We recently had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) Annual Conference, joining 750 other participants from across the globe to meet, learn and celebrate our industry.
The SC&RA helps members do businesses safer and more efficiently, by monitoring and affecting pending legislation and regulatory policies at the state and national levels; researching and reporting on safety concerns and best business practices; and providing four yearly forums to advance and discuss member issues. Throughout this year’s conference, we participated in committee meetings, education sessions, and presentations, while also attending the products fair and networking with other top names in the business.
After reflecting on our time at SC&RA 2017, two of our top takeaways were about what makes a great leader, and the value of sharing business challenges among peers.
You can’t lead without these 5 qualities.
This year’s keynote speaker was Captain Paul Bucha, a Vietnam War hero who received a Medal of Honor. Captain Bucha spoke of the challenges leaders face, and shared some of his own personal experiences. He left us with five key qualities necessary for great leadership: integrity, compassion, competency, confidence and humility. These qualities really resonated with us, as we would not be serving you for 125 years if we didn’t live and breathe them every day.
Discussing challenges with peers makes both of you better.
In addition to the impressive keynote presentation, we attended committee meetings for crane and rigging safety, transportation safety training, permit policy, insurance and risk management, and many more. We found each of these sessions extremely valuable, as we had the opportunity to learn from other members by discussing challenges that we all face, so that we can find ways to improve to our businesses and services.
What do you find to be most valuable when attending conferences in your industry? Let us know in the comments!