Global Leadership Summit: Bob Goff & Mark Burnett
Bob Goff surprised me… coming out on stage he was dressed like the lawyer that he is. Twenty seven seconds into his talk I quickly realized that the dude is a firecracker. Over the next thirty minutes he gave a high-energy whirlwind of a talk that seemed like it went all over the place, but came together around the truth of the Gospel, and what we are ultimately called to do: be open to what we are called to do, be willing to own that calling, and focus all of our effort on Christ (this is a VERY rough paraphrase, as I had a hard time keeping up with him and taking notes with all of the laughter).
Mark Burnett has been hitting the Christian conference circuit pretty hard lately, this was the third time I had seem him in the last year (Catalyst, Q, and now the Global Leadership Summit). Bill set up the interview by talking a little bit about one of his favorite concepts: making a difference where you are… whether you are a pastor, ministry leader, banker, car salesman, or a Hollywood Producer.
This was the first true interview of the Summit (Colin Powell was a talk followed by a discussion), and was much different than what I had expected. While much of the introduction was a rerun (no pun intended) of the conversations I had seen before, the conversation was actually pretty engaging, with a few pretty humorous moments when Mark said “ass” twice (que cranky uncle Bill!). Here are a few new things I took away from the conversation:
- Mark said “When I hear no, I hear N.O.: next opportunity.” I normally roll my eyes at this kind of thing, but this really resonated with me (perhaps it was the accent?).
- In order to make our God given vision a reality, we need to stop playing defense, and start playing offense. Stop apologizing for what you are called to do, and get after it!
- On leadership: it is far more important to choose your traveling companions well than to choose the direction you are headed.
- If the person at the top of a team does not raise up people and empower them to do their job, a project will fail.
- Dream big, but don’t move forward with that dream until you have a clue about the logistics of that dream.
- Making shows that are Christian is NOT an excuse to making it crappy.
Bill Hybels closed out the session with a very simple call to each of us: do something beyond yourself, within the unique context in which you serve, for the sake of the Gospel.