In a city known as “The Big Easy,” a little more than 70 executives gathered to discuss a topic that was anything but easy—disruption and innovation. Over the course of two days, industry insiders and outsiders poked at, prodded, and flat out instigated what came to be known as “lateral thinking”—approaching issues from different directions to achieve new perspectives on potential outcomes. Executives came from all walks of life, and actively engaged in the conversations—hungry and thirsty for more than the wonderful cuisine of New Orleans. At the end of it, we each walked away with actionable steps we want to put to work in our own businesses. I thought I’d share five key lessons I walked away with.