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Leadership Summit 2017: Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley founded North Point Ministries (NPM) more than 20 years ago. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of 30 churches around the globe, collectively serving nearly 70,000 people weekly. Recently, Outreach Magazine identified Stanley as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Pastors in America.” The author of more than 20 books, he is passionate about serving both church and organizational leaders.

  • If we had it to do all over again what would we do all over again?
  • What really worked?
  • We did an autopsy on our success.
  • Usually as leaders we only critique our failures. But if all you focus on is your failures you may never learn to repeat success.
  • If you don’t know why things are going well, then when things go bad you won’t know how to help things start going well “again
  • Resource: “Lessons from the first 20 years” – podcast from the Andy Stanley podcast
  • Why did our organization grow so fast? Because we’re not growing that fast anymore.
  • We had a uniquely better product
  • Nobody was doing church the way we were doing church in the Southeast US
  • If you have the only hot dog stand in town your hot dogs don’t have to be that good
  • We weren’t the best at what we did, a lot of people are doing church, it wasn’t a new category. We were doing something unique in our category.
  • Unique is different than one of a kind
  • Unique can be bad too and unique won’t necessarily give you momentum
  • Better means it does what it’s designed to do better than the competition
  • We created an engaging church experience for the whole family especially for men
  • We aren’t unique anymore which means we are not uniquely better anymore
  • Somebody somewhere in your industry is messing with the rules to the prevailing model
  • Every industry has a prevailing model so every industry has a set of specific assumptions
  • Which means every industry is stuck in a certain manner
  • Discovering uniquely better is virtually impossible
  • Uniquely better is often the byproduct of circumstances that successful organizations are trying to avoid
  • Uniquely better is often so unique that established organizations can’t imagine that as being better
  • Our best hope and our responsibility as leaders is to create organizational cultures positioned to recognize rather than resist “uniquely better”

#1 Be a student not a critic

  • I will never criticize something I don’t understand
  • We naturally resist things that we don’t understand or we can’t control
  • As a leader you must overcome that tendency
  • The moment you start criticizing you stop learning and when you stop learning you stop leading and when you stop leading the leaders in your organization will leave
  • “The next generation product and idea almost never comes from the previous generation” AL Reis, Focus

#2 You have to keep your eyes and mind wide open

  • Listen to outsider, listen to outsiders, listen to outsiders, listen to outsiders
  • Outsiders aren’t bound by our assumptions
  • Closeminded leaders, close minds
  • You can’t see a closed mind in the mirror
  • How do you respond to staff who make suggestions based on what they’ve observed in other organizations?
  • When was the last time the organizations embraced a big idea that wasn’t your idea?
  • When is the last time you weren’t sure about an initiative but you gave the go ahead anyway?
  • “We must pay attention to the frontiers of our ignorance” Sam Harris
  • Being the leader and leading are entirely two different things.

#3 Replace How? with Wow!

  • “But how?” Kills ideas.
  • Wow ideas to life, don’t how them to death
  • We fuel innovation or shut it down by our response
  • Nothing is gained by not knowing what your people are dreaming about
  • The world will put enough “hows” in front of our children…let’s just be “wow” parents.
  • Your greatest contribution to the world may not be something you do but someone you raise

#4 Ask the uniquely better questions

  • Is this unique?
  • What would make this unique?
  • Is it better?
  • Is it better…really?
  • If you’re constantly thinking “uniquely better” then you will see it when it comes along

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Leadercast 2014 Recap

If you missed the 2014 Leadercast, then you missed some great content, great speakers, and incredible ideas that have the potential to shift your thinking when it comes to leadership. But no worries! Now you’ve got all the notes to every session right here at your fingertips for free! Hope you enjoy!

1. Becoming a Beyond You Leader

Andy Stanley, author and Lead Pastor at North Point Community Church walked through 3 ways to become a leader that makes an impact and leaves a legacy that goes beyond you.

2. The Wake of a Leader

Best selling author and leadership psychologist, Dr. Henry Cloud, talked about the wake that leaders leave behind them as they travel towards the future.

3. 4 Characteristics of a Good Leader

ArchBishop Desmond Tutu challenged leaders to imagine a world where leaders didn’t make decisions based only on strategy or economics, but what was best for everyone involved.

4. Nothing Prepares Your for Leadership as much as Experience

First Lady Laura Busch was interviewed about her experience in the White House and having a first hand seat to watching world changing decisions happen every single day.

5. Legitimate Leadership

Best selling author and speaker Malcolm Gladwell discussed 3 characteristics that legitimize any given leader as someone worth following.

6. The Dream of a Leader

Bill McDermott, Co-CEO and Executive Board Member of SAP challenged leaders to find, keep, and chase their dream.

7. Leadership is a Practice not an Event

Leadercast concluded with leadership expert and best selling author Simon Sinek who challenged leaders to lead with courage.

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Leadercast 2014: Andy Stanley

If you missed Leadercast this past week then you missed out on some great leadership content! But no worries you and your team can catch up quickly. I’m going to post my notes and thoughts from each of the sessions over the next couple of days! First up was Andy Stanley…enjoy!

“Beyond you leaders are leaders who fearlessly and selflessly empower leaders around them and as well as those coming along behind them”

Fearlessly: This means you’re not afraid of the 25-year-old leader in your organization that knows more than you. They’re smarter, they’re cooler, they’re hipper, they have newer ideas. The beyond you leader pours into this young leader even though they may take their place in the organization someday.

Empower: This means every single leader has power. If you set somebody’s schedule or salary then you have power. Empowering others means leveraging your influence and power for the sake of the people around you.

  • The value of a life is always measured by how much of it was given away
  • At the end of a life we always celebrate generosity and selflessness
  • The value of your leadership will always be measured by not by accumulation but by how much of it was given away
  • While we may celebrate generosity we envy accumulation
  • If we are not careful and intentional about our leadership being beyond you and not about you, you’ll look back one day and think about what could have been

3 Ways to become a beyond you leader

1. Make as few decisions as possible: One of the most empowering things you can do for those around you is to allow others to make decisions that you could make. If you have the power to make a decision and you give someone else the opportunity to make the decision, you’ve just empowered someone else to lead. Practice saying “you decide”

    • One of the best ways to build consensus and ownership in your organization is to give the power to make decisions away.
    • As your organizational authority increases, your organizational I.Q. decreases – as you have more and more things under your authority and you will know less and less about more and more things.
    • If you don’t allow others to make decisions you are going to be compelled to make decisions about things you know nothing about.
    • The best way to find out who the best decisions makers are in your organization is to allow other to make decisions
    • Just because you have the authority doesn’t mean you need to exercise your authority

2. Work for your team: Ask this question to your team…what can I do to help? Leverage your talent and authority to help you teams dreams come true.

3. Empty your cup: You don’t have everything you need to fill your teams cup. Our responsibility isn’t to fill their cup but it’s our responsibility to empty our cup. Not because that’s all there is to know but it’s all you know.

  • Don’t wait until you’re the boss to do this. Start where you are at. Because if you don’t you’ll think you got there by hoarding instead of by helping.
  • If your leadership isn’t all about you it will live beyond you, but if your leadership is all about you it won’t live beyond you except for serving as someone’s bad example.

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Preach Better Sermons

After working with thousands of pastors and churches, we’ve realized that while preachers love preaching, it’s the preparation that often hurts.  So we’re going “behind the scenes” once again with some of America’s best speakers to find out how they create great messages.

Would you like to learn practical tips from Andy Stanley, Lysa TerKeurst, Carl Lentz, and Derwin Gray for preparing, studying, and delivering your messages? Would you like to learn how to balance sermon/message prep time, with family time, and other commitments?

All of this happens on Tuesday, April 29th at 1pm EDT.  And best of all, it’s 100% FREE.  Preach Better Sermons is a free, three-hour, online conference focused on helping communicators prepare and deliver messages that matter.  Some of the best communicators in the world will unpack preaching principles you can use right away.

It’s 100% free and since it happens online, there are no travel costs.

Date:  April 29th, 2014
Time:  1pm – 4pm EDT
Speakers:  Andy Stanley, Matt Chandler, Lysa TerKeurst, Judah Smith, Herbert Cooper, Michael Hyatt, Andy Andrews, Derwin Gray, & Carl Lentz.
Registration:  Free sign up at PreachBetterSermons.com

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Leadercast 2014

I’m excited to announce that Sun Valley Community Church is hosting Leadercast  for the fourth straight year! It’s going to be an incredible one day leadership event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Georgia to hundreds of locations around the world.

This year’s theme — Beyond You — challenges leaders to leverage their influence for the sake of others. Join some of the nations best leaders at Leadercast Live on May 9, 2014 and discover what it means to be a leader worth following.

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014

Time: Registration & Breakfast begin at 7:00am | The conference begins at 8:00am & concludes at 4:00pm

Location: Sun Valley Community Church, Gilbert, AZ

Cost: $79.00 for Stadium Seating or $89.00 for Floor/Table Seating | Event ticket price includes continental breakfast, snacks and lunch served on site. Each table seats eight. There will be additional tables available for lunch seating. Drawing for a free stay-cation at Gilbert Hyatt Place will be held at the end of the day!

Registration: To register you and your team click here! I look forward to seeing you there!

Speakers: Check out this incredible line up of speakers! Andy Stanley | Malcolm Gladwell | Archbishop Desmond Tutu | Randall Wallace | Bill McDermott | Laura Schroff | Dr. Henry Cloud | Simon Sinek | Laura Bush


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