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Leadership Summit 2016: Alan Mulally

Alan Mulally served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Ford Motor Company from 2006 – 2014 shared his principles and practices for teams that work well together. He did a fantastic job of sharing his real-world leadership journey of transitioning from Boeing to Ford.

Principles and Practices of Working Together

  • People first
  • Everyone is included
  • Compelling vision, comprehensive strategy, and relentless implementation
  • Clear performance goals
  • One plan
  • Facts and data
  • Everyone know the plan, the status, and areas that need special attention
  • Propose a plan, positive, “find-a-way” attitude
  • Respect, listen, help, and appreciate each other
  • Emotional resilience – trust the process
  • Have fun – enjoy the journey and each other, but humor can never be at someone else’s expense
  • Walking into new problems at Ford upon leaving Boeing
    • Regionalization had created low synergy levels in the organization
    • Consumer tastes were changing and we were behind
    • We were fast followers
    • The economy was slowing down and fuel prices were going up
    • They were losing money on every brand and every vehicle
    • Was picked up in a Land Rover not a Ford to be taken to the head quarters from the airport
    • None of the Ford Executives drove a Ford
  • Look at the data and it will tell you who’s hot and who’s not
  • Don’t look at the success you’ve had but the ground you still have to take to make the gap between vision and reality smaller
  • Deal with reality, build a plan to deal with it, and trust and help each other to improve it

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Leadership Summit 2016: Bill Hybels

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.

If you’re unfamiliar with Leadership Summit, more than 300,000 leaders participated in this world-class experience designed to help people to grow in their leadership capacity and effectiveness. Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event telecast LIVE in HD from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August to hundreds of locations in North America. Throughout the fall, Summit events take place at an additional 675+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages.

Willow Creek Community Church Founder and Senior Pastor Bill Hybels opened the Summit addressing The 4 Lenses of Leadership.  The following are leadership quotes and lessons from this incredible session.

  • Everybody wins when a leader gets better
  • Armed with enough humility leaders can learn from anyone

The 4 lenses of leadership

#1 Passion Lens

  • What fills your passion bucket?
  • It’s the leaders job to fill their own passion bucket
  • Your team wants their soul to be stirred by passion of their leader
  • How full is your passion bucket?
  • Passion comes from the heights of a beautiful dream or the depths of something that has gone terribly wrong in the world
  • What matters most to people (more than generous compensation packages & healthy team cultures) is to work with and around a passion filled leader
  • A motivated worker will outperform an unmotivated worker by 40%
  • Passion is like protein for the team, it energizes them along the way
  • It’s not just presiding over something or pontificating
  • Leadership is simply taking people on a journey from “here” to “there”

#2 People Lens

  • Most people grew up in a fear based, performance oriented work culture
  • Most people have never experienced a high trust, high functioning team culture
  • It doesn’t matter where you start, you can build a healthy culture
  • An organization will only ever be as healthy as the top leader wants it to be
  • You can change the culture of your team if you want to
  • God treasures one thing in this vast cosmos above everything else…people
  • Transnational Noise: water-cooler conversation and chatter takes a toll on the moral of the entire organization
  • Talent Observation: our problem is we’re increasingly distant from people in the organization and have no exposure to them.

#3 Performance Lens

  • Leaders have to get stuff done and have to set the pace
  • Speed of the leader – speed of the team
  • Goal setting and performance measurements
  • Goalaholism will hurt the spirit of your team
  • To move forward it will take constant readjusting of your leadership goals
  • Thriving = taking ground
  • Health = holding ground
  • Under-performing = losing ground
  • Everyone wants to know how they’re doing
  • It is cruel and unusual punishment to employ someone and for them to not know how they’re doing
  • Do you drive your organization so hard that it has to misbehave or so loosely that it’s floundering?

#4 Legacy Lens

  • The legacy lens of ministry: what people remember about you once you’re gone
  • Are you proud of what you’re going to be remembered for?
  • Leadership is not fundamentally about time it’s about energy, what are you investing your energy in?
  • There aren’t do-overs but there are make-overs
  • Leadership can become a drug that other parts of your life have a hard time competing with
  • Legacy can be made different in a moment (positive or negative)
  • Leadership matters and it matters disproportionately

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