We ate jambalaya, we ventured onto Bourbon Street and Frenchman Street. Oh yeah, and we learned a whole ton too!
I was fortunate to be a speaker at the 2018 Scale Up Summit in New Orleans this week. The summit was hosted by Verne Harnish and Gazelles, in collaboration with Bloomberg Live. It drew 900 leaders from the fastest growing mid-market firms ($5 million to $500 million).
The premise of the summit was “leaders are readers”. In the span of two days, we learned from 10 of the world’s greatest, award-winning authors through interactive talks, workshops and Q&A. Interspersed throughout the days were Ted-style talks from a handful of CEOs, who told our stories from the front lines, of how we’ve implemented tactics and strategies from the books we’ve read over the years.
The learnings were so powerful that they deserve to be shared with everyone.
So, here goes. Here are, in my opinion, the most impactful takeaways from the 2018 Scale Up Summit:
Author of The Excellence Dividend, and Founder, Chairman of tompeters!
Tom had us all roaring with laughter at his one-liners. Tom has authored 17 books in his career and is a mentor to us all. My favorite Tom Peters gems:
Founder, CEO of Stride Consulting and Author of Hire Women
That’s me! Based on the feedback I received, I believe the biggest takeaways folks got were:
Co-author, Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence, and Ellison Professor of Marketing at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Avi gave us a peek into the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI):
CEO of Hagerty Insurance
McKeel engages his team through a series of unexpected and powerful activities:
Author, The New Rules of Marketing & PR, and Sales and Marketing Strategist
David shared cutting edge marketing strategies and had us all on our feet!
CEO at MultiFunding LLC, Author of The Growth Dilemma
Ami opened my eyes to the value of the US Small Business Association (SBA) and cleared up common misconceptions about the SBA. Did you know:
Administrator of the US Small Business Administration
Linda shared timeless words of wisdom:
CEO, Nexient, ex-President and COO of Bill.com and inventor who holds more than 25 US patents
Mark spoke about the value of bringing a Product Mindset to software development, which was music to my ears.
Author of TEEMING: How Superorganisms Work to Build Infinite Wealth in a Finite World and Evolutionary Biologist and Biomimicry Consultant.
Biomimicry is the art and science of innovation inspired by nature. Did you know:
CEO at Lamberg Insurance Services
Josh played minor league baseball before starting his insurance company, and he shared the parallels between baseball and business:
Brett told a story of turning a social media mistake into a PR gem.
Author of Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results; and Founder/CEO at Benchmark Communications
Judith spoke from the heart.
Author of The Sumo Advantage: Leveraging Business Development to Team with Heavyweights and Grow in Any Economy; and CEO of Rollick Outdoor
Bernie defined sales and business development in a way I hadn’t heard before:
Author of Your Perfect Presentation: Speak in Front of Any Audience Anytime Anywhere and Never Be Nervous Again; and Founder/CEO of Own The Room
Make every presentation great by doing these things:
Co-Author of Scale: Seven Proven Principles to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back; and Entrepreneur (Priceline.com, uBid.com)
Jeff talked about living your dream. He was the closing speech at the conference, totally worth the wait!
Thanks to all of the speakers, you were outstanding!