New England leadership retreat is cool fun

Forget sunshine, swimming and tan lines. An especially cool, rainy day forced the recent YV New England leadership retreat to be held indoors, but that couldn’t dampen the high spirits of the New England staff.

Luckily, Executive Director Matt Stone’s double garage was large enough to provide space for about 50 supervisors, managers and other leadership for a day of learning, socializing and brainstorming on how to deal with tough work issues. So staff reclined in folding chairs, huddled under blankets and put on sweatshirts and rain coats to beat the chill as they listened to a presentation on “Crucial Conversations” and dove deep into ideas on how to help improve outcomes.

The day ended with the handing out of awards. There were few surprises about who’s the loudest, stays latest and arrives earliest, who’s the hardest to find in the office and who brings the best goodies to work. But there was lots of laughter because that’s the YV spirit.

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