Saturday, December 17, 2005

Performance Reviews

This time of year is full of activity - Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, birthdays, end-of-year meetings, and performance reviews. I participated in a business meeting on the Columbia River near Hood River Oregon held at the Skamania Lodge.

Two of my employees were also in attendance and we took advantage of the time together to visit about their annual performance. Rather than just sitting in the lodge near the fireplace, we took a short trip up the Columbia to the Deshutes river and tried not to freeze our fingers off. I'm a strong believer in team-building and look for opportunities to share my love of fishing with others.

The Deschutes is familiar to me from its reference in the fly-fishing classic, The Major, The Poacher, and the Wonderful One-Trout River by Dayton O. Hyde.

If you have never read this book I highly recommend it.

The river was big and beautiful and was said to contain trout and steelhead but other than a couple of fingerlings our short visit produced more working than playing.

THere are some who would say that a bad day of fishing beats a good day at work but in this case both were accomplished!

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