Newsletter for Monday, August 31st

Our First Day

As hard as it is to believe, Jasper CEO has started up again with the new school year upon us. Fourteen fantastic individuals converged on Tuesday morning at Farley Insurance to begin their adventure. I have included a photo of the group on their first day. Don’t they look great?! It will be fun to compare the last days picture to this one. Not only do they mature on the outside, but the growth made on the inside through the CEO program is tremendous! This day was spent going over the ins and outs of CEO and answering their questions. We ended the day working on our first class business, our official CEO lanyards and badges. Stay tuned for more!

Team Building

Today was team building. An integral part of CEO is the ability to adapt, adjust, and cooperate to and with those around you. Isn’t that a great life lesson? Don’t we as adults deal with that every day? Our goal for today was to not only understand more about each other but to also learn to value the concept of a team. We did this by walking on raw eggs, labeling each other, and then throwing a ball at one another. Sound strange? Check out the pics! Did you know you can stand on twelve dozen raw eggs and they won’t break but if you stand on only one raw egg it will break? Similar to a team, the pressure applied to one it will crack, the pressure applied to the team (or in this instance the carton of eggs) they stay whole. We also did an activity where students were paired together and one wore a label on their forhead, i.e. “be nice to me”, “ignore me”, “respect me”, etc. and didn’t know what it said. Each pair was given a scenario to discuss and the labeled students were treated as such for 5 minutes. When time was up we discussed how it felt to be treated in such a way. Last, we spent time in a circle on the floor with a ball covered in questions about their fears, dreams, plans, and hopes. It was a great time to get to know more about each other.

Holiday World

Another fantastic trip to Santa Claus, Indiana to meet with the management team of Holdiay World. This is quite a unique experience to have a multi-million dollar, family owned, mega theme park in our vicinity. However, on Friday, Holiday World took on a new meaning when Jasper CEO students converged with seven other CEO groups and learned about the backside of this operation. We were able to meet with the food and beverage department, human resources, and building and grounds. We discussed how they recruited and hired over 2200 employees a year, operating costs, future planning, and the parks history and many awards and accolades. Although the park was closed for business that day, they did surprise us with unlimited rides on their newest attraction, “The Thunderbird”.

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