Big Omaha – Keep Business Flexible

The biggest takeaway that I had from the Big Omaha Conference was to keep your business flexible regardless of pressure to bureaucratize, measure, and manage every detail.  Having a vision is a positive way to know you’re making progress and working to a common end, but having a “plan” as used by Jason Fried, implies that you have left yourself no room to be flexible.

The best information you will have is the information available right now and for that reason, a discussed and written plan is always out of date.  If you must have a detailed plan, give yourself the freedom to deviate and create as inspiration is fleeting and must be acted upon quickly.  Don’t let the plan stop you from responding to inspiration.

For instance, a plan that involves long-term commitments to newspaper advertising might best be changed in light of current problems in that industry.  A plan to mow your grass gets changed on a rainy day.  No matter what the original idea, being adaptable is the name of the game and that is where David gets his advantage over Goliath.

There are many others who have been inspired by the Big Omaha Conference and I would like to recap some of their thoughts as well:

George Brooks’ seems surprised that the trip from Kansas City to Omaha was overwhelmingly worthwhile.  It’s cool to see an event like this exceeding expectations across the board.

Chris Rikli was inspired by Gary Vaynerchuk’s passion for people and business and the possibilities of development with YQL (Yahoo Query Language) and impressed by the organization, planning and venue.

Jeff Slobotski reflects on how a humble idea only a few months ago turned into an overwhelming hit with the community and a showcase for the creative and innovative atmosphere that is present in Omaha.

John Meyer recaps the conference and his experience after asking Gary if Wine Library was hiring.

Jenn Bailey recaps some of the best quotes and moments from the speakers at the conference.

Jason Fried took note of Jeffrey’s message about being sincere and accessible.  If you are transparent to your community, you can make big mistakes and be forgiven when you apologize.

Micah Laaker talks up Omaha and how it has been a great place to be, but is now getting some of the recognition it deserves.

Jolie O’Dell gives a very nice conference wrap up.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of what has been written in the wake of the event, but it makes up a good sample of what Big Omaha has meant to participants and oberveres.