Much to inspire happening in May

Posted on May 1, 2016 :: Editor
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Here’s a guy who turns down two-thirds of the 300-some invitations he gets each year to speak. He works with 85 clients in five countries and is currently writing a book with the working title, “That Michelangelo Moment: Leadership in Times of Chaos and Uncertainty.”

Did I mention he has a knack for drawing his audiences to the edge of their seats? I’ve had the chance to hear him speak within the past year and witnessed just that.

Paul Voss will explore themes on innovation with historical perspective as the keynote for Insight’s fifth annual THINC! event May 19 at the UW-Fox Valley theater in Menasha. Sponsored by TEC-Midwest, his talk will address how companies can take lessons from classical ideas to spur innovation.

“I talk about innovation and disruption simultaneously,” Voss says. “I’m going to focus on disruptions, those that have happened in history that show there are winners and losers with every disruption.”

Voss is president of the Atlanta-based leadership training company Ethikos and an associate professor at Georgia State University, where he teaches courses on Shakespeare, Dante, Machiavelli, business ethics, Renaissance literature and the History of the Book. His clients include the FBI Labs, General Electric Energy, British Petroleum, Home Depot and many others.

His talk will kick off THINC!, an afternoon event Insight devotes to provoking people and companies in the region to think about how, what and who is seeing innovative ideas come to life in the New
North region.

Doors open at 3 p.m., and we will announce the winners of our annual Insight Innovation Awards before a high-powered networking session with representatives of the region’s most innovative companies. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

More information appears in this issue. To register, go to

Shining the spotlight on companies accomplishing great things is one way to inspire us all to strive for success. Recently, during YPWeek Wisconsin, young professionals’ organizations awarded their Bubbler Awards to companies that stand out in the way they accommodate the interests of young professionals. Who’s doing it best? Turn to page 10 to find out.

Coming up this month is Experience Inbound, set for May 23 in Milwaukee and May 24 in Green Bay. On its heels for early June in Appleton is Cultivate, a Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce event that promotes the attributes of great places to live and work. For more on both events, see page 18.

Sometimes, one great story is what it takes to inspire. “Body builders,” this month’s cover story on Marion Body Works, is a tale of how being prepared for the worst can be the saving grace that helps a company persevere through tragedy.

Here’s a company that went so far as to figuratively “practice dying” to be good and ready in the event someone in the leadership team suddenly passed. Curt Ignacio, president and CEO, and others share their insights on how the maker of truck cabs rose above the sudden loss of a key leader in 2012 to become a growing, $50 million company today.

“We have succession plans for every member of the leadership team and how we would handle things if one – or more than one – would leave,” Ignacio says.

How about you: Would your company carry on without a key leader? Are you appealing to emerging leaders to cultivate tomorrow’s talent? Are you nurturing innovative ideas?

As we celebrate the freshness of spring in Northeast Wisconsin, we think you’ll find plenty to inspire you in all these ways from this issue of Insight.

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