(Sometimes a testimonial is just too powerful to put in a sidebar. Below is what Bo Burlingham had to say about his Passport Experience in Minneapolis. -SGC)
I have just returned from my sixth Small Giants Passport event, and for the life of me, I can’t understand why these aren’t overbooked with a long waiting list. This time our group consisted of eight leaders of small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs), plus Glenn Burr (the organizer) and me. We spent a whole day visiting three amazing companies—Reell Precision Manufacturing, QBP (Quality Bicycle Products), and The Nerdery. At each we spent quality time with the CEOs and senior leaders. We also took tours of QBP and The Nerdery. We were going to take a tour of Reell but we ran out of time because the conversation with CEO Kyle Smith, VP of Coworker Services Shari Erdman and co-founder Bob Wahlstedt was so engrossing.
The fact is that we had room for eight more people. Those eight people—whomever you are—have just missed out on the opportunity to participate in one of the most extraordinary learning events for top leaders of SMBs that I have ever been part of. In my 32½ years at Inc. I have attended hundreds of conferences, seminars, and discussion groups. Even the best of them (and some were truly great) don’t hold a candle to the Passport events in providing memorable experiences, incredible inspiration from spending time around great companies and entrepreneurs, and real, actionable lessons that you can immediately apply to improving your business. There is simply nothing equal to visiting a great company, meeting its leaders in their own environment, and seeing how the company looks and feels in real life. Much as I hate to admit it, you can’t get anything equivalent from a book, a magazine article, or a conference.—Bo.