The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines providence as "the quality or state of making provision for the future."
I was in Providence today, meeting with two groups of people who are focusing on the future. I was asked to speak to the Chief Executives Club of Rhode Island about Growing Great Employees, and to EClub RI – a group of entrepreneurs and small business owners – about Being Strategic.
Bob Fiske, the energy behind both groups, made sure both sessions were well set up and lively – and that the food was both good and plentiful! It was lots of fun, and seemed valuable to the club members who attended.
What was most heartening to me, though, was to feel, hear and see both groups' combination of hard-headed practicality and uniquely American optimism. If these are the kinds of people who are running US businesses today, we're going to be OK on the other side of this big re-set we're all in. These folks are "making provision for the future" in ways that seem to balance care for the bottom line, the need to find new ways of reaching it, and a recognition of the importance pf engaging your employees in figuring out how to get there.