Monday, August 10, 2009

Leadership Summit - Day 2

Instead of quotes, I'm going to share my top 5 takeaways from the second day of the Leadership Summit, in order:

1. Failure is not always a bad thing.
Pastor and author Dave Gibbons spoke of needing a different set of metrics by which we measure our success. Here's a few of his quotes on the subject of failure:
Failure is success to God.
Your failure is your platform to humanity.
Your weakness and failures are often a gift from God.
Weakness guides us more than our success.

Authors Chip and Dan Heath, whose book Made to Stick is one of my favorites, talked about how to affect change. They said in times of change, failure is a necessity. They also said we need to work to the point of failure, just like lifting weights. You don't keep lifting the same amount of weight and expect to get stronger; You have to lift weights that are too heavy for you until they aren't too heavy anymore.

2. Focus on the fringe.
Gibbons defines this as being a 3rd Culture Leader. Focus on the misfits not the masses. It goes along with Gary Hamel's point of learning from the renegades and positive deviants. The people who don't think, look, act like us are probably the best source for new ideas.

3. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
That was a quote former presidential advisor David Gergen shared.

4. Look for the bright spots.
The Heath brothers talked about this one for quite some time. The idea is to look for what's working and build on it. Here's one quote that stuck with me:

The bright spots are proof that you can solve the problem.

5. It's not OK to let people starve.
Bono - yes, that Bono, spoke of the need for the church to act like the church and stop looking the other way while people die of starvation or lack of medicine. That one is still making my stomach queasy.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Leadership Summit - Day 1

Top five quotes I heard at the first day of Leadership Summit, in order:

1. "In the same way we ask God to help us surrender our cherished sins, we need to ask God to help us surrender our cherished orthodoxies."
- Gary Hamel

2. "The longer you're down in the trenches, the easier it is to mistake the edge of your rut for the horizon."
- Gary Hamel

3. "Nobody is coming to church looking for a mild dose of God."
- Bill Hybels

4. "Learn from the positive deviants."
- Gary Hamel

5. "Not being honest with people is not compassionate."
- Carly Fiorina

The Leadership Summit is always an awakening. This year, in light of where our world finds itself, has been an even greater eye-opener. Willow Creek pastor Bill Hybels and London Business School visiting professor Gary Hamel each spoke about how to lead in a new, different reality.

As we all strive to stay ahead of the curve, which is nearly impossible to do, the words of wisdom from these guys was a great boost.

More to come after today's sessions.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Miracle

31 years ago today a miracle happened. God brought this beautiful woman into the world and chose her just for me. Happy Birthday Katie!