Thursday, April 23, 2009

Meeting Wrap-Up

Well, the NYPL Meetings have come to a close, and I’m in the airport on the way home. It was a good couple of days, filled with a variety of activities.

Our annual session with Joe and Tim from Eckerd College was, as usual, among the highlights of the trip. The session includes a series of exercises, surveys, and discussions centered on leadership and team-building. It’s extremely interesting to be evaluated, evaluate others, and share stories about how the different teams of the NYPL operate…the good, the bad, and the ugly. Hopefully we all learn from each other and learn a little bit about ourselves in the process. (This just in: Kevin Mahoney is a flaming introvert, Steve is not as caring or empathetic as he thinks he is, and I apparently do NOT bear a striking resemblance to Brad Pitt!)

At the general session the following day, members of the league give updates on their clubs, break into committees, and work together on various projects (marketing, scheduling, public relations, charitable foundation, etc.). This cooperative interaction is a relatively new concept among the league and has led to some very productive relationships and joint ventures. (It also sometimes leads to arguments that spawn creative and entertaining interleague wagers…but there’ll be more on that in the weeks to come.)

All in all, it was a productive trip that has the Cyclones' vision focused more sharply than ever (both philosophically and physically)!

Back in Brooklyn, our pre-sale for plan holders is going strong, and we're making the final preparations for Sunday, when we'll be putting tickets on sale to the general public, and welcoming John Franco to the ballpark!

It's supposed to be a beautiful day, so we hope to see you all there!

-- Dave

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