I received an email from a conference organizer who invited me to address his or her conference. Here is what the email said. (I have edited it only to remove corporately identifying information. I have preserved the original formatting.)

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I shall not quibble with errant grammar, punctuation, and capitalization, odd word choices (subjects don’t have “opportunities”), lack of professionalism, and other bits that my friends know never bother me. I did, however, appreciate the enthusiastic formatting. Without it would hardly have known what parts to read.

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In my previous post, “Competing in the Age of Bill Ackerman,” I held that many executives insulate themselves from a diversity of views. This problem doesn’t plague executives alone. Managers, unaware of the biased source of their external perspectives, seem to follow some bad habits as well.

For one, an important way managers develop external perspective is by attending conferences where they can meet people with different perspectives, and hear a variety of views, some controversial, some less.

Alas, as a recent article in USA Today claims, the conference business has gone to the dogs. Worse, dogs without perspective.

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