Fun With Lisa and Jane
Always nosing around for a story, Wild Harry, Mascot & Chief
Hoperating Officer for Wildly Different, recently interviewed the owners, Lisa Jennings and Jane Lipps...
Wild Harry: Why team building?
Lisa: When I was in college, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Then, a fellow student told me she was a Leisure Services major.
Wild Harry: What is that?!
Lisa: That's exactly what my parents said! Believe me, they were none too pleased! The degree taught me how to organize recreational programs. My friends made fun of me all of the time saying,
What games did you play in school today? But you know, I'm one of the few people I know who still works in their field, one of the even fewer who loves their job and now everyone is talking about gamification.
Jane: Team building has always been part of what I do even when it wasn't
my job. When working for a hotel here in Orlando, one of my tasks was to show a group of sales professionals why our resort was unique. Of course, I put them on a treasure hunt to have them experience it rather than have me tell them. We definitely got buy-in from the team and they talked about that hunt for months afterwards. It definitely worked and I was hooked.
Wild Harry: How did the two of you meet?
Lisa: We both worked for a team building company and we loved getting to brainstorm ideas for new activities, create clues for hunts, etc. We always dreamed about opening a similar - but wildly different - team building company some day and we finally did it!
Wild Harry: What do you like most about each other?
Jane: Lisa is a dynamo and her passion motivates me every day to be better. We have always enjoyed working on projects together - so why not work on the ultimate project, our own company? I can't even imagine doing this without her.
Lisa: Jane is one of the most creative people I know. For years she worked in corporate America and she was afraid she'd lost her creativity, but it was just getting stifled. With creativity it's a case of
use it or lose it and now she uses it every day!
Wild Harry: : What makes your activities different from your competitors?
Lisa: Jane’s background in Marketing and Meeting Planning has given her the eye.
Wild Harry: Not the evil eye, I hope?
Lisa: No, not at all! Although the last time I booked us on a 6:00 am flight, I have seen it. Rather, she strives to make everything look perfect. Whereas a lot of our competitors may stick clip art on rulebooks and photocopy them, Jane insists we use a graphic designer and get everything color printed. Our activities look 100% better than anything out there because of her.
Jane: I can’t believe you told him about that, but I have started a campaign to ban early morning flights. Seriously though, Lisa is a big part of why we are different. Her dedication to detail, commitment to our clients, and uber-creative brain, not to mention the late night working sessions, sets us apart.
Wild Harry: Is there anything else people should know about you?
Jane: There is a sign in the office that states: Dream big, plan well, work hard, smile always and good things will happen. When you live by that and love what you do, good things do happen.