Thursday, March 1, 2012

Why I'm coming to SEPG 2012 (again) this year - Reason #2

 The #2 Reason to Attend SEPGNATo Build Stronger Relationships with Other Partners
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Howdy Partners!  We’ve come a long way together down the hot and dusty trail.  Now that the SEPG North America rodeo on March 12-March 15 in Albuquerque is almost here, we’re almost to the end of my Top Ten reasons to be there.  (Here’s a round-up of Reason #10Reason #9Reason #8Reason #7Reason #6Reason #5Reason #4, and Reason #3.)  But I still have news for you: whether you’re the quickest artifact herder, the coolest documentation roper, or the bravest process rider in the West … at SEPG NA, you’re wanted.
 So let’s get on with my list of Top 10 Reasons to attend SEPG North America 2012.
Drum roll, please!  Reason #2 is …
To Build Stronger Relationships with Other Partners
As you know by now, I’m a big believer in relationships.  I’ve already posted about the SEGP NA as THE place to build relationships with our customers (Reason #4) and key SEI leaders (Reason #3).  I am even more passionate about building relationships with each other as Partners.
It’s pretty clear to anyone who has developed and nurtured these types of relationships just how far-reaching and powerful a true partnership can be.
At SEPG NA we form, develop and nurture the relationships that matter most in our industry.  You’ll interact with other Partners and Lead Appraisers who, like you, are trying to make their clients successful.  In this way, SEPG NA is more than a conference.  It’s a community of like-minded professionals.
I’d like to see more Partners harness the power of the Partner community.  It’s the one place where we can get to know each other, learn from each other and potentially even work together.  The cool thing is, the more we do business together, the stronger we become as a community.  And the reverse is also true: the stronger we are as a community, the more we do business together.  You might say that the path to strong business is strong community.
As my good friend and competitor Bill Smith knows, I like to call it “co-opetition.”
As a unified Partner group, we are building stronger relationships with the SEI and with our clients.  But it goes beyond that.  We are building a community that helps each other build business.   And we want that!
It’s not too late to register – and we’ll see you in Albuquerque!
Need more reasons to go?  Check back soon for Reason #1.
Jeff Dalton is President of Broadsword Solutions Corporation and the incoming Chairman of the SEI’s Partner Advisory Board.  He is a SCAMPI Lead Appraiserwhose blog can be read at  He can be reached at