2014 General Opening Session

IMG_1440NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Attendees of the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention General Opening Session heard the story of an extraordinary leader and his experiences and how these relate to the problems the cattle industry faces.

Richard Phillips, the merchant marine on which the movie Captain Phillips is based, was the keynote speaker for the opening session. Phillips spoke about the leadership lessons he learned based on his experience with Somalian pirates.

Phillips noted three major leadership themes that not only apply to serving as a leader in crisis situations, but are useful in a variety of leadership instances.

“These aren’t just skills to use on the high seas,” Phillips said. The leadership skills Phillips described are for professional and personal use in the cattle industry as well. The themes were: you are much stronger than you know, nothing is lost until we choose to give up, and a dedicated, professional team can overcome any problem.

Phillips related these leadership concepts to the cattle industry, particularly in regard to the competition, economic and available workforce problems in the industry.

“When faced with a threatening situation we find something within us,” Phillips said.

After the opening session, Phillips signed copies of his book A Captain’s Duty at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., trade show booth for attendees. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica sponsored the 2014 General Opening Session.

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Author:Stuart Estes

I am an agricultural communications student at the University of Arkansas with skills ranging from news reporting to marketing to research.

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