Last week my wife and I were able to attend the Inc Magazine Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. There were two and a half days of speeches, lectures, breakout groups, meals, mixers and an awards dinner. Our company, Hopkins Printing, was recognized as one of the 50 Best Small Workplaces in the United States. This was a tremendous honor for us to receive a national award.
During this conference there was a change in my mindset. It was amazing to spend time with so many successful people from so many successful companies. It seems that when you spend day after day in a private manufacturing firm that it's easy to think the world ends with the four walls of the plant but then when you get out and meet people and hear what they deal with you find out we are all in the same boat.
I heard people talk about how to grow sales, how to drive down health care costs, how to get people aligned with the vision of the company, how to resolve conflict and how to energize people to serve the customer. It didn't really matter what the business was - almost everyone deals with the same issues. By spending a few days with others who were dealing with the same issues we are - I have become more energized to tackle some issues we have. It is clear that if others can do this then we can as well.
If you ever have a chance to spend a few days with other people in the business world, don't let the opportunity pass you by. The experience may mark a change in your life.