Mr K belongs to a mentoring group for CEO's. It has been a very worthwhile and rewarding membership, one which he involves me in at certain times. Basically the group is chaired by a retired CEO, with a world of experience and knowledge, so valuable and relevant. The group is by invitation only, so selected CEO's are invited to join and be a part of a peer support group as well as be guided by our Chair. Mr K's group, TEC 41, is a very tight knit and progressive group, led by a lovely man, who inspires and challenges and gently (or sometimes not!) guides.
Once a month Mr K attends a group meeting - an all day event where there is normally a speaker, a workshop and then the peer members all take turns in discussing or airing concerns, or projects or success's. The members are ever so supportive, and just having a third ear or twelve, makes a huge difference. Of course there is the Chair who is exceptional at playing devils advocate. He is famous for asking probing questions! There is also a monthly one on one with our Chair, were specific issues about our business are discussed, he guides us and offers insights into better ways of doing business. At $1700 a month its not a cheap membership, but to our business it's been priceless.
So, to this weekend. Every year, the group goes away for a retreat - however in true CEO style they call it an advance, not a retreat! I like that. Last year we went to Bunbury, this year it was Dunsborough. There was plenty of wine and food and great company - the CEO's partners all come along. Friday night was a catered affair at one of the members 'beach shacks" - palatial doesn't even come close to describing it. On the Saturday morning we had a seminar, about teams and leaders - very thought provoking and great speaker. Saturday afternoon was a free for all - 3 of us women chose to spend it in retail therapy in the lovely little shops in town. Saturday night dinner was at a surprise location, which turned out to be at Lamont's at Smiths Beach. All very hard to take I can tell you.
Headed home Sunday after a leisurely breakfast and a heavenly sleep in. Wonder where we will end up next year?
Here is where we stayed
|View from the balcony in our bedroom - there was another balcony on the story above us that got even better views!|
|The 'Beach Shack' we stayed in. Amazing|
|Lounge area on the top floor. There was a huge dining area and chefs kitchen behind this|
|The Friday night party in full swing. It was catered by a chef and there was french champers flowing.|
|Front view of the house we had party in Friday night. As a holiday home, it was better than any house I have ever lived in!|