We had our Loud Smiles International BOD meeting. Gregory rolled in his desk chair from his room to our office. He came with small pieces of paper and a pen. He sat so proudly at the office desk beside Walter all prepared to forge ahead with whatever was on the agenda.
First we explained what the purpose of the Board is – in that they determine the direction we take the business, how we do things, when we do things and where we do them. His first question, said very seriously, was “So what exactly is Loud Smiles? Is it a restaurant? A bar? A business?” Walter explained branding – using Lego as the example. First it was a building block toy, then it was made into games, then it was a movie…so it can be many things.
Loud Smiles originated as the name of the piano bar Walter and I envisioned. Then we chose to call our registered business Loud Smiles International as these aspects will get us to where we have the bar. Now it is a brand, representing our philosophy and our vision. The restaurant…well, that is something Gregory envisions for us.
We then made a list of things we will need to do before we can depart. Creating sections and subsections, discussing all the aspects of things we need to think about. I showed him the various rental properties and explained the what it costs per month here to live in a house and what it will cost there to live in a house. His eyes bugged as he has a good comprehension of money and #s (it’s his favourite subject besides art). I also pointed out that it may not look like what we are used to here…the furniture, the walls, the kitchen…but that we will also have views which are totally different than here.
We spoke about reducing what we have so we can travel lightly. He asked about saving stuff for his little sister…stuff he may not need anymore but that she may like. He figures a few of his stuffies need to be saved and passed along as they cannot be replaced easily.
He listened well, raised his hand when he had something to say, added when he felt he had something to add, kept notes on what his ideas were as well as the key points he felt were of relevance and summarized these points to us at the end of our session.
I observe: Our little man brought one key aspect to the meeting we did not ask to him to bring – a good attitude.