I attended our annual management retreat last week. It was a great opportunity to get out of the office environment and, as Tom Watson famously said, “think.” Tom started a little company called International Business Machines — that’s IBM for anyone born after 1960.
With all of the distractions of the modern office environment and the very real benefits of being connected to everyone/anywhere the one thing that is sadly underrated is the simple act of staring out the window and wondering what could be.
If you have never read the annual report of Berkshire Hathaway you are missing out. Warren Buffett provides the best business advice for free. All you have to do is go to their website — it’s all there and does not cost a dime. Apart from the great advice and even better humor, there is a common theme that runs through it all: you need great people and you only need one good idea every now and then.
I like to think that our company has come up with some great ideas over the years. It’s always a good habit to develop more. Making sure you have some quiet time or a retreat that gets everyone out of their comfort zone is a great way to find a new idea that changes everything.
I have also learned that the really good ideas rarely come from me. They come from the great people you choose to surround yourself with.