Kudos to the Currituck Chamber team for planning an economic conference this fall, and it is no small feat to see the head of the Richmond Fed, Tom Barkin, as a speaker. Leaders are learners, of course, and to be able to gather in one place and one time to hear from excellent thought leaders about their ideas for the future is a great way to carry that perspective right back into our own pursuits. Mr. Barkin's thinking about interest rates alone is worth attending.

More broadly, it's the time of year where we're all trying to be the best, most front-footed kind of leader we can be as we navigate yet another busy summer. The conference, in October, sounds like a long way off but that's precisely the reason to plan for it now. As Benjamin Netanyahu points out so well, the future has a tendency to become the present and sooner than we think.

Clark Twiddy, President of Twiddy & Company, is the author of our Leadership Corner, published on our blog the third Tuesday of each month. He can be reached at ctwiddy@twiddy.com.