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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: Bill McDermott

These are my notes and take-aways from Bill McDermott, Co-CEO and Executive Board Member of SAP.

    • Leaders all have one thing in common…all leaders have followers
    • All winners have a dream
    • It all begins and ends with the customer
    • Dream jobs aren’t as easy as the dream
    • There are 2 kinds of people in organizations:
      • #1 People who go for whatever opportunity comes along
      • #2 People who wait around for the perfect opportunity
    • When opportunity knocks…you have to be ready to go
    • He took leadership of the worst performing region in the company
    • In business everyone is so busy telling people what to do they forget to listen. And people always listen.
    • He spent his first 3 weeks in his new job just listening to why they were 66 out of 66 in production (last).
    • 3 things that the employees in the worst performing region asked for:
      • #1 Stop cutting costs (give us the tools to do our job)
      • #2 Give us a clear vision of what you want (tell me where I’m going)
      • #3 Bring back our Christmas party (let’s have fun getting there)
    • High expectations + simple plan = an underdog come from behind story
    • “I am petrified of leaders who don’t understand the power of celebrating victories”
    • The first thing that had to change was the mindset about what is possible
    • Build your strategies for where the world is going…not where it has been
    • In today’s world purpose matter more than ever before
    • Your organization is either getting better, getting bored, or going broke

Have an audaciously bold dream for who you are and what yo mean for this world


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