Leadership Grappone 2018: Session 3

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Session 3 at Shaker Village in Canterbury was a truly special day. Not just because Shaker Village is a wonderful place to draw inspiration from, but it was a day that allowed us to get back to a lot of variables that made our overnight such a great experience; time together, team building and time to reflect on what we are learning from each other and the new concepts we are being presented with to be better presenters and future leaders. Since we were to meet up with Amanda at Shaker Village, we went over our homework on the ride over to save some time. We arrived to Amanda greeting us in a country-style grand entrance that I don’t think she intended but was a great opener for Shaker Village! We settled into the Visitor Center to talk about the agenda for the day and loaded up on bug spay and sun block. By the way, thank you Laura as I had no idea SPF 100 existed until then. David Lamb greeted us soon thereafter and joined us on our tour with Bill, our funny and very knowledgeable guide for the morning. He led us through the village on a perfect sunny day and did a great job of painting a picture of the past.  He explained what the first settlers hoped to accomplish here, free from religious persecution after leaving England, and more specifically The Shakers that settled into …

Leadership Grappone 2018: Session 2

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If you live in New Hampshire, you’ve probably heard of the Grappones. More than likely, you’ve heard Amanda’s voice on the radio. You probably know that we are a car dealership, and you may or may not know that we do business quite differently than the typical dealership. Something you likely don’t know, however, is our mission statement. The mission of Grappone Automotive is dedication to building lifelong relationships with our team members, guests and community by serving with integrity, kindness and respect. Did you notice something different? Grappone is dedicated to building lifelong relationships – with our team members FIRST. I know what you’re thinking, “shouldn’t you be more worried about your customers?” First of all, I will correct you and tell you that while our GUESTS are very important, the real value comes from a healthy and happy team. I was always told that this was intentional, and it is definitely true. However, I have never experienced it more than now, while being a part of Leadership Grappone. Leadership Grappone is a fantastic program that has been in Amanda’s brain for a long time. It is now happening, and it is more than I could have ever expected. I figured I’d be learning some skills on how to boss people around (kidding), maybe have some brainstorming sessions with the group, you know, “leadership” stuff. In the two sessions we have had, I have learned more about myself, my peers, and …

Leadership Grappone 2018: Session 1

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In March, the Leadership Grappone class embarked on a yearlong journey to explore their own leadership potential, learn more about the company, and discover what makes the state of NH such a special place to live, work and play. We asked one of the class participants, Jim Snedeker, Asst. Office Manager, to walk us through what happened during the group’s first class. “Ever since I began working at Grappone, I have sought after opportunities that take a more active role in the ongoing development of the company as we continue to (re)define who and what we are. I have also participated in any offerings that would aid in my own personal development. The purpose behind the Leadership Grappone (LG) class seemed to be the perfect answer as to how I could do both simultaneously! This group will allow each participant to be an integral part of the evolution of our company as we strive to better understand ourselves. While we may have similar aspirations, we each bring our own unique experiences and style to the table. The common goal being to put it all together, dive in and explore, in order to learn valuable lessons and come away stronger and more driven than we began. During our first “meeting” (actually an overnight retreat with the entire LG group) we jumped right into the thick of it and had a number of eye-opening and boundary-pushing experiences. To begin with, we visited …