travel During Lockdown

July 26th, 2020

As my long-term newsletter subscribers know, I enjoy traveling. Of course, during lockdown, I haven’t even gone to visit my Mom in Arizona since you never know what unintended germs you might bring along for the ride. So, I thought I’d go back to my favorite recent (within the last few years) travel destination. What do you think about Taormina, Sicily?

 

 

What’s not to like? The smell of citrus trees, cobblestone streets, beautiful seascapes, Mt. Etna serving as a backdrop, and excellent food… I was fortunate to stay both on the hilltop at the edge of town and on the beach with a beautiful view and relaxing atmosphere (favorite hotel thus far in my travels). I saw it as a win-win! I had effective strategy discussions and toured around the area enjoying the country. Because I really enjoyed the trip, I plan to return someday although I’d also like to see new places. Where do you want to travel when the coronavirus is no longer a concern? What should we do in the interim?

One Tip to Implement This Week:
Well, certainly, when it is safe, I look forward to visiting my Mom and family again. With that said, a few short road trips might be a nice option in the interim.

And, you can ‘travel’ around the world on Zoom. I participate in a global strategy group with consultants from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and the U.S. I am co-Executive Director of the Society for the Advancement of Consulting.  We have Zoom calls with members around the globe (15 countries and counting). I also participate in a Global Supply Chain Think Tank with supply chain experts from the Pacific Rim, Europe, and North America. The list could go on….

While on these Zoom calls, I learn about what is going on around the world and with the people next door, in the next state, across the country and across the globe. Are you curious as to what is going on around you? How about how people are holding up? Perhaps try taking a short trip to the next town, next state, next region or next country. Learn something of value that you can share with friends and colleagues. I’d be curious to know what you learn. Drop me a line.

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San Antonio’s Riverwalk and Creating a “Destination”

October 24th, 2017

I've Been Thinking

As my California best friend’s parents would say, “Remember that time we went to San Antonio’s Riverwalk…”. It was a fabulous trip with the beautiful riverwalk and surrounding area (which was also definitely improved with the hotel’s free breakfast which somehow makes everything so much better!) whereas when they had been to San Antonio previously, it was definitely not something to write home about. In fact, they had a hair raising experience checking into a hotel.  I have fond memories of repeated trips to the Iron Cactus for guacamole with them (they were great sports with my love of guacamole). So, when I was in San Antonio for APICS 2017, I definitely searched out the Iron Cactus and took a picture. With that said, I figured readers would prefer the beauty of the riverwalk. The oldest restaurant in town, Casa Rio, is featured below and of course I tried the guacamole! Have you thought about how the city of San Antonio transformed this area into a top notch tourist destination?  

One tip to implement this week:

Perhaps you are thinking that creating a destination isn’t something that applies to your business; after all, we aren’t a “city” (although a few of us might work for one). Regardless, it absolutely is something we should ponder. Wouldn’t you like your customers to consider your company, your Customer Service team or your service a compelling “destination”? When most people get a new iPhone, don’t you think they see it as a new “destination” of sorts? Everyone gets in line to buy one and social media buzzes. Quite similar, if you ask me!

So, how can we create a destination?  Let’s start by considering our customers and clients. San Antonio had to think about what would appeal to their tourists and citizens. Where would they enjoy spending time? How could they make what they have into something attractive? Start by thinking about those same questions. Undoubtedly, everyone has a talent, and there is something good to find in every company. What is it? Can you build upon that strength? Obviously, San Antonio had to start with a river which not every city has. Stretch your thinking and run your ideas by your colleagues. What do you think would really entice your customers? Find out and let me know in the comments!

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