Our blog is like our diary.
This one, originally posted a couple of years ago is just as appropriate now as it was then.
Great ideas, like great advice, don’t go out of style.
Pomp & Circumstance
‘Tis the season.
If you’ve been to any, and chances are you have, you know “the speech”
They all pretty much follow the same script.
If ever asked to present, the IOS commencement speech would probably start with a provocative and inspiring quote (after thanking everyone for everything):
“It’s the idea that matters.”
Then continue, “As you move on from here, try and remember three things. First, work to be great at something. The world likes experts, a lot. Next, there will always be a place for people who are curious and inventive. What you think about and how you think about it might change the way someone else thinks or lives or works. Lastly, flexibility of thought will shape the future. Technology converging with opportunity gives energy to ideas. That’s where we get real transformation. Conversely, rigidity begets indifference and stagnation.” (Note: It’s a rule that there must be one of these lines in every speech.)
That would be followed by a couple of humorous stories, more thanking everybody and rousing applause.
You would love it if the next address you hear is that short – admit it.
I think it’s great the IOS message is so versatile. The speech is what we’ve been telling you for a while.
Everything we do is based on the very simple philosophy that it’s the idea that matters. What enables us to do that is the experience and expertise of our people…allowing us to be creative and agile. We specialize in Information Management
Like the speech, the IOS message is equal parts hopeful, enthusiastic and idealistic. It is as applicable to a new graduate as it is to the leader of a business. It’s more about beginnings than endings. It’s focused on what’s next.