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Leadership Summit 2016: John Maxwell

Leadership expert, bestselling author and coach, John Maxwell, dropped a ton of wisdom everyone at Leadership Summit this year and he was as quotable as ever. Here are my notes and take-aways.

  • Leaders add value to people
  • All communicators connect on common ground with their audience
  • Have you ever been suspicions of a leader?
  • Have you ever had a leader hurt you?
  • When you’re a leader you have the opportunity to bless people or curse them, help the rise or fall.
  • Before you can lead a person you have to find them
  • Every day intentionally add value to people
  • There is a thin line in leadership in motivating people and manipulating people
  • 3 Questions that Followers ask Leaders (will you add value to my life?)
    1. Do you like me? (compassion)
    2. Can you help me? (competence)
    3. Can I trust you? (character)
  • Everything worth while is uphill
  • People have uphill hopes and downhill habits
  • No one ever talks about accidental achievement
  • Significance and selfishness are incompatible
  • Most people don’t lead their lives, they accept their lives
  • 5 Things to Daily Add Value to People
    1. Every day value people because Jesus values people
    2. Every day I think of ways to add value to people (intentional living is up front thinking – who am I going to see today and how can I value to them?)
    3. Every day I look for ways to add value to people
    4. Every day I add value to others (did I add value to others today?)
    5. Every day encourage others to add value to people
  • Are we going to spend our lives connecting with people or correcting them?

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Chick-fil-A Leadercast 2013

If you missed the 2013 Chick-fil-A Leadercast, 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!

1. Leadership Made Simple

Andy Stanley, Author and Lead Pastor at North Point Community Church walked through the fact that growth creates complexity which requires simplicity and taught 3 key questions that need to be answered to simplify leadership.

2. The Power of Focus

David Allen was named Forbes’ Top 5 Executive Coach and author of “Getting Things Done.” Crisis evokes focus on a very specific outcome which charts your course of action.

3. Necessary Endings

Dr. Henry Cloud, best selling author and leadership consultant tackles the psychology behind the work we do and what keeps us from simplifying things in the workplace.

4. The Difference between Simple and Simplistic

John Maxwell, best selling author and leadership expert walks through the differences between being simple and simplistic.

5. Getting High Performing Leaders to Work Together

Duke University and Olympic Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski talked about getting high performers to work together on a team to get great results.

6. An Interview with Leadership Giant Jack Welch

Any time you get to learn first hand from a leader like Jack Welch it’s gold…and this interview was no exception. Here are some of my notes from  Fortune Magazine’s Manager of the Century, Jack Welch.

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Chick-fil-A Leadercast: John Maxwell

As always John Maxwell put out some great content this year to chew on. Here are some of my take-aways:

  • “The business schools reward complex behavior, but it’s the simple behavior that makes you effective in life” Warren Buffet
  • There is a difference between a communicator and an educator. A communicator takes something complicated and makes it simple. An educator takes something simple and makes it complex.
  • It isn’t easy to be simple, but it is effective.
  • It is easy to be simplistic, but it isn’t easy to be simple.
  • Simplistic = shallow and fast: “Experience is the best teacher”
  • Complex = deep & slow: “Experience isn’t the best teacher because how many people do you know who are getting older but aren’t getting better?”
  • Simple = deep & fast:
  • Add: value to people. If you really want to be a leader then add value to people every day.
  • Subtract: your leadership landmines.
  • Multiply: your strengths by developing them
    • Confidence doesn’t replace skill
  • Divide: your weaknesses by delegating them
  • A leader is like a quarterback. They don’t get paid to run the ball but to get the ball to the right players.

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chick-fil-a leadercast

If you missed the 2012 Chic-fil-A Leadercast, 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!

1. “3 Questions to Choose By”

Andy Stanley, Author & Lead Pastor of North Point Community Church

2. “An Interview with Urban Meyer & Tim Tebow”

Urban Meyer, Head Football Coach of Ohio State University, former Head Football Coach of the University of Florida, 2 Time BCS National Champion    Tim Tebow, Heisman Trophy Winner, 2 Time BCS National Champion, Author, NFL Quarterback

3. “An Interview with Angela Ahrendts”

Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry

4. “Stand Out”

Marcus Buckingham, best selling Author & Speaker

5. “The Personal Growth of a Leader”

John Maxwell, best selling Author & Speaker

6. “Leadership Thoughts”

Soledad O’Brien, CNN Anchor & Author

7. “Changing Culture”

Dr. Roland Fryer, Professor of Economics at Harvard University and founder and CEO of The Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard

8. “The Psychology of Choice”

Dr. Sheena Iyengar, Author and Professor of Business in the Management Division of the Columbia Business School

9. “Organizational Health”

Patrick Lencioni, best selling Author, Speaker, and President of The Table Group

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chic-fil-a leadercast john maxwell

Below are my notes and take aways from John Maxwell’s presentation at this year’s Chic-fil-A Leadercast.

  • What is your personal growth plan?
  • Transformation never happens in the organization without transformation first happening within the heart of the leader.
  • Make a few decisions and manage them daily

The Law of Intentionality: Growth doesn’t just happen

  • Personal growth doesn’t happen on accident, it’s not an automatic process
  • “You make the choice and then the choice you make makes you.” John Wooden
  • The choices you make now determine who you are going to be the rest of your life
  • People always want to change their circumstances, but they never want to change their lives…everything gets better when we get better
  • The secret of growing intentionally is doing it every day
  • The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda
  • You’re either repairing or preparing
  • Your personal growth plan has to be simple, applicable, tangible, something I can do every day

The Law of Awareness: We must know ourselves to grow ourselves

  • I have to know me, to grow me
  • Requirement: what’s required of me, what do I have to do?
  • Return: what gives me the greatest return? What do I do well? Put your personal growth development towards your strengths, not your weaknesses.
  • Reward: what gives me the greatest rewards? When I do it, it is satisfying and brings me life.

The Law of Environment: growth thrives in conducive surroundings.

  • We grow when we get around the right people, the right place, the right environment for our growth.

Maxwell’s Growth Environment:

  1. A place where others are ahead of me
  2. A place where I am continually challenged
  3. A place where my focus is forward
  4. A place where the atmosphere is affirming
  5. A place where I am often out of my comfort zone and I’m in over my head (if you’re out of your comfort zone you’ll swim, if you’re out of your comfort zone and out of
  6. A place where I wake up and I’m excited
  7. A place where failure is not my enemy
  8. A place where everyone is growing
  9. A place where others are willing to change
  10. A place where growth is modeled and expected

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