Friday, August 06, 2010

Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit - Day 2

Today I again 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.

Jeff Manion - "People often say that time heals all wounds.  However, I don't find that to necessarily be true.  Over time, some people heal while others become deeply embittered and acidic."  This quote is from his sermon series "The Land Between."

Bill Hybels followed this talk by revealing he had experienced a health scare about a month ago.  He was reminded to re-evaluate life priorities and to live each day like it could be your last.  I should also mention that the music selected to accompany this session was a throwback to a previous era.  We sang hymns like "Holy, Holy, Holy", "Have Your Own Way Lord", and "I Have Decided To Follow Jesus" which really appealed to my heritage growing up in church.  It felt very comfortable to sing these songs I grew up with and reminded me that we need to continue singing them today.

Daniel Pink - 2 False Assumptions About Human Nature
1. Human beings are machines.
2. Human beings are blobs.

"Our Default Setting is active and engaged."

3 Great Motivators
1. Autonomy
2. Mastery
3. Purpose

"Annual Performance Reviews are not effective.  Performance Reviews must take place frequently on some level."

Blake Mycoskie - In my opinion this was the best session of the entire Leadership Summit.  Blake spoke with a passion and energy that captivated the audience like no other speaker did.  Here's a recap on the Q & A led by Darren Whitehead.  Pay close attention to the answer given to "TOMS has captured younger generations. What has grabbed their attention and created their loyalty?"CLICK HERE for the answer.

Jack Welch - "The problem with insecure leaders is that they hire total dopes."

"Celebrate the victories, especially the small ones."

"Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do.  Because then they will act."

"Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be."

T.D. Jakes - "Surround yourself with people who are good at things you are not."

"Each day is God's gift to you.  What you do with it is your gift to Him."

Overall it was a good conference and I look forward to going again next year.  However, before we get to next year I have some processing and unpacking to do as I revisit these talk over the next few weeks.  With so much information presented in such a short amount of time I'll need to let the words of the speakers sit with me awhile. 

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