I joined over 50 of my colleagues and peers for the annual F+W Media business innovation summit last week. The meeting was in Fort Collins, Colorado, which allowed us to spend some more time with new colleagues from Interweave who joined the F+W Media Group last year.
I can only assume that other publishing and media companies have similar events? If they don’t, they should. Over two days we were taken through presentations on key areas of our business dispersed with break-out and discussion sessions. The summit was insightful, rewarding and practical and it really was a great (and smart) group of people to spend a few days with.
The meeting was opened by our CEO, David Nussbaum, who reflected on the changes in our business over the last 5 years. It’s amazing to consider how far we’ve come in that time. From essentially a print based publishing business as we were then, to a digitally led media business with new revenue lines, initiatives, products and audiences to sell to.
Above and beyond the presentation content, though, I was struch by how much the attendees wanted to contribute and help colleagues and peers. We’re a 500+ employee business and so sharing, learning and collaborating in this way is hugely valuable to all. I feel very lucky that we have this breadth of experience to draw on for our UK operation.
I came away with 100+ ideas for the F+W Media International business. From big strategic launch opportunities to tactical and specific improvements we can make to our day to day business. I know my team here are waiting on the to-do list from me and I’m looking forward to putting changes in place as a direct result.
Innovation is alive and well at F+W Media.
Does your company have a similar event? If so, what format does it take and does it work for you?