I bring this up in case anyone on the fence is worried that there is a hidden agenda to promote Sage Software products, policies or programs. That’s not the case.
The SLA mission is to evolve leadership and promote strategic thinking among professional service firms (or professional knowledge firms if you prefer the new age terminology). This mission has nothing to do with your company’s relationship, or lack of relationship, with Sage Software. If you have a hunger to grow your business and collaborate with other thought leaders, SLA is a great place to be.
(I suggested to the SLA board that they consider a new brand push – including a new, clearer name – as a way to spread the message. We’ll see where that goes.)
Putting aside the name confusion, let’s talk about what SLA has to offer.
If you are like me and love to “sharpen the saw”, you might find yourself on information overload these days. There are an overabundance of books, videos, conferences, retreats, events, etc. these days to help you scratch that itch.
I have a stack of books and attend a lot of conferences and other events so I know how it can be. In fact, sometimes attending these conferences can be stressful because you hear so many great ideas that you simply don’t have time to implement when you get back to your office.
And that’s the difference between SLA and those other options: at SLA, they present the information in a focused workshop format so you can actually work on the topic at hand during the day and a half long retreat.
To me, this is a huge benefit.
You are not just committing the time to learn a great new concept at SLA. You will be given time and guidance to start to flesh out tactics to apply what you’ve learned. And you will hear comments and suggestions and questions from other business leaders doing the same thing.
It’s very interactive, very hands on, very beneficial. Particularly if you are feeling starved for time in your normal day-to-day back at the office.
If this type of event appeals to you, you should consider SLA.
I strongly recommend it.
If you have questions, take a look here or comment below and I will do my best to address the questions.