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Chick-fil-A Leadercast: Henry Cloud

I love the way Dr. Henry Cloud tackles the psychology behind the work we do. Want to learn more? Check out my post on his book Necessary Endings and the notes below:

  • The real work is not to get the right strategy but getting the people to work the strategy
  • Boundary #1: Necessary endings – when the leader realizes that the worst thing they can have is hope. Great leaders master the art of pruning:
    • A rosebush produces more buds than it can sustain so only the best ones are kept. There are 3 kinds of pruning that need to take place:
    • Good Stuff: What’s good but not best? Activity doesn’t equal movement or progress. Sometimes more activity is just more activity and it just leads to more complexity and simplicity is what is needed. The life and future of a company is in about 20% of the company. Feed the future.
    • Sick Stuff: What’s sick and not going to get well? Stuff that’s season has passed. Sometimes leaders get so invested in something (ego, time and energy, etc.) and the season passes and it’s time to pull the plug on it. Pruning takes courage.
    • Dead Stuff: What’s dead and taking up space? People hold on too long (even when it’s not best for the future) because they feel like they need to be the source to everything or they have emotional attachment to the past. You can’t grasp the future while holding onto the past.
  • Boundary #2: Focused Attention – great leaders lead people in ways that the people’s brains can actually follow them…they create focused attention so people’s brains can work.
    • Attend to what is relevant so you know what to do:
    • Inhibit everything else:
    • Create a working memory (keep it in front of them all the time):
  • If everything is important nothing is
  • Do you have enough desire for your goals to exercise the discipline it takes reach them?

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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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Chick-fil-A Leadercast: Andy Stanley

If you missed the Chick-fil-A Leadercast this past Friday then you missed out on some great content! But no worries you can catch up quick. 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!

  • I may be in charge but I don’t always know what to do.
  • I’m never the smartest person in the room, I’m just the leader
  • Level 5 Leaders have the humility to aspire to be the dumbest person in the room via Jim Collins

When you realize you’re not the smartest person in the room:

    1. You learn to surround yourself with people smarter than yourself
    2. You’re willing to risk and try new things
  • Growth creates complexity | Complexity is unavoidable | Complexity is the enemy of clarity (everything)
  • If you have the only hot dog stand in town, your hot dogs don’t have to be that good

Leadership Made Simple:

Question #1: What are we doing?

  • There is incredible power when you can reduce what you’re doing right now down to one simple statement – it has to be memorable and portable
  • The mist in your mind will eventually become a fog in your organization
  • If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, you’re going to have a difficult time doing it
  • If you don’t have a simple answer to the question “What are we doing?” then it’s because you haven’t worked on it long enough

Question #2: Why are we doing it?

  • Where there is a compelling answer to the question “why” people will lean in passionately
  • If this question isn’t answered then people lose their motivation and it just becomes a job

Question #3: Where do I fit in?

  • What’s your critical role?
  • What is your unique contribution?
  • What is your core responsibility?

Action Step: Create for yourself and your direct reports (and critical players in your organization) a one sentence job description. Examples:

  • Andy’s: Inspire our staff and congregations to remain fully engaged in our mission and strategy
  • CFO: Create implement and monitor systems that ensure our organization remains fiscally secure
  • Andy’s Admin: Keep Andy’s path clear of nonessential tasks and decisions so that he can do what only he can do
  • Growth creates complexity which requires simplicity

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Chick-fil-A Leadercast 2013

I’m excited to announce that Sun Valley Community Church is hosting the Chick-fil-A Leadercast for the third 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.

Chick-fil-A has put together an incredible lineup of speakers including Jack Welch, Former Chairman & CEO of General Electric | Andy Stanley, Best-selling leadership author & communicator| Mike Krzyzweski, Head men’s basketball coach, Duke University and Team USA | John Maxwell, Best-selling author and leadership expert | Dr. Henry Cloudl, Best-selling author and leadership consultant | LCDR Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL and star of the 2012 movie Act of Valor | Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympic gold medalist, track & field | David Allen, Best-selling author of Getting Things Done and productivity expert | Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State (2005-2009) Exclusive Simply Lead video interview with John C. Maxwell

Date: Friday, May 10, 2013

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 per person and includes breakfast, lunch, and your conference workbook. There is special pricing discounts for groups.

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

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