Last year on the GiveGetWin Tour, we covered over 6,500 miles by road.
Let me tell you this: America and Canada are beautiful countries and beautiful to drive through... but driving that much takes a serious mental toll on you.
Last year, our best two events were at NYU Stern (our ninth event) and UChicago (our fourteenth event). Our event at CU Boulder a few days ago, I think, was our third best of all-time -- and it was our second of the year.
I give credit to three factors --
1. Amazing hosts, audience, venue, and speakers. Of course.
2. Taking rail instead of driving.
3. Taking a slower pace at the start of the Tour, and making our home base San Francisco to practice extensively before starting on the breakneck pace.
Photos and more descriptions are up now -- you can see more assessment of why rail is better than driving, practice and rejuvenation around some talented people, and having great hosts (with all credit due and cited) led to a really terrific event.
Our Kansas City event is tomorrow (23 March), and then the next five events go --
UChicago: 27 March
UWisc Madison: 28 March
MSU Lansing: 30 March
NYU Stern: 2 April
MIT (Cambridge): 3 April
That's the next couple of weeks -- if you're interested, go sign up at tour.givegetwin.com -- the events are 100% free and we're happy to have you out with us.. and make sure to tell your friends! Getting rave reviews so far... and giving a lot of credit to Amtrak for giving us extra work, practice, and leisure time.
WHAT ARE OPERATIONS?
My definition of Operations, which I think is sound, is "the coordination of tactics over time."
It starts, actually, with philosophy -- implicit or explicit.
Philosophy: What's important and worth working towards, on the highest levels? What's worth living for?
So you decide, let's say, that "beauty" is important to you. You want to live in a beautiful world, philosophically speaking.
If you woke up this morning hoping to read 3,600 words about a Disney vacation AND see pictures, then you are in luck. Instead of filling an entire week with posts about Disney, all the thoughts, comments, and ideas will be here.
A circle of our friends is in a Disney phase and my wife and I take bets on how quickly someone will bring it up when families get together. Last time it took twenty minutes, I guessed five.
This post has three sections.