Thursday, August 05, 2010

Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit - Day 1

Today I had the privilege of attending Willow Creek's Global Leadership Summit simulcast at Pathways Church in Appleton, WI.  The following are highlights from today's sessions.

Bill Hybels - "Obeying the Spirit instead of your own self-centered whims will lead you to places you've never been, challenge you in ways you've never been challenged, and invite you to levels of sacrifice you never dreamed you could make."

"I've come to believe that hearing the quiet whisper of the transcendent God is one of the most extraordinary privileges in all of life."

Jim Collins - "Bad decisions, even with good intentions, are still bad decisions."

"The difference between good leaders and great leaders is humility.  Great leaders understand the importance of humility."

Christine Caine - She gave a motivating talk which included bits of her own personal testimony. To learn more about Christine and her multiple ministry endeavors please CLICK HERE.

Tony Dungy - "My only job as a coach was to make my players better."  He went on to mention that in making his players better he worked not only to make them better athletes, but also better men.

"Stubbornness is a virtue...if you're right."  In his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he started 1-8.  However, he knew his methods would work which eventually led him to a Super Bowl victory in 2007.

"In my life and career I have seen all kinds of leaders, but the ones who have had the greatest impact on my life are the ones who have not only been leaders, but also mentors."

"You don't win on emotion.  You win on execution."

"How you do your job has always been more important than what you do."

Adam Hamilton - Adam spoke about moral failures which plagued his church in 2009.  Below are 5 things he has implemented in his church to help members and staff resist temptation.
1. Remember who you are.
2. Recognize the consequences of your actions.
3. Rededicate yourself to God.
4. Reveal your struggle to a trusted friend.
5. Remove yourself from the situation.

Zhao Xiao - Be sure to click on his bio as he is making a difference for Christ in China through his position as professor, leader, and economist.

Andy Stanley - "Every organization has problems that shouldn't be solved and tensions that shouldn't be resolved."  His example for this was churches who debate who they are trying to reach.  His answer: EVERYONE.

"The role of leadership is to leverage the tension to the benefit of the organization."

"As a leader, one of the most valuable things you can do for your organization is differentiate between tensions your organization will always need to manage vs. problems that need to be solved."

Overall it was a good day.  I look forward to tomorrow when I'll get to hear the likes of Jack Welch, Blake Mycoskie (Toms Shoes), & T.D. Jakes.

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