Tomorrow, I leave for Seattle. I’m going with a team of senior leaders from my company to visit with executives from several cutting edge organizations. It’s called an immersion experience and was setup by the folks over at The Immersion Lab.
They’re pros. This group really knows not only how to setup the trips and all the logistics that go along with them, but they also know how to debrief the learning the team is experiencing to make sure they’re getting the most out of the time.
I have to admit, when I first heard there was a company that set up these events and got paid really well to do it, I thought to myself, “…America.” (Actually, they’re located in Toronto)
So why on earth will one organization pay a company to setup a chance to go sit with the 3rd organization?
Because companies need to learn. Just because you work for a large, industry leading, best-in-class organization, it doesn’t mean you don’t need to learn.
I know you can’t go sit with the CEO of Microsoft, but why can’t you go sit with the HR pro at the local “best company to work for?” What about the 2 man shop that develops Apps to engage customers where they want to be? What about the guy who runs 3 Chick-fil-a stores who obviously knows a thing or two about hiring good people?
Usually, we have an illusion that the big company in another city has it all together and we just can’t figure it out. Reality? The reality is that they’re over there looking at someone else thinking they have it all figured out.
Every company has something they do well. Every company has something they do poorly. Let’s learn from each other (the good stuff, don’t imitate the bad) and get better!
Be a learner. Wherever you are.
Keep learning. Keep growing. Keep thinking.