This week’s blog post was written by Doug Laflamme with Smoot Associates, our sales representatives in the Massachusets, New Hampshire area about his experience at the DHI Leadership Development Xperience.
A month ago, I had the chance to attend the DHI Leadership Development Xperience held at DHI headquarters in Chantilly, Virginia. At the time I was not sure what to expect, but I thought it would be a good experience for me being so new to the industry. Thankfully my place of work is very supportive of DHI and allowed me to take the time to go (Thanks Bill).
The conference was filled with things I expected such as helpful insight on the future of DHI, new credentials and resources, and group brainstorming sessions. LDX also opened our minds to things I was not expecting, things like how we can increase members in our chapter and where we as members could take the new DHI. LDX was full of ideas, and activities to help us think outside the box when it comes to how our chapters could be run, as well as videos, plans and collaborative thinking about leadership, things that make a great leader and how to become one of those leaders. It also taught us that there is no right or wrong way to run our chapter and its ok to run our chapters differently than it has been run in the past.
Perhaps the most important and overlooked portion of the conference that I did not realize before I went on this trip is all the great people I would be able to meet and the relationships with those people I was able to build. It was great to meet people in our industry from other parts of the country, put faces to names, as well learn a little more about the people I interact with through emails so often. I also got to spend some time with my chapters DHI President Jim White and get to know him better as well. This was the part of LDX that was most important to me. I believe the relationships we build in this industry to invaluable.
The DHI Leadership Development Xperience was a truly great experience that left us invigorated with new ideas and fresh wind in our sails ready to take back to our local chapter. I would recommend the DHI Leadership conference to anyone who has the opportunity to attend.
Thanks, Doug for sharing your experience! Hager Companies has had a corporate membership with DHI for decades and our President and COO, Josh Hager, currently sits on the Board of Governors.