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Thoughts From HTG Summit 2013 Part 9

I've been walking through highlights from our recent HTG Summit 2013 in Dallas, and want to continue that list.  It was a great event thanks to the fantastic HTG team, our members and sponsors.  Here are highlights:

1.  Advisory Council Meeting

2.  Leadership Forum

3.  Spouse Track

4.  SIG's


6.  Peer Group Meetings

7. IDEA Exchange and Partner Pavilion

8. Mission Arlington

9. Hands that Give Legacy Workshop: It was so hard to pick one moment of the week that most stood out to me, but I know that Friday's Hands that Give event was either at the top or close to it.  Several of you gathered together to learn about how to leave a legacy that lasts beyond yourself and your leadership.  I can't put into words what happened in that room on Friday, but it was powerful. 

From the comments of those who attended, people “got” legacy (some for the first time) and left with the practical wisdom they needed to complete or revise their plans.  I know I say it constantly, but I will say it again: Don't miss this one, folks!  Your legacy plan is foundational and undergirds the other three.  I encourage you to reach out to someone who attended and talk to them about what they learned.  Obviously 8 hours totally dedicated to the topic of legacy allows us to go a lot deeper and provide much more content than even the “Planning for Success” book allows.

I know this will be a workshop we will offer again in the future.  Thank you to the attendees for coming to listen and learn, and thank you to the Heartland Leadership Group team for coaching us in such a powerful way.  We talked about a host of different areas that are part of creating a real legacy plan, and honestly, we only scratched the surface But the truth is that no matter where we are in the legacy planning process - not started, on the path, moving along nicely, pretty well done - the reality is that we are never done with this plan (or any of them for that matter).  It is a journey that won't end until we breathe our last breath.

I can't urge you strongly enough to keep working on your legacy plan.  It is key to why you run your business and live your life.  And there is no more unfortunate situation than doing either of those without a plan.  Let me know if I can assist by reviewing your progress, or giving some ideas, or sharing some samples.  It's hard work, but having executed some of my legacy plan already, I can tell you from first hand experience how important it can be.  Make the time and get to work on it!

HTG Summit 2013 was an awesome event.  I can't wait to see everyone in Orlando at IT Nation in November!


About the Author

Arlin Sorensen serves as the CEO and Founder of the Heartland Companies which includes HTG Peer Groups. When he is not traveling to speak and consult, he is home on his farm in Iowa with his wife Nancy. He is a proud “Pop” to four precocious grandchildren who serve as daily reminders of why he is intentionally living to leave a strong legacy of faith and integrity. He loves making a difference in the lives and businesses of small business owners. You can reach him at or on Twitter @asorensen.

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