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Leadership Summit 2016: Jossy Chacko

Jossy Chacko gave a fantastic (and witty) talk at the Global Leadership Summit about Expanding your Leadership. Jossy serves as the Founder and President of Empart Inc.

  • You have been trusted with something, how are you proving that you can be trusted with more
  • Faithfulness is not just sitting on what you’ve been given. It’s multiplying.
  • Keeping things safe and steady, playing it safe, and maintaining is not God’s mission.
  • Your legacy will be determined by what you do with what you’ve been entrusted with

The 3 E’s in Expanding your Leadership

#1 Enlarge your Vision

  • What are the conversations like on your Board and Sr. Leadership Team?
  • Is it about maintenance or multiplication?
  • When people hear the vision it should inspire them to do big things for God and challenge their view of what God is like
  • Don’t let popularity determine your vision but instead lean on what the Creator has put inside of you
  • Enlarging your vision means staying focused and allowing your horizon to get bigger at the same time
  • Start with the opportunities that are around you
  • People don’t sacrifice their lives for a statement on a wall

#2 Empower your People

  • Give people the resources they need to do their job and then leave, and let them figure out solutions
  • Take wise chances and give people opportunities, regardless of your personal past hurts
  • Don’t be duped by the package that leaders come in (what they look like)
  • Leaders are all around you, you just need to find them
  • Empowerment allows you to do things and go places you could never do or go on your own
  • Your leadership reach will be determined by your ability to empower others
  • Test it: take a long vacation and see what happens
  • Focus on building their character before you empower them
  • Empowerment happens through the context of relationship
  • Agree upon the outcomes and measure results along the way

“Empowerment is not about control or the lack of control but changing what you control. Outcomes not people.”

#3 Embrace Risk

  • Without taking risks it is impossible to please God
  • Western society is all about eliminating risk
  • Eliminating risk moves organizations towards preservation and protection
    • Learn to see risk as your friend to love not your enemy to be feared
    • Learn to see comfort and safety as your enemy
    • Learn to increase your pain threshold: your leadership capacity is directly connected to your pain threshold
  • Don’t let earthly practicalities overshadow heavenly possibilities
  • Don’t take your dreams with you to heaven when you die, heaven doesn’t need it. It was put in you for now.
  • Make a list of all the dreams and visions that you have not taken action on
  • Put a time-frame next to them
  • Write the name of the person who is going to hold you accountable

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The Difference between a Visionary and a Dreamer

Churches are notorious for talking about vision at the start of the New Year. In fact, many churches actually come up with a new “Vision Theme” every year that they role out to the church in January. There’s getting ready to be a lot of “vision talk” in churches across America in the next couple of weeks. The problem is there is a lot of confusion in the church about what vision and being a visionary actually is.

Often churches confuse being a good communicator with being a visionary. Just because you can get people to buy into you or your idea doesn’t make you’re a visionary. Other times vision comes packaged as a compelling idea. Just because you have an idea doesn’t mean you’re a visionary.

What I’ve discovered is that most churches are chasing a dream, not following a vision. Here’s the difference:


Dreamer: Dreams are fun, fantastical, and free. It doesn’t cost anything to dream dreams.
Visionary: Visionaries are willing to pay the price to see their vision become reality.


Dreamer: Dreamers are full of ideas, bouncing from one dream to the next.
Visionary: Visionaries have a determined laser focus on the vision.


Dreamer: “Someday” and “eventually” are common language for the dreamer.
Visionary: Visionaries build action plans with real deadlines that get them to the vision.


Dreamer: A combination of chasing ideas with a short attention span rarely leads to a great impact.
Visionary: Focused attention that moves you towards a specific vision coupled with a willingness to pay the price can lead to tremendous impact.

What are some other differences between dreamers and visionaries that you’ve observed? I’d love to hear your thoughts, leave a comment!

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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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