I’ve spent my entire life learning to build trust. As I grew up, my mom faced significant mental illness, so I learned first-hand how isolating life can be when trust is absent. Over time, I learned to cope with and, after much healing, eventually overcome these challenges. As a business leader, I’ve always been tuned into the telltale signs of mistrust. Frankly, I just can’t bear it when employees get stuck in these toxic patterns. For me, it’s personal.
Can you feel it? 2017 is going to be the year of the values-driven leader. Now more than ever, business leaders are investing in the qualities that matter most when building a truly great business: purpose, leadership, culture, finances, relationships, and community. For all leaders, the new year is an opportunity to refresh your vision and renew your commitment to growing with purpose. That’s where we come in.
I think we’ll look back on 2016 as the end of the beginning of the values-driven leadership revolution, and the start of the next phase. Sometimes we prepare for something without realizing that’s what we’re doing. As I think about the challenges facing business leaders heading into 2017, I think that’s exactly what we — you, me, and all of the values-driven leaders we know — have been doing over the past several years.
On October 16 - 18, 2016, values-driven leaders from around the country gathered in Boston for
an intimate, inspiring, and action-packed experience. Like all Small Giants Community events, our Passport event is designed to provoke meaningful networking, honest conversation, and immersive experiences with like-minded leaders and companies. For our Boston gathering, 22 leaders (including your SGC team!) took Boston by storm to visit Life Is Good, MiniLuxe, and Cue Ball, each day bookended with lively conversation, Boston adventures, and knowledge sharing inspired by each unique experience.