The Leadership Forum concluded with an interactive session on strategy and innovation in a world of uncertainty. Roch Parayre, senior partner at Decision Strategies
International, explored the impact of technology, social
changes, government regulation and other external factors
that can influence a company’s growth.
We live in a world of uncertainty but most companies act
as if it’s predictable, Parayre said, even though history tells
us to anticipate big and fast changes. Optionality is critical.
And the more volatile the external environment, the more
you need that flexibility. “Are options part of the DNA of
your company?” he asked. “Do you say no enough?”
Celebrate your failures as learning experiences, he ad-
vised. 3M was famous for awarding failed experiments, as
long as they learned something from those failures. “If you
didn’t fail well, you didn’t try hard enough,” said Parayre of
Think of opportunity as more than risk. “The highway
of business is littered with the carcasses of winners who
become losers,” Parayre said. “Superior opportunities live
in a time of disruption.”
Giving Back to the Industry
NACS offers its sincere thanks to those individuals and companies listed below who donated to the
Convenience Store Foundation for Education and
Research while at the Leadership Forum. Money
is used to fund the Yates Scholarship, the Erickson
Scholarship and the Teri Richman Internship Program. More information about the foundation can
be found at nacsonline.com/foundation.
John David Williamson
Topaz Energy Group
Kwik Chek Food Stores, Inc.
Richard C. Jasper
Tedeschi Food Shops, Inc.
Gilbert D. Moyle
Moyle Petroleum Company
Leo M. Vercollone
Verc Enterprises, Inc.
Parker’s dba The Parker
E-Z Mart Stores, Inc.
Richard Oneslager, Jr.
Shanali Shawn Bhagat
Power Mart Corporation
The Hershey Company
Lorillard Tobacco Company
S & D Coffee & Tea
Mars Chocolate North
Nestle Waters North
Roch Parayre of Decision
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