I had a great opportunity to visit Greece for business and pleasure. What a wonderful country; with beautiful scenery, rich history, and extremely welcoming and friendly people. All in a country that has gone through so much trouble in the last several years and continues to suffer from very high unemployment.
We started with a long weekend in Santorini. For those of you who have been to any of the Greek Islands, they are unique and spectacular. It was a great weekend, other than being somewhat cool; we had great food, nice tourist stops, and unique shopping. Other than the jet lag and my wife’s luggage lost for a day, a fun time was had.
Then, it was off to Athens for the week. I was there as part of the EO Global Leadership Conference. EO is short for Entrepreneur’s Organization. I was recently elected to the board of our local chapter of EO Minnesota. We have about 100 local members in Minnesota. There are over 130 chapters of EO in over 50 countries around the world with over 10,000 members. Athens is a great urban city (over 5 million people) and, as you know, rich history. There were more than 1,000 attendees plus their spouses.
This was such a cool experience. Picture having meetings with people in similar roles from countries all around the world; working and learning together on how to mentor and encourage entrepreneur growth. I met so many people from Europe, Asia, South America; and many other countries including Russia, Kuwait, and South Africa, to name a few. I can’t imagine this kind of situation occurs very often, but I sure wish it would. We all had so many of the same issues and concerns to discuss; it was difficult to imagine the impression at times of how different the countries are. At least from my experience, I walked away with great optimism about the future of our world and hopefully, we will see less conflict.
Sorry if you didn’t get your normal fill of loyalty tools and ideas. You can get that with the following blogs. I thought it was important to share how entrepreneurship is bringing the world together in a very unique way.