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Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit 2015

If you missed the 2015 Willow Creek 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. But no worries! Now you’ve got all the notes to every session right here at your fingertips for free! Hope you enjoy!

Session #1 Bill Hybels

Bill Hybels is the founder and Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. He also the founded The Global Leadership Summit, now in over 200 U.S. sites and over 260 cities worldwide including 85 countries opened the Summit by talking about the 5 intangibles of leadership.

Session #2 Jim Collins

Jim Collins, a Summit favorite and successful leadership author delivered 7 Questions he learned to ask from West Point.

Session #3 Ed Catmull

Ed Catmull, Co-Founder of Pixar Animation Studios and President of Walt Disney Animation Studios, delivered a fantastic talk on creativity and leadership!

Session #4 Brene Brown

Dr. Brene Brown, research professor at the University of Houston and best selling author delivered a fantastic talk on the power of rising strong! Her 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with more than 18 million views!

Session #5 Adam Grant

Adam Grant is a professor at the Wharton School of Business and best-selling author. He is one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40. He discussed the principles from his new book Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives our Success.

Session #6 Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck, the Chair of Ellevate Network and former President of Bank of America’s Global Wealth & Investment Management delivered a great talk on ethics and diversity in leadership!

Session #7 Albert Tate

Albert Tate, founder and Senior Pastor at Fellowship Monrovia in Southern California gave a great challenge on how to lead with leftovers.

Session #8 Horst Schulze

Horst Schulze, the Chairman and CEO of the Capella Hotel Group and Founding President and former COO of the Ritz Carlton began day-2 at the Summit and did an incredible job of challenging leaders to inspire customer loyalty by raising the bar on customer service. I was particularly intrigued by the connection he made between customer service and the life of Jesus.

Session #9 Sheila Heen

Shelia Heen is the founder of the Triad Consulting Group and faculty at Harvard Law School.

Session #10 Brian Houston

Brian Houston is the Sr. Pastor of Australia based Hillsong Church, a global family of congregations comprising more than 100,000 weekly attendees. During this session Bill Hybels sat down with Brian for an interview…here are some of my take aways.

Session #11 Sam Adeyemi

Sam Adeyemi the founder and Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Center in Nigeria gave a fantastic talk on “Crushing the Power Gap.”

Session #12 Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman, the President of the Wiseman Group and best-selling author gave a talk based on her new book: Rookie Smarts – Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work.

Session #13 Craig Groeschel

Craig Groeschel is the founder and Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.tv, known for using innovative technology to spread the Gospel to multiple locations around the U.S. and globally via Church Online. Craig closed out summit with an incredible talk about expanding your leadership capacity.

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Leadership Summit 2015: Ed Catmull

If you missed the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit this year, no worries I’ve got you covered. I’ll be posting my notes and thoughts from each presenter over the next couple of days.

Ed Catmull, Co-Founder of Pixar Animation Studios and President of Walt Disney Animation Studios, delivered a fantastic talk on creativity and leadership!

  • One of the great misunderstandings of our time is that art and science are in-congruent.
  • Art is not about drawing but learning to see.
  • It all comes down to the power of a story.
  • Great animation connected to a bad story makes for a bad film.
  • Stories are the way we communicate with each other at every level.
  • The good stories are the ones that connect with deep emotions.
  • Every great film starts as an ugly baby…if every idea was great we’d be done…
  • How do we help people improve ideas?
  • If there is laughter in the room they’ll solve the problem no matter how ugly it is right now.

The Brain trust

  1. Peers talking to peers
  2. In that room there is no power structure
  3. They have a vested interest in each others success (the vested interest is in the film being right)
  4. Give and listen to good notes (evaluation)
  • Every once in a while we violate our own rules/culture but every once in a while magic happens. Egos fade away and fantastic work takes place.
  • When you are working on something and you’re in the middle of it, you can’t help but lose objectivity.
  • Creativity is about solving problems. Coming up with solutions is a creative act.
  • The group and their culture determines if they are going to solve the problem.
  • Embrace candor with kindness.
  • There is a real aura of danger around failure in our culture…that fear of failure has become a lid to creativity.
  • What are the barriers to telling each other the truth? (Candor with kindness)…fear.
  • If you can get past the embarrassment of failure it can free you up to be more creative.
  • All good artists know you have to operate within constraints otherwise it’s unbounded.
  • Budgets and schedules allow you to focus creative energy on the right things.
  • If you spend too much time on it, it can lose it’s impact…don’t get lost in the detail.
  • Stating and agreeing to values is easy to do, the hard part is to ask yourself why you’re not living up to them.
  • Trust is something everybody agrees to but hard to do…it takes time, you’ve got to earn it.

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