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Chick-fil-A Leadercast 2013

If you missed the 2013 Chick-fil-A 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. Leadership Made Simple

Andy Stanley, Author and Lead Pastor at North Point Community Church walked through the fact that growth creates complexity which requires simplicity and taught 3 key questions that need to be answered to simplify leadership.

2. The Power of Focus

David Allen was named Forbes’ Top 5 Executive Coach and author of “Getting Things Done.” Crisis evokes focus on a very specific outcome which charts your course of action.

3. Necessary Endings

Dr. Henry Cloud, best selling author and leadership consultant tackles the psychology behind the work we do and what keeps us from simplifying things in the workplace.

4. The Difference between Simple and Simplistic

John Maxwell, best selling author and leadership expert walks through the differences between being simple and simplistic.

5. Getting High Performing Leaders to Work Together

Duke University and Olympic Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski talked about getting high performers to work together on a team to get great results.

6. An Interview with Leadership Giant Jack Welch

Any time you get to learn first hand from a leader like Jack Welch it’s gold…and this interview was no exception. Here are some of my notes from  Fortune Magazine’s Manager of the Century, Jack Welch.

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Chick-fil-A Leadercast: Jack Welch

Any time you get to learn first hand from a leader like Jack Welch it’s gold…and this interview was no exception. Here are some of my notes from Fortune Magazine’s Manager of the Century, Jack Welch,

  • In businesses, people want to run big things. Leaders are reluctant to prune things and let go of things because when you prune things they get smaller.
  • It’s absolutely critical that each of your direct reports know where they stand with you as their leader/manager
  • The cruelest form of management is not being clear and candid with your employees
  • If you don’t like people then being in the people business is a terrible job

You find a generosity gene in every great leader:

  • They love to give raises
  • They love to give promotions
  • They love to give more responsibility
  • They love to see you grow

The 3 C’s:

  1. Self Confidence: As the leader pour this into your team everyday.
  2. Simplicity: This leads to clarity and only self confident people can be simple.
  3. Speed: If you get this, you win the game.
  • The team that fields the best players wins
  • Key question to ask about change: “What’s in it for them?”
  • A budget review is just a personnel review with numbers
  • When you say something is important, back it up with your best personnel
  • You can give 1,000’s of speeches as a leader but one personnel move can really show where your values are
  • Make your boss smarter than he was before the meeting
  • Managers need to take care of their best people so well, they don’t want to leave

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Chick-fil-A Leadercast: Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Listening to Coach Krzyzewski the legendary basketball coach at Duke University (no matter what you think about Duke) talk about getting high performers work together as a team and get great result out of them was incredible!

  • In order to learn you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone
  • A leader is someone who puts their people in a position to succeed at a consistent level and they build a culture and environment of success
  • There’s no job that a leader should be too big to do

Simple Leadership practices that change everything if you do them:

  1. The most important thing about leadership is communication
  2. Always tell the truth (you can’t “wonder” about what other people on the team are doing or saying)
  3. Expect to hear the truth
  4. Take immediate action (deal with what’s going on instead of trying to figure out what’s going on)
  5. Trust (the most important part of leadership). If you don’t trust and if you don’t have trust 2 is not better than 1.

Getting high performing leaders play together:

  • Don’t leave your ego at the door (be you)…but develop a collective ego as a team
  • Establish permission to play standards
  • Rules don’t lead and rules often times are not owned by the people being ruled. But standards are how we do things all the time.
  • Standards are internally owned while rules are externally enforced

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Chick-fil-A Leadercast: John Maxwell

As always John Maxwell put out some great content this year to chew on. Here are some of my take-aways:

  • “The business schools reward complex behavior, but it’s the simple behavior that makes you effective in life” Warren Buffet
  • There is a difference between a communicator and an educator. A communicator takes something complicated and makes it simple. An educator takes something simple and makes it complex.
  • It isn’t easy to be simple, but it is effective.
  • It is easy to be simplistic, but it isn’t easy to be simple.
  • Simplistic = shallow and fast: “Experience is the best teacher”
  • Complex = deep & slow: “Experience isn’t the best teacher because how many people do you know who are getting older but aren’t getting better?”
  • Simple = deep & fast:
  • Add: value to people. If you really want to be a leader then add value to people every day.
  • Subtract: your leadership landmines.
  • Multiply: your strengths by developing them
    • Confidence doesn’t replace skill
  • Divide: your weaknesses by delegating them
  • A leader is like a quarterback. They don’t get paid to run the ball but to get the ball to the right players.

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Chick-fil-A Leadercast: David Allen

David Allen was named Forbes’ Top 5 Executive Coach and author of “Getting Things Done.” Here are some thoughts from his talk:

  • Crisis evokes focus on a very specific outcome which charts your course of action
  • You can only feel good about what you’re not doing when you know what you’re not doing
  • How do you know if you’re appropriately engaged in something? Answer: It’s on your mind
  • Without crisis we end up saying “We need more time.” Because everything gets our attention and takes space when we’re not focused. You say you need more time when everything seems to be taking up equal space.
  • How much time does it take to have a good idea, or make a good decision? Zero…if you have no room/space.
  • You are most productive when you have the room to make a mess
  • Lesson 1: Flexibility not perfection: you want things to be directionally correct and be able to make mid-course corrections
  • Lesson 2: Shift in and out: focused attention – pay attention to what has your attention
  • Key 1: anything on your mind get it off your mind (make a list)
  • Key 2: make decisions about your list / what does “done” look like?
  • Key 3: step back and map it out (calendar etc.)
  • If you don’t get it out you’ll be driven by the latest and loudest item

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