Leadership Summit 2017: Gary Haugen


Gary Haugen leads International Justice Mission (IJM), a world-wide agency rescuing victims of violence, exploitation, slavery and oppression. Recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership – Haugen is the author of three books and has been featured in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times and Forbes.

  • There is one thing that stands between what you learn and what you do. And that one thing is fear.
  • All of the finest leadership training in the world can be rendered useless by fear.
  • That’s why on his last night with His disciples Jesus tells them not to be afraid.
  • Fear is the silent destroyer of dreams
  • Leadership begins with a dream
  • Fear destroys the love that inspires the dream and replaces it with a preoccupation with self
  • We are most likely to not know what scares us the most deeply
  • Being brave is hard
  • You must relentlessly inventory your own fears…what are you really afraid of?
  • Switch from playing defense to playing offense. No great dream was built on the fear of what might go wrong
  • If we are more impressed with bad men than a good God then fear is going to eat your leadership for lunch
  • You cannot move towards a dream of love while retreating to a bunker of fear
  • Hell is playing defense not the kingdom of God
  • 46million people on the planet are in slavery today. More people than at any point in the history of the planet.
  • Great leaders forge a community of courage around them
  • Lone rangers do not make great dreams come true ever, lone rangers make movies
  • If anyone was entitled to adopt a lone ranger leadership model it was Jesus…but what did He do? He forged a community of courage around him.
  • Courage, like fear, is contagious
  • Remember that we are only servants on the battlefield and that the real soldier is Christ Himself.

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Leadership Summit 2017: Angela Duckworth


Angela Duckworth is a professor of psychology at University of Pennsylvania and founder of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the practice of character development. An advisor to the White House, the World Bank and Fortune 500 CEO’s, Duckworth studies grit and self-control, two attributes critical to success and well-being. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, debuted in 2016 as a New York Times bestseller.

  • All people are ambitious. People like to be good at what they do and when given a choice they would like to be excellent.

What do high performers have in common?

  • #1 They are hard workers
  • #2 They finish whatever they begin
  • #3 They have difficulty maintaining their focus on projects that take more than a few months to complete
  • #4 They change their interests from year to year
  • The maturity principle: with age and experience qualities and character like grit get better
  • Grit can change with culture and experience
  • We can build grit
  • There is a huge distinction between talent and effort
  • It takes passion and perseverance
  • Grit = Sustained passion and perseverance for especially long term goal
  • Talent x effort = skill
  • Skill x effort = achievement
  • You can say of talented people that they were born to do something, but you can’t say they were born doing something
  • It takes deliberate practice to become excellent
  • Most people live a life of arrested development…they plateau
  • Many people even drop out and quit
  • World class excellence…what is deliberate practice?
  • It beings with setting a goal
  • They focus 100% on it
  • They get feedback and coaching (you can’t get better at anything without feedback)
  • Reflect and refine
  • Why doesn’t everyone do these things? Why don’t more people do more deliberate practice? It’s not that much fun.
  • Everyone has to drop out of something at some point to pursue other opportunities and goals
  • Grit and happiness go hand in hand…people who have grit are usually content with their life as well

How to build Grit:

  • #1 Develop your interests before training your weaknesses
  • #2 Know the science of deliberate practice…can I do a little more deliberate practice
  • #3 Cultivate purpose beyond yourself
  • #4 Adopt a growth mindset
  • Somebody in your life needs to love you so much that they’ll let you quit on a good day but not on a bad day

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Leadership Summit 2017: Immaculee Ilibagiza


Immaculee Ilibagiza is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that took the lives of nearly one million Tutsi, including her entire family except for one brother. She survived by huddling silently with seven other women in a 3-by-4 foot bathroom for 91 days. Despite unimaginable suffering, she committed herself to a life of peace, hope and forgiveness. Ilibagiza works with the United Nations and is the best-selling author of Left to Tell.

  • I learned to forgive, but more importantly I learned the joy of forgiveness and that forgiveness is possible in every situation
  • To know without a shadow of a doubt that God is real and that when you can’t He can
  • And whatever God tells you, He’s right
  • The genocide happened because we failed to love one another
  • I can’t change other people but I can change myself
  • When things get bad…they can get worse
  • Complaining doesn’t help things get any better
  • In times of crisis you will hear all kinds of voices and you will have to choose the right voice to listen to

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Leadership Summit 2017: Sam Adeyemi


Under Sam Adeyemi’s leadership, Daystar Christian Centre grew from a handful of people to more than 25,000 people weekly – with highly recognized community impact projects. The author of numerous best-selling books, his television programs reach viewers on all continents. Adeyemi founded Daystar Leadership Academy, which is dedicated to releasing a new generation of leaders who will serve as catalysts in the transformation of Africa and the world.

  • In leadership you don’t attract what you want you attract what you are
  • The leadership dynamic works when there is alignment between the sense of identity of the leader and that of the followers
  • If a group of robbers had the chance to elect a police man would they? No. They would elect a more sophisticated and better robber.
  • Leadership is about helping people move from robbers to policemen, helping people become someone they have never been before.
  • Unleashing the potential of followers, especially those who seem less than ideal is the miracle of leadership.
  • The transformation that will show up in your people’s lives is directly connected to your leadership.
  • Real and sustainable change in someone’s’ life begins when there is a change in their sense of identity
  • One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is a new belief in who they are and could be
  • Sometimes what you are used to is not what you belong to
  • What you believe is where you belong
  • The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart
  • Most people are sabotaged by self-limiting beliefs
  • Changing people from the inside out is truly transformational
  • Jesus – See with their eyes, hear with their ears and understand in their hearts they will turn and I will heal them…
  • Whatever people SEE and HEAR over time will enter their HEARTS and put their lives on autopilot

To change your followers from the inside out you need to change what they see and hear

#1 Describe your vision for the organization over and over again

  • vision = the ability to see people, places and things not just the way they are but the way they could be
  • The language you use to describe people matters infinitely
  • It’s not because the leader is special that the followers are there…it’s because the followers are special that the leader is there

#2 Set up a structured training system

  • Is your training system built to develop the ideal leader for your organization?
  • Training creates consistency in knowledge and skills across the organization

#3 Model transformation. People try to reach a standard they can see

  • follow me as I follow Jesus

#4 Reinvent yourself over and over. You die at one level to evolve to another

  • To be someone you’ve never been means you need to let go of what you’ve done in the past, which means you are going to have to get past your insecurities.
  • Many leaders are stranded at one level of success because their capacity has been blunted by their own success.
  • No one should be around you for a year or longer without transformation in their lives.
  • You can do more than you are doing right now.

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Leadership Summit 2017: Marcus Buckingham


Marcus Buckingham, world’s leading authority on strengths, performance and engagement, founded The Marcus Buckingham Company following 30 years at Gallup. He is the best-selling author of multiple books, including Now, Discover Your Strengths.  A Summit favorite, Buckingham will challenge everyone to rethink the vital leadership function of performance management – based on his latest multi-year research, recently featured in Harvard Business Review.

  • Excellence is not the opposite of failure
  • If you want to learn about sales study great sales people
  • If you want to learn about great leadership study great leaders
  • The opposite of bad leadership is not necessarily good leadership…If you study “bad” and invert it you get “not bad” …not great
  • The difference between a happy marriage and an unhappy marriage is not the amount of fights it’s what happens in the space between the fights
  • Most companies don’t know what teams exist and what they do because most work happens informally
  • Your job as a leader is to build more teams like your best teams
  • I’m really enthusiastic about the mission of my company

8 Statements about work

  1. I am really enthusiastic about the mission of the my company
  2. At work I clearly understand what is expected of me
  3. In my team I am surrounded by people who share my values
  4. I have a chance to use my strengths everyday at work
  5. My teammates have my back
  6. I know I will be recognize for excellent work
  7. I have great confidence in my company’s future
  8. In my work I am always challenged to grow

Everyone on your team needs these 2 things from you:

  1. Make me feel part of something bigger than me
  2. Make me feel special
  • Everyone’s favorite subject is themselves
  • Performance reviews are all bogus
  • People can’t rate other people…we’ve known this for years based on real research
  • 61% of our ratings of others is based on ourselves not others behaviors
  • The problems isn’t the ratings…you have to have numbers because you have to invest differently in people – so how do you get good data?
  • Self-rating on those 8 questions can help you get better data

2 questions trump the other 6

  1. (Do) I have a chance to use my strengths every day at work?
  2. At work (Do) I clearly understand what is expected of me?
  • There is a silver bullet: frequent strengths based check-ins about near-term future work (one on one…what are your priorities this week and how can I help?) Accountability
  • Because a year is 52 little sprints
  • If you wait and do it monthly the whole time you’re facing backwards instead of forward
  • People don’t want feedback they want attention and coaching
  • Help them get better don’t just criticize what they do wrong
  • The perfect span of care is the amount of people you can have a frequent touch base with each week…this is leading…this is what you should be busy with

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