What We Learned at Fall Meeting

Steve Wiley

Here at PPC, we believe that paperboard packaging executives can drive growth and innovation by learning from experts and thought-leaders from both inside and outside the industry—and that’s why education is such a big part of our membership offering! At our recent Fall Conference in San Antonio, members learned how history can reveal effective leadership, how to harness their own “inner nerd” to boost productivity, and how executives from companies such as Graphic Packaging International and HP approach leadership and change within the industry. What an experience! In case you missed the conference, here are highlights from each presentation.


Lessons in Leadership from the Alamo to Gettysburg
Steve Wiley, president and founder, The Lincoln Leadership Institute (Image Right)
Jared Peatmean, PhD, director of curriculum, The Lincoln Leadership Institute
Historical figures can teach us the key differences between “transactional leaders” who merely direct and coordinate, and more effective “transformational leaders who create a vision of the future, model their values, and build a culture of confidence and commitment.

When you find yourself stuck in a (metaphorical) trap—like the Texians did during the Battle of the Alamo—you should challenge conventional wisdom, explore what doesn’t fit, look for game-changers, and seek out unexpected opportunities by considering the “and” instead of the “or”.


A Day in the Life of a Nerdy Packaging Professional
Beth Ziesenis, speaker, author, nerd
From the moment you wake up, through your workday, and into social time and relaxation at night, there are low-cost or free apps that can make your life easier and more productive. Want to work out your brain? Try the Elevate app. Forget to buy your mom a birthday present? Get the Operator app for quick personal shopping. You can even use the x.ai app to get an artificial intelligence personal assistant to set up your appointments!


Industry Perspectives from Graphic Packaging International
Michael P. Doss, president and CEO, Graphic Packaging International
A vertically-integrated carton manufacturer serving the world’s best food, beverage, and consumer products companies, Graphic Packaging International has three strategic imperatives for growth: first, to produce innovative and sustainable folding cartons that build customers’ brands; second, to make focused investments that maintain a low-cost mill network and optimize converting assets; and third, to make acquisitions in key geographies and core end-use markets.


The Power of Change
Alon Bar-Shany, general manager, HP Indigo
Since its invention in the 1990s, digital printing has driven change in the graphics industry, and many packaging converters and printers have come to see such change as an opportunity. Looking forward to the coming years, converters should harness digital print to delight customers, innovate even further, and prepare for long-term growth. Change can be risky, but at the end of the day, there is more risk in not changing.


Labor, Wages, and the Election: How Politics and the Economy Could Affect You in 2017
Jeff Rosensweig, Professor, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
Overall, the U.S. job market is improving. Wages for skilled workers are rising, and consumer purchasing power growth is accelerating. The U.S. dollar is quite high, and interest rates are at historic lows. To succeed in the future, plan for continued yet slow growth in the U.S. and global economies.   


PPC members can get more information and download the speakers’ presentations here.

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