(A picture of HK International Airport from 2013)
I'm sitting in the airport at San Francisco, about to head off to the Fortune Global Forum 2017 in Guangzhou, China.? As an added bonus I'll get a little time at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech International conference the preceding day.
If you're attending either conference and want to connect please reach out to me (perhaps the easiest way is my twitter handle @sfrancisatx).?
I'm attending to learn more about what global businesses are doing to address the digital experience - and how these firms connect the experience with the core processes of their business.? This is the crucial process and operations work that our team at BP3 does every day, and we're always looking for outside inspiration and ideas for improving what we do.? If you want to talk process in the digital experience I'll buy the coffee!
We're flying through Hong Kong in order to visit with relatives who live there, and then taking the train into Guangzhou, really looking forward to the adventure. It has been more than 4 years since my last visit to Hong Kong and I'm already looking forward to a few favorite meals, and catching up with friends and family. It will be my first trip to Guangzhou and I'm very curious to see if the pressures of automation and wages are putting process front and center for Chinese businesses, and if they have different answers to these challenges than our colleagues in the US or Europe.
I'll be blogging about my experiences while I'm there, though publishing of those thoughts may be delayed hours or days as I try to keep up!
I never imagined when I graduated from college that I would be traveling internationally for work or business, and yet here we are.? As one of our friends in the business put it many years ago, we're putting the global in BP3 Global, one step at a time. Sometimes that means losing weekends and sleep, and being away from family.? But it has been one of the most fulfilling parts of the journey of building BP3 and working with our clients.? I'm grateful for our amazing team back home that is holding down the fort and taking care of all of our clients while I'm out of the office - our clients could not be in better hands!