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Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit 2013

If you missed the 2013 Global Leadership Summit, then you missed some great content, great speakers, and incredible ideas that have the potential to shift your thinking when it comes to leadership. This really was one of the best Leadership Summits I can remember. But no worries! Now you’ve got all the notes to every session right here at your fingertips for free! Hope you enjoy!

1. Bill Hybels

Willow Creek Community Church Founder and Senior Pastor Bill Hybels opened the Summit addressing the courage that leadership requires.

2. Colin Powell

One of the United States greatest leaders in recent history, General Colin Powell, gave a talk based on his recent book “It Worked for Me, in Life and Leadership.”

3. Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni, is the founder and president of The Table Group and author of 10 best selling books. He gave an incredible talk about “The 3 Signs of a Miserable Job”!

4. Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman is the President of the Wiseman Group, a Silicon Valley leadership development firm. She is a former executive at Oracle Corporation, a Fortune 100 company. She is also a Wall Street Journal Best-selling Author. She gave a talk based on her book Multipliers.

5. Chris Brown

Chris Brown serves as one of four Lead Pastors at North Coast Community Church in Southern California. Without question this was one of the best and most challenging talks for Church Leaders this year!

6. Bob Goff

Founder and CEO of Restore International, Attorney, and Author of the incredible book Love Does. In his unique style Bob talked about how love takes action.

7. Mark Burnett

It was incredible to sit and listen to Bill Hybles have a conversation with Mark Burnett, four-time Emmy Award Winner and Executive Producer of Survivor, The Voice and The Bible among other shows.

8. Joseph Grenny

Joseph Grenny is the Co-Founder of VitalSmarts and best-selling author. He spoke on mastering the skill of influence, the topic of his book: Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change.

9.Vijay Govindarajan

Vijay Govindarajan was interviewed by Jim Mellado about getting innovation right. Vijay is ranked #3 on Thinkers 50 and was named one of the Top 10 Business School Professors in the world by Business Week.

10. Dr. Brene Brown

Dr. Brene Brown, Research Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work did an incredible job speaking about the vulnerability of a leader. Dr. Brown is a groundbreaking researcher into the topics of shame, worthiness, and courage. Check out her book Daring Greatly.

11.Oscar Muriu

Oscar Muriu who serves as the Senior Pastor at Nairobi Chapel in Kenya gave an inspiring talk about multiplying your impact exponentially. Under Oscar’s leadership Nairobi Chapel has grown from a 40 person local church to a network of 30 churches with more than 14,000 in weekly attendance!

12. Dr. Henry Cloud

Leadership expert, clinical psychologist, and best selling author Dr. Henry Cloud spoke on “Reversing the Death Spiral of a Leader.”

13. Andy Stanley

The closing session of the 2013 Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit was entrusted to Andy Stanley of North Point Ministries, and he delivered!

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Global Leadership Summit 2013: General Colin Powell

If you missed this year’s Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit, no worries! I started posting all of my notes from each session earlier this morning and will continue all week. So check back often to get all of the great content you missed from some incredible leaders and communicators. Like this session from General Colin Powell. You can also pick up his new book “It Worked for Me, in Life and Leadership.”

  • Leadership = Getting more out of people than the science of management says you can.
  • Leaders inspire people to reach beyond themselves.
  • Leaders aren’t the people getting the work done. It’s followers getting the real work done. Leadership efforts need to be focused on the followers to help them get the right things done.
  • Giving them a sense of purpose (what are we doing this work for?).
  • Trust is connected to empowerment. You can’t empower people if you can’t trust them. If you can trust them you can risk. Give them a zone of operation…it gives them a sense of power and purposefulness. It also means the leader needs to act in a trustworthy manner.
  • Trust it the glue and holds an organization together and the lubricant that keeps it moving forward.
  • Great leaders constantly refresh and repeat simple themes.
  • If you want to be a great leader, take care of your troops.
    • Give them a sense of purpose
    • Remember that execution is the most important part of leadership
    • Failure is an option every time
  • Soldiers are not looking for sympathy, they don’t want people to say they’re sorry, they want to tell their story and know their service matter, they want to be recognized.
  • Great leader always collide with great timing (“luck” favors the prepared).
  • It’ll look different in the morning: it may not, a day may go bad, but it’s an attitude, it’s an aspiration, it’s going to be better because we’re going to make it better.
  • Perpetual optimism is force multiplier: how can I make my force more effective? Supplies, numbers, etc. No matter how bad things are we’re going to fix it. When you do have a good day don’t get too wound up about it. When you have a bad day, don’t get too down about it. People look to leaders to solve problems. People don’t respond to orders.
  • Get mad, but then get over it: mad is a bad attitude. Everyone get’s mad. When you act when you’re mad you’re not at your best. If you stay mad the whole organization is contaminated. People won’t come to you as the leader etc.
  • How do you know when to fire somebody and when to give them a second chance? When you can’t get a subordinate to work on your purposes it’s time for them to go. The first ones to know about it is the “others” they know it before everyone else. And they’re waiting for the leader to do something about it. Leaders solve problems. And if you don’t solve this kind of problem you lose the trust of your subordinates. And people will stop bringing you problems…when they stop bringing you problems they think you can’t solve them or that you don’t care (that’s even worse).
  • See an aspiring leader – what’s a red flag? Ego
  • Tell someone they’re not cut out to be a leader: promote people on their potential not their performance…you have to have an instinct of their potential. Past performance is an indicator not a guarantee.
  • Tell me Early: problem solving is what leaders do…but tell me about the problem early. Don’t try to work on it before you tell me about it…tell me early…no surprises. But you’ve got to create the environment where people will come in and tell you.
  • You have to challenge people or they’ll just sit there and watch you.
  • Don’t expect your boss to solve your problems. They have their own problems to solve.

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2013 Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit

I’m pleased to announce that Sun Valley Community Church is partnering with Central Christian Church to bring the 2013 Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit to the Phoenix East Valley this year! The Summit event is telecast LIVE from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August and will be experienced in more than 300+ cities in 90 countries and translated into 42 languages.

Dates & Times: Thursday, August 8 – Friday, August 9 from 8:30am – 4:30pm each day
Location: CentralAZ Mesa Campus | 933 N. Lindsay Road Road | Mesa, AZ 85213
Cost: Register for Early Bird Pricing on or before 6/25 and receive the following pricing: WCA Member Group Rate (15+ people) = $159 | WCA Member Rate (1-14 people) = $199 | Individual Rate = $249 | Student/Faculty Rate = $79
Registration: To register you and your team, and for more information follow this link.

The Summit has put together an incredible faculty this year which includes: Bill Hybels, Founder & Sr. Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church | General Colin Powell, Former U.S. Secretary of State | Dr. Brene Brown, Research Professor University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work | Mark Burnett, Four-time Emmy Award Winner; Executive Television Producer | Vijay Govindarajan, Top 50 Management Thinker | Patrick Lencioni, Founder & President of The Table Group and Best Selling Author | Lize Wiseman, Executive Strategy and Leadership Consultant | Oscar Muriu, Senior Pastor of Nairobi Chapel, Kenya | Dr. Henry Cloud, Clinical Psychologist, Leadership Consultant, Best-selling Author | Chris Brown, Co-Senior Pastor and Teaching Pastor at North Coast Church | Joseph Grenny, Co-Founder, VitalSmarts and Best Selling Author | Bob Goff, Founder and CEO of Restore International and Attorney | Andy Stanley, Founder and Sr. Pastor of North Point Ministries

Bonus FREE Stuff!

As a bonus I’m giving away 3 tickets to this years Summit! Here are the conditions: 1) Your Church or Group must be new to the Phoenix East Valley Summit Location 2) It’s limited to one ticket per group (so if everyone’s counting correctly that’s three new groups) and 3) Contact me using my contact form on my blog. It’s that simple!

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