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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: Henry Cloud

I love the way Dr. Henry Cloud tackles the psychology behind the work we do. Want to learn more? Check out my post on his book Necessary Endings and the notes below:

  • The real work is not to get the right strategy but getting the people to work the strategy
  • Boundary #1: Necessary endings – when the leader realizes that the worst thing they can have is hope. Great leaders master the art of pruning:
    • A rosebush produces more buds than it can sustain so only the best ones are kept. There are 3 kinds of pruning that need to take place:
    • Good Stuff: What’s good but not best? Activity doesn’t equal movement or progress. Sometimes more activity is just more activity and it just leads to more complexity and simplicity is what is needed. The life and future of a company is in about 20% of the company. Feed the future.
    • Sick Stuff: What’s sick and not going to get well? Stuff that’s season has passed. Sometimes leaders get so invested in something (ego, time and energy, etc.) and the season passes and it’s time to pull the plug on it. Pruning takes courage.
    • Dead Stuff: What’s dead and taking up space? People hold on too long (even when it’s not best for the future) because they feel like they need to be the source to everything or they have emotional attachment to the past. You can’t grasp the future while holding onto the past.
  • Boundary #2: Focused Attention – great leaders lead people in ways that the people’s brains can actually follow them…they create focused attention so people’s brains can work.
    • Attend to what is relevant so you know what to do:
    • Inhibit everything else:
    • Create a working memory (keep it in front of them all the time):
  • If everything is important nothing is
  • Do you have enough desire for your goals to exercise the discipline it takes reach them?

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necessary endings

New is exciting! Whether it’s a new relationship, a new job, a new purchase, or even a new project at work. And when new things begin they usually start off with all kinds of passion, energy, excitement, and great anticipation for what’s about to happen. The same is rarely said for endings in life. Yet endings are just as normal and a natural a part of life as beginnings. Unfortunately little is written about handling the endings in our lives well.

That is why I’m excited about a recent book I read by Dr. Henry Cloud entitled “Necessary Endings.” In it he does a masterful job of leading us through how to handle endings in our lives well. In fact he goes so far as to assert that in order for us to move forward in life there are, “employees, businesses, and relationships that all of us have to give up in order to move forward.” It’s definitely worth the read and will challenge you to grow and think differently about your work, your relationships, and what it means to move forward in life.

Here are some of my favorite quotes and thoughts from the book that had an impact on me:

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