Done right, a change in scenery can spark creativity, give people a psychological break from their usual routines and foster team-building. A poorly organized offsite, however, is a waste of time and money.
Launching a successful business often means doing things differently, sometimes in ways that defy conventional wisdom. As proof, look no further than these entrepreneurial mavericks and some eccentric ideas that paid off big.
A longtime Lightbank protege who left two years ago to start a nonprofit, has returned to the fold. in 2005. The freight logistics company hired Ms. Cooke in sales, and she moved up the ranks to become regional manager and create a training program for the sales team.