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May 21, 2015

IMEX Keynote Speaker Bill McDermott Talks Leadership & Events

At the opening ceremony for IMEX Frankfurt, Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, the world’s largest business software company, delivered the keynote speech. “Why do I think the meetings industry really matters?" he asked rhetorically during the presentation. "You inspire customers and drive business. You also matter because you create a network effect that is not just measured in numbers, but because of the people that you touch. You are truly changing the world."

McDermott shared his insight on the definition of great leadership, how to motivate teams, why meetings matter and more. 

"You have to have the dream," he told IMEX’s Sarah Skavron afterwards. "I always remind people, dream big. Winners do something else: They always have a plan, and they set serious goals to attain that dream." 

The meetings industry, McDermott said, is on the "front lines, fighting the battle against leaders who actually think emails and PowerPoint ever changed a darn thing. The only thing that changes things is a leader with a vision...and getting a team that's inspired to do great things."

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