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SXSW 2014

Joining the SXSW Cult: Takeaways

Iโ€™ve heard people rave about the SXSW Interactive, Film and Music conference for years, and never understood why itโ€™s such a cult-like experience. Though I hate huge crowds, long lines, and managed chaos, I found the people and ideas absolutely fascinating in their diversity, honesty and generosity. While I bumped into a couple of people who missed the point and were shilling their companies, most people were there to learn, share, question, and play. No doubt, the playfulness created the conditions for learning much.

Oh brother, after five days I became sucked into the cult. I may never be able to go to a typical business conference again.

Here’s a summary of my SXSW highlights:

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Working without an agenda

A danger for everyone at work — particularly us change makers — is becoming obsessed with our own agenda.

When we’re focused on pushing our agenda forward come hell or high water, we get blinded from taking in potentially valuable new information and from enjoying and learning fromย  our colleagues.

When our agenda has us, we are handicapped from being effective change makers. Or effective period.