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Are We There Yet?

If you are a parent, you have likely been asked “are we there yet?” This particular question is usually aimed at the backs of our heads by tiny voices, and the peppering typically starts 10 minutes into a multi-hour drive. The question is repeated with precision at 10-minute intervals and often becomes louder as the anticipation of what awaits at the destination becomes more intense. 

Of course, it would be virtually impossible to answer this pressing question if we weren’t aware of where we were going, or how long it should take to get there… perhaps it would help if we were more specific, and if we provided answers to a few questions in advance, such as:

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When You Face An Uphill Ride, Even A Little Push Helps!

Or is it a pull?

With our day-to-day lives, most of us are the unknown riders of the peloton working toward the goal of winning for the team without personal acclaim. But it is important to keep in mind that without our support, the goal cannot be reached.

With Tour de France winding down, a cycling focussed blog seemed apropos!

At Meridican, our focus however is not on the professionals of the sport. Our favorite pelotons are those that give of themselves to aid others like the Wellspring Peloton Challenge that each year raises money to assist those living with cancer.
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Bridgework Over Troubled Waters

While rare, things don’t always go as planned on incentive programs.

This particular incident happened over two decades ago, but the memory of it is as crisp as freshly ironed cotton sheets because, quite frankly, in over 30 years of planning and overseeing incentive trips, this was–and remains–a first. It involved a gregarious, hilarious French Canadian and his teeth.

We took a group of 300 attendees (which included the French Canadian man, who we will call Francois) on a one-week dealer incentive trip to Barbados. It was a week full of sun and fun, including an excursion on the Jolly Roger.

If you’re not familiar with Jolly Roger cruises, a website sums it up with three telling verbs: “Eat… drink… party!” More specifically, it’s a sailing cruise with calypso music, dancing, snorkeling, food, and as you might suspect, rum punch. Read more

Pope Fiction

Pope Fiction

What do the Vatican, John Travolta and Burgers have to do with Supplier Relationships? Everything!

Last September we planned an incentive travel program in Rome, the capital of Italy and one of the world’s oldest cities. In terms of incentive travel, Rome is the pinnacle of achievement and recognition, which is exactly what our client, US Foods, needed to motivate their sales team.

While the program was a whopping success, it didn’t come without its challenges. We were presented with a small timeframe for a big, multi-faceted initiative pockmarked by concerns like: how are we going to breach a normally forbidden location? If we couldn’t drive right up to the Vatican’s front door, we knew from experience that our distinguished guests would have to walk a long way (which would be awkward for our 452-member group).

Even with 32 years under our belts, we still suffer from the occasional frozen-in-time-moment where we find ourselves wondering: “Can we do this?”

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