Aug
9
2013

Global Leadership Summit: Joseph Grenny

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Joseph Grenny’s talk was entitled “Change Behavior, Change the World.” Grenny started off reminding us that leadership is influence, and that we as leaders need to understand how to influence in order to be effective. He asked us to consider current trends: Americans spend 3 billion hours playing online games each week 1 in 34 people, or 7 million, are incarcerated in the United States Obesity has gone up astronomically in the United States since the 80s Smoking […]

Aug
8
2013

Global Leadership Summit Day One

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Thursday marked day one of The Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit. This is one of my favorite conferences of the year, as I am always stretched by a diverse faculty that pushes me to think through leadership in new ways. This year has been no different. In the past, I have traditionally done a one post summary of the Summit, however this year I decided to do a more indepth summary of each session. […]

Aug
8
2013

Global Leadership Summit: Colin Powell

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General Colin Powell was quite impressive. He came out and very humbly shared the way that he approaches leadership and why he was successful throughout his career. He started off with a short talk, followed by a discussion with Bill Hybels that unearthed some meaty chunks of wisdom for church leaders. The three main points of his talk were take care of your troops, have a destination, and constantly review your progress. Take Care of Your Troops We […]

Aug
8
2013

Global Leadership Summit: Liz Wiseman

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Liz Wiseman came out and told us what we have all suspected for quite a while, but couldn’t prove: there are bosses that are multipliers of their team’s talent and bosses which diminish their teams talent. She gave some fascinating descriptions of both categories, which brought names to mind… see if it does the same for you: Multipliers believe people are able to figure things out on their own Diminishers believe that only they can […]

Aug
8
2013

Global Leadership Summit: Chris Brown

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Chris Brown went after one of the biggest concerns I currently have for the church of the next ten years: leadership transition, and elevating young leaders. Contrasting two stories in a way that I had never heard before, Chris described what Pharoah got right when elevating Joseph to a position of power within Egypt as opposed to how Saul botched his handling of David. In both situations, the young men had proven themselves to be […]

Aug
8
2013

Global Leadership Summit: Patrick Lencioni

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Patrick Lencioni brought it this morning, with a talk that I had not seen him do before. The core message of his talk was simple: people leave their jobs because they are miserable. He then went on to speak to the three reasons why people are miserable at work: anonymity, irrelevance, and immeasurement. Anonymity When people are not known by the people they work for they become a commodity… just another tool to be used by the bosses. […]

Aug
8
2013

Global Leadership Summit: Bob Goff & Mark Burnett

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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 […]

Aug
8
2013

Global Leadership Summit: Bill Hybels

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Over the last decade or so, I have greatly enjoyed watching Bill Hybels as he has evolved in his leadership. It has been fun to watch as he has grown, and changed… especially over the last couple of years. Now that Bill has gotten a little older, he has evolved into the stage of being “cranky uncle Bill.” As the descendant of a long and distinguished line of cantankerous old men, I greatly appreciate this […]

Aug
7
2013

Leaders Versus Wannabes

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Umair Haque has a fantastic piece at the Harvard Business Review decrying the lack of leaders in the world today and pointing out the differences between leaders and wannabes. The entire piece is worth the read, but this quote summarizes that difference beautifully: Wannabes are something like metric-maximizing robots. Given a set of numbers they must “hit,” they beaver away trying to hit them. The leader knows their job is very different: not merely to […]

Aug
5
2013

What Defines a Disciple?

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I will admit that I get a little bit geeky about Seth Godin from time to time. Last week he posted a simple blog post that should make every church leader think long and hard about their church: “People like us do stuff like this” There is no more powerful tribal marketing connection than this. More than features, more than benefits, we are driven to become a member in good standing of the tribe. We […]