My role at Sodexo allows me the honor to talk to people with great ideas from all around the world on a regular basis. It’s a thrilling, inspiring and often motivating part of my job. Recently, I had the privilege of accepting an award for the development and rollout of Sodexo’s corporate dining concept be… as the best contract management company concept for 2011 from Food Management magazine. The awards ceremony was part of the magazine’s IDEAS conference, which they hold each year for operators in the foodservice business and is a place to foster and grow ideas to improve your business.
I was invited to be part of a panel discussion with other winners of the Best Concept award. Our discussion focused on the importance of nurturing an idea, bringing it to life and the need to stick with an idea and follow through with it. It was a fascinating conversation that has application far beyond foodservice and really got me thinking… Ideas don’t just solve problems and create solutions, but they ultimately spark rich conversation.
Ideas are the root of great discussion; I very much enjoyed talking with a fellow winner from Gunderson Lutheran Health System in Wisconsin and the great wellness work they do in the community via their 500 Club. Others I met along the way have new ideas that are germinating and will no doubt bloom into the next big thing – maybe we will see them on the stage next year.
It was truly an inspiring event with inspiring people and a great reminder to stay vigilant in cultivating your ideas, and most importantly, in a busy world, take the time to enjoy the conversations you get to have along the way.
Lisa Larsen Hill is a senior vice president of marketing and creative services for Sodexo’s corporate client segment.