Last week Atlas held their 50th Annual Atlas Forum.  Hundreds of professionals in and around the household goods industry, corporate relocation, third party service firms, and corporate clients attended. Jack Griffin, Atlas Vice-Chairman and CEO kicked off a lively, and "interesting" couple of days (more on that later). Our keynote speaker was Seth Mattison - a motivational speaker who's mantra is "Tapping the Source, Empowering all Voices". He focused on communication, trying to make people connections, flexibility, and thoughts on breaking traditional relationship paradigms in this new modern world at work.  

Next up was Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe. Regardless of your political leanings, the advice to use opposing viewpoints and build on the friction those viewpoints create, was collectively appreciated. Their departing message - search for the transparency - in the media, in work, in life - reminds us that integrity and honesty are two basic pillars of what we do each day.

There were nine roundtables and panels over the day and a half, including a well received Cornerstone panel, Around the World in 75 Minutes. It included four bright stars in global mobility and featured their successes and challenges in all global regions. Much appreciation to Derek Benson (MUFG Union Bank), Carren Faulkenberry (Nissan North America), Vicki Qualls (Abbott Labs), and Heather Tuttle (Merck).

Our lively closing speaker was the very interesting David Feherty, star of Golf Channel's Feherty.  His view on life, challenges, success, and Tiger made for a light and comical way to end this year's Atlas Forum.

However, after all the great speakers and wonderful insights, one thought, one take-away really resonated with me and summed up the event. It went something like, “... if you love what you do, and feel you are making a difference, then something about that is right. Does it give you goosebumps?  If so, then good.  You are doing the right thing”.

 

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