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Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit 2017

If you missed the 2017 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!

Bill Hybels

Willow Creek Community Church Founder and Senior Pastor Bill Hybels opened the Summit addressing The Challenge of Leading an Organization in an Era of Divisiveness and Disrespect.

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the company’s business operations. Prior to Facebook, she was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department. Sandberg is the best-selling author of Lean In. Her 2017 release, Option B, is an inspiring and practical book about finding resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.

Marcus Lemonis

With many ventures on his resume, including the hit TV show, The Profit, Marcus Lemonis has invested$40 million of his own money into helping small businesses. Additionally, he is the CEO of America’s #1 source for RV’s and the largest organization of R owners in the world. Lemonis lends his expertise to other entrepreneurs using his evaluation system of three keys for business health and success; people, process and product.

Fredrik Haren

Fredrik Haren is a business creativity expert who has authored nine books, including The idea Book – credited as on of “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.” He is a global speaker who has been invited to speak to leaders in more than 60 countries on six continents on the importance of creativity in solving problems. Recognizing how challenging this is, Haren provides practical steps to help individuals and organizations become more creative.

Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson, a highly acclaimed activist and lawyer, has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned through his leadership of the Equal Justice Initiative. he has successfully argued several cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, and his TED Talk has more than three million views. The best-selling author of Just Mercy, Stevenson was named to Fortune’s “2016 World’s Greatest Leaders” list.

Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley founded North Point Ministries (NPM) more than 20 years ago. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of 30 churches around the globe, collectively serving nearly 70,000 people weekly. Recently, Outreach Magazine identified Stanley as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Pastors in America.” The author of more than 20 books, he is passionate about serving both church and organizational leaders.

Laszlo Bock

Laszlo Bock served as Google’s Senior Vice President of People Operations, growing the company from 6,000 to more than 75,000 employees. Google has been recognized more than 150 times as an exceptional employer, including the #1 “Best Company to Work for in the United States” every year since 2012. Bock’s New York Times best-selling book, WORK RULES!, has been published in more than 20 languages and has garnered numerous honors.

Juliet Funt

Juliet Funt, a globally-recognized consultant and speaker, founded WhiteSpace at Work with the mission to unearth the potential of companies by unburdening their talent from busywork. She and her company help high-achieving teams execute better within the “Age of Overload” through light and enjoyable micro-learning digital courses. Teams that incorporate WhiteSpace mindsets and skill-sets increase productivity and engagement, reclaim lost capacity and execute at their finest.

Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham, world’s leading authority on strengths, performance and engagement, founded The Marcus Buckingham Company following 30 years at Gallup. He is the best-selling author of multiple books, including Now, Discover Your Strengths.  A Summit favorite, Buckingham will challenge everyone to rethink the vital leadership function of performance management – based on his latest multi-year research, recently featured in Harvard Business Review.

Sam Adeyemi

Under Sam Adeyemi’s leadership, Daystar Christian Centre grew from a handful of people to more than 25,000 people weekly – with highly recognized community impact projects. The author of numerous best-selling books, his television programs reach viewers on all continents. Adeyemi founded Daystar Leadership Academy, which is dedicated to releasing a new generation of leaders who will serve as catalysts in the transformation of Africa and the world.

Immaculee Ilibagiza

Immaculee Ilibagiza is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that took the lives of nearly one million Tutsi, including her entire family except for one brother. She survived by huddling silently with seven other women in a 3-by-4 foot bathroom for 91 days. Despite unimaginable suffering, she committed herself to a life of peace, hope and forgiveness. Ilibagiza works with the United Nations and is the best-selling author of Left to Tell.

Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth is a professor of psychology at University of Pennsylvania and founder of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the practice of character development. An advisor to the White House, the World Bank and Fortune 500 CEO’s, Duckworth studies grit and self-control, two attributes critical to success and well-being. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, debuted in 2016 as a New York Times bestseller.

Gary Haugen

Gary Haugen leads International Justice Mission (IJM), a world-wide agency rescuing victims of violence, exploitation, slavery and oppression. Recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership – Haugen is the author of three books and has been featured in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times and Forbes.


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Leadership Summit 2017: Juliet Funt

Juliet Funt, a globally-recognized consultant and speaker, founded WhiteSpace at Work with the mission to unearth the potential of companies by unburdening their talent from busywork. She and her company help high-achieving teams execute better within the “Age of Overload” through light and enjoyable micro-learning digital courses. Teams that incorporate WhiteSpace mindsets and skill-sets increase productivity and engagement, reclaim lost capacity and execute at their finest.

  • In the flow of our days we are all getting less comfortable with “the pause”
  • This loss of time without assignment…the pause is where our best thinking and get our best ideas…it’s where we do our best work
  • This pause is the most endangered species
  • 100% exertion and 0% thoughtfulness
  • When talented people don’t have time to think business suffers
  • #1 we are too busy to become less busy
  • #2 we don’t count the cost
  • There is a HUGE cost of worshiping the false god of business
  • Does work have to be this way forever?
  • Whitespace is the secret ingredient to improve productivity
  • Whitespace is a strategic pause taken between activities
  • Great leaders naturally use whitespace
  • You can’t rush the cooking of a great idea
  • Strategic pause

3 Things that are not Whitespace

  • #1 it is not meditation
  • #2 it is not mind wandering
  • #3 it is not mindfulness
  • It is giving yourself permission to think the unthunk spot
  • Decrapify your workflow

Become conscious of the thieves (four thieves)

  • Busyness always feels like its our fault
  • Busyness is not a personal problem it’s a society problem

1. Drive

2. Excellence

3. Information 

4. Activity 

  • These are also linked to our personality
  • They all have values and faults
  • Your time in the presence of the thieves is a space that will be filled
  • Defeat them with the questions
    • Is there anything I can let go of?
    • Where is “good enough” good enough?
    • What do I truly need to know?
    • What deserves my attention?
  • whitespacegls.com (tool)
  • When’s the best time to plant a tree? 20 years ago…when’s the 2nd best time? today

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Leadercast 2014 Recap

If you missed the 2014 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. Becoming a Beyond You Leader

Andy Stanley, author and Lead Pastor at North Point Community Church walked through 3 ways to become a leader that makes an impact and leaves a legacy that goes beyond you.

2. The Wake of a Leader

Best selling author and leadership psychologist, Dr. Henry Cloud, talked about the wake that leaders leave behind them as they travel towards the future.

3. 4 Characteristics of a Good Leader

ArchBishop Desmond Tutu challenged leaders to imagine a world where leaders didn’t make decisions based only on strategy or economics, but what was best for everyone involved.

4. Nothing Prepares Your for Leadership as much as Experience

First Lady Laura Busch was interviewed about her experience in the White House and having a first hand seat to watching world changing decisions happen every single day.

5. Legitimate Leadership

Best selling author and speaker Malcolm Gladwell discussed 3 characteristics that legitimize any given leader as someone worth following.

6. The Dream of a Leader

Bill McDermott, Co-CEO and Executive Board Member of SAP challenged leaders to find, keep, and chase their dream.

7. Leadership is a Practice not an Event

Leadercast concluded with leadership expert and best selling author Simon Sinek who challenged leaders to lead with courage.


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Leadercast 2014: Simon Sinek

Leadercast concluded with Leadership Expert and best selling author Simon Sinek. Interested in learning more about Simon’s past work? Check out this post: “Why Telling People What to do Makes them Stupid”

“In the military we give medals to people who sacrifice themselves for the sake of other. In the business world we give bonuses to people who sacrifice others so we may gain.”

  • Leaders always set the tone for the organization
  • We can’t solve complex problems by ourselves but in groups we’re remarkable
  • The only thing we have control of is the environment inside the organization
  • At the sound of violence it’s a mother’s instinct to throw themselves on the top of their child
  • When danger threatens, it’s the leaders instinct to save their teams.
  • We call someone a leader because they go first

“The one characteristic any successful leader needs to have is courage”

  • Great leaders want their followers to grow beyond where they are themselves
  • Marine Corp tradition: The most junior person eats first. The most senior officers eat last
  • But in business, we tell entrepreneurs, “Pay yourself first”
  • Leadership is a responsibility not a rank
  • When you put the well-being of others before yourself, they in turn look after you
  • You can’t measure good leadership on a daily basis.
  • Leadership is a practice, not an event.
  • We all want to feel safe around the people we work with. Are you creating that safety for your team?

 


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Leadercast 2014: Andy Stanley

If you missed Leadercast this past week then you missed out on some great leadership content! But no worries you and your team can catch up quickly. I’m going to post my notes and thoughts from each of the sessions over the next couple of days! First up was Andy Stanley…enjoy!

“Beyond you leaders are leaders who fearlessly and selflessly empower leaders around them and as well as those coming along behind them”

Fearlessly: This means you’re not afraid of the 25-year-old leader in your organization that knows more than you. They’re smarter, they’re cooler, they’re hipper, they have newer ideas. The beyond you leader pours into this young leader even though they may take their place in the organization someday.

Empower: This means every single leader has power. If you set somebody’s schedule or salary then you have power. Empowering others means leveraging your influence and power for the sake of the people around you.

  • The value of a life is always measured by how much of it was given away
  • At the end of a life we always celebrate generosity and selflessness
  • The value of your leadership will always be measured by not by accumulation but by how much of it was given away
  • While we may celebrate generosity we envy accumulation
  • If we are not careful and intentional about our leadership being beyond you and not about you, you’ll look back one day and think about what could have been

3 Ways to become a beyond you leader

1. Make as few decisions as possible: One of the most empowering things you can do for those around you is to allow others to make decisions that you could make. If you have the power to make a decision and you give someone else the opportunity to make the decision, you’ve just empowered someone else to lead. Practice saying “you decide”

    • One of the best ways to build consensus and ownership in your organization is to give the power to make decisions away.
    • As your organizational authority increases, your organizational I.Q. decreases – as you have more and more things under your authority and you will know less and less about more and more things.
    • If you don’t allow others to make decisions you are going to be compelled to make decisions about things you know nothing about.
    • The best way to find out who the best decisions makers are in your organization is to allow other to make decisions
    • Just because you have the authority doesn’t mean you need to exercise your authority

2. Work for your team: Ask this question to your team…what can I do to help? Leverage your talent and authority to help you teams dreams come true.

3. Empty your cup: You don’t have everything you need to fill your teams cup. Our responsibility isn’t to fill their cup but it’s our responsibility to empty our cup. Not because that’s all there is to know but it’s all you know.

  • Don’t wait until you’re the boss to do this. Start where you are at. Because if you don’t you’ll think you got there by hoarding instead of by helping.
  • If your leadership isn’t all about you it will live beyond you, but if your leadership is all about you it won’t live beyond you except for serving as someone’s bad example.

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