Top 5 Takeaways: Business Leaders for Michigan's CEO Summit

Last week, Business Leaders for Michigan held their fifth annual CEO Summit. This day-long event drew an enormous crowd from all the major Michigan industries: healthcare and banking to automotive and education. This year, BLM focused on some timely topics. The speakers discussed disruption, innovation, emergent technology and competing in a global economy. Here's our Top 5 Takeaways from the day. Team ONU had an amazing time and can't wait for next year!


Our very own CEO, Sam Sesti, spoke to one of the key concepts: differentiators. With an ever crowded marketplace, what are the tools companies need to succeed? How do you communicate loudly over the roar of competition? One way is with 3D visualization: engage your customers emotionally and give them an interactive, custom experience with your products. Sam said, though, it might not just be one way - it is the way. Fairly soon, all marketing, sales, service and training will be done using 3D visualization.


CEO of @dominos "we are a tech company as much as a pizza company" 800 people at HQ, 400 of them in tech and analytics #miceosummit



Steelcase CEO - and gamer! - Jim Keane spoke about how office furniture design is influenced by technology. His optimistic vision of the future of workspaces is one where people are no longer tethered to any particular location. Steelcase also uses virtual reality so clients can understand relationships between furniture and architecture. And, with the Internet of Things, offices will be as smart as the people who work in them.  


These are words to live by. Make a desktop wallpaper, write it on a white board, tattoo it on your arm. If everything around you is changing rapidly, staying the same automatically makes you obsolete. This isn't about failure, though - many tech leaders talk about the importance of failing fast. Taking risks was central not only to this talk, but embedded into the overall day. What makes this field so exciting and challenging is the opportunity to always push forward and innovate. The real risk is taking no risk at all.