We had some really inspirational speakers including the founder of Earth Hour (Todd Sampson) and Kurt Fearnley (paraOlympic champion wheelchair marathoner).
Todd challenged us to embrace Creativity - he defined it as the last remaining true competitive advantage a company has. Think differently about how you can work to change the world. The Earth Hour idea started in a coffee shop in down town Sydney by a few ordinary people who wanted to make a difference. Today its a global phenomenon where dozens
of cities around the world switch their lights off for an hour, to raise awareness of climate change. Kurt Fearnley could be sitting in his wheel chair feeling sorry for himself because of all the things he cant do -
instead he has a decade of success behind him as undefeated world champion. He literally crawled the 96km Kokoda track - walking it, is regarded as one of the toughest challenges to do.
My key takeaway was great companies are built with great people. Great people are just ordinary people who are "on a mission" and are motivated to achieve something worthwhile. Great people work best in an environment where
they have an exciting goal, are given the environment and means to apply and grow their talents and have the discipline and resilience to not give up when times get tough.