Expect to change

One of the greatest traits a business can develop is an expectancy of change.  Flexibility is not enough.  Today’s economy calls for a five-course meal whose menu is changing every day.  Change is not trendy or nichey or something reserved only for forward-thinking startups; it is now the standard.  And the smart companies are making expected change an integral part of their goal-setting.

Companies are like individuals in that they are always learning and growing, some times more than other times.  If you’re not constantly evolving as a company, then you’re already on your way down.  The minute you become complacent is the minute you’ve lost your competitive edge.

At Last Call, we pride ourselves on thinking 10 steps ahead.  We’ve made missteps though, and it’s because of those missteps that we’ve learned to make more calculated decisions.  Once a misstep has been made, the important thing is to admit it and fix it immediately.  Many companies resist change, and when they make a misstep, it makes it more frightening to fix it because it requires even more change.

In anticipation of our growing leagues and the introduction of our Annual National Trivia Championship, Ludimentis, we made a big decision last Spring to reorganize the Last Call Nation into regions for increased competition, greater exposure, and bigger prizes.  After getting lots of feedback from our loyal network, we realized that localized tournaments were the way to go and that all of the benefits we tried to implement in the original restructure should be reserved for Ludimentis.

We could have been stubborn and stuck to the ‘our way or the highway’ mentality, but we didn’t.  We expect to change.  So when we make a misstep, we are ready to fix it as soon as possible and move on to trying to anticipate the next change to better our company.  This is a big reason why we continually stay ahead of our competition.

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5 thoughts on “Expect to change”

  1. It would be great if Ludimentis could be held in such a way as to not having the finalists physically show up at the location where the event is held. The cost of sending a team to Ohio for example would probably outweigh any benefits the team would receive if they won. If there was a way to hold Lutidmentis via website (like a “gotomeeting.com”, whereby all participants can be “present” from all venues nationwide), it would possibly save Last Call on expenses, and provide better exposure as well.

    Not knowing how many participants will be at Ludimentis (are many teams coming in from outside Ohio?), maybe this idea isn’t feasible. I’d love to be able to participate in Ludementis, but speaking from Arizona, our chances (and finances) are limited.

    1. Brooklynn Holtz, Marketing Director

      Hi Dave,

      Thanks for your comment. I always appreciate hearing from you and your team. At one time, we had considered hosting a simulcast for our West coast teams. That changed in the early planning stages of Ludimentis for several reasons. We want to encourage our national network of teams to come to the same place at the same time for the annual celebration. We thus decided to leverage our resources to a bigger, more exciting live event with entertainment and activities in Cincinnati. This also helped us offer a bigger cash prize pool of $10,000!

      We want to do everything we can to make Ludimentis worth attending for you, your team, and other West coast teams. If there’s anything we can do to assist you in that process, please let us know. We have a specific committee set up to help teams who are planning to travel to Ludimentis. As always, feel free to email me directly at brooklynn@lastcallusa.com to talk about details for you and your team. Cheers!

  2. As a former Cincinnati champion and contender, we want the chance to face the absolute toughest competition possible from across the country, particularly from the Portland/Salem region. We’re afraid, though, that many great teams and potential champions from outside of the Midwest won’t be able to make the trip for Ludimentis — And if the competition brings together only the top teams from this region, the “true champion” will be in doubt.

    Many very good teams aren’t going to be able to make it down for the tournament. I can’t blame them — If the competition was in Portland, I doubt that my team, or many others from the region, would be able to make the trip. I know that I’d be a little salty if I couldn’t compete in a national championship in which I’ve earned a spot.

    Creating regional remote competition sites, like Dave suggested, would give Last Call a chance to bring the very best teams together. Even if this isn’t possible for the first Ludimentis, maybe it is a possible adjustment for future competitions.

    1. Thank you for your comment. You make good points. I’ve personally been in contact with our Portland, Boise, and Phoenix teams about the difficulties in travelling to Ludimentis. We want all of our teams from across the country to be involved, but we understand how difficult it can be to travel across country these days. Several of our “West Coast teams” have suggested that they would participate if we would host a simulcast in their area. We hope to come up with a great solution in time for our second annual Ludimentis. Please feel free to share more ideas with me and the rest of the team at brooklynn@lastcallusa.com. Thanks!

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