by Danny Summers

Collaborate seems like a pretty lite word to describe what we do here in The Group. A quick synonym search for alternatives finds: Cooperate, Unite, Join, Team-Up, Pull Together, Hang Together, and many more. All of these combined much better describe what we know today as The Group.

In the coming weeks and months you will see us having more sessions to bring The Group together... to Collaborate!

Beginning with our GROUPtalk LIVE Series Session on April 13th, we will have a Group Discussion including several of our Centers seeing increases in Sales through Transaction Counts and Average Sales and we will explore what trends they are seeing in their locations. This will also provide plenty of time for Q&A from all Group Centers, especially those that just opened or are just about to open. Both Northern and Western Regions have continued to have winter weather so interacting with Peer Centers in more Southern Regions can help provide a possible outlook ahead. This approach to featuring Peer Centers in the GROUPtalk LIVE Series Sessions will be something we repeat in later months as we see trends and subjects that may provide valuable ideas.

This summer, Tim Quebedeaux and I will host small virtual gatherings for WDR Sales Group Centers to gather and share details. Much of the time Sales Groups may not know each other (unlike Regional Group Members). We did this last year and it proved to be a productive and informative time. Getting to know Peer Centers in your Sales Group helps to connect and be able to interact at any time throughout the year. Even if you are not currently in a WDR Sales Group – don't worry, we will fit you into the appropriate Group. Watch for details and dates when we will hold these WDR Sales Groups gatherings.

And during The Fall Event 2023... We plan to have more Breakouts and Small Peer Group Sessions. In addition, we are exploring the possibility of having virtual Community Circles with targeted areas of interest throughout the year – all designed to help you take advantage of the vast knowledge and experience within The Group.

I began this message by exploring the word Collaborate and thinking The Group Experience is much more than what one word can describe.

Actually, the Quote of the Week in this week's GROUPtalk is a much better way to describe what we do together...using the word SYNERGY. Here's the quote:

"Synergy is what happens when one plus one equals ten or a hundred or even a thousand! It's the profound result when two or more respectful human beings determine to go beyond their preconceived ideas to meet a great challenge." ~ Dr. Stephen Covey

The more I read about Dr. Stephen Covey, the more his messaging rings true in many areas of business and our individual approach to work and life habits. I hope you will watch the video here to see a great 7-minute video by Dr. Covey on Weekly Planning.


I hope this is meaningful and beneficial for you!

Sharing is at the heart of The Group and your ideas are very important. If you have any trouble logging into The Group WebSystem, please let me know. Are you and your staff all subscribed to our eLists such as GroupEs, Retail-Grower, Retail-Landscape, Owners-Only, and a number of others? Need help subscribing? Let me know so I can show you how you can sign up.

Thanks for sharing!

Danny Summers
[email protected]
Tel: 678-909-7770
Cell: 678-761-7145

REMEMBER: Your interaction (by phone and email) with Group Service Providers such as Tim Quebedeaux, Sid Raisch, John Kennedy, Jean Seawright, and of course Danny Summers are included in your retainer!

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