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Craig Groeschel at the Global Leadership Summit

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Craig Groeschel is the Senior Pastor at LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma City.  He is an incredible leader and visionary that I have followed for many years and always look forward to hearing him speak.  Here are my notes from his session at this year's Global Leadership Summit:

Bridging the Generation Gap Older Generation- don't resent, fear, judge the next generation, believe in them God values maturity... if you're not dead, you're not done Invest your maturity in those who come behind you You do not just delegate tasks to the next generation, because that creates followers Delegate authority because that creates leaders Embrace the season that you are in, be yourself Know that for the younger generation authenticity trumps cool Psalm 71:18 For those in the Younger Generation- you need those in the older generation more than you know 1 word that describes 20 somethings in workplace- Entitled Because you feel entitled you overestimate what you can do in the short run, but underestimate what you can do in a lifetime of faithfulness Mark 6:4-6 Somehow because of the lack of honor and faith it limited what Jesus could do Honor values others, dishonor devalues them. Respect is earned, but honor is given. For the generations to work together, it must be intentional.  It does not happen by accident. How? 1)    create ongoing feedback loops (ex. reviews message with younger and older) 2)    create specific mentoring moments- don't try to copy what they do, learn how they think 3)    create opportunities for significant leadership development

Here are links to my Notes from the other speakers at the 2012 Summit:

 

Bill Hybels

 

Jim Collins

 

Condoleeza Rice

 

 

Condoleeza Rice at the Global Leadership Summit

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Condoleezza Rice is best known as the former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.  Honestly, when I heard that Rice would be speaking at the Summit I was not looking forward to her message/interview.  I assumed it would be overly political, but I couldn't be more wrong.  I learned so much about her leadership and faith.  There were also many takeaways that I think you will find as well in my notes from this session: No one wants to live in tyranny Freedom is not the same thing as Democracy Freedom does not just come with rights, but also responsibilities The strong cannot exploit the weak Democracy is only as strong as its weakest link Every life is worthy If every life is worth then every life is capable of greatness.  It is then our responsibility to give each person the opportunity for greatness. As children of God how can it be that anyone is more worthy than anyone else? Is it really true that it doesn't matter where you came from, it matters where you're going? How do you lead from the troubling times in which we live and in times that are more prosperous? The opportunity to lead carries many responsibilities. Recognize that leadership is also helping people to see their own leadership opportunities and potential. The most important characteristic of a leader is optimism. No one will follow a pessimist. How do you remain optimistic in difficult times? Keep perspective about how hard your circumstances really are. Romans 5- Hope does not disappoint It is a privilege to struggle and out of struggle can come victory. Somehow things that seemed impossible become inevitable.

These things were not inevitable, but the work of those who sacrificed everything for a principle. "They were people who never accepted the world as it is and always worked towards what the world should be."

 

 

Here are links to my Notes from the other speakers at the 2012 Summit:

 

Bill Hybels

 

Jim Collins

 

Craig Groeschel

Jim Collins at the Global Leadership Summit

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Jim Collins' message at this year's Global Leadership Summit was probably the one that I will chew on for the longest time.  There is so much in this to reflect on and begin applying immediately in becoming a great leader.  Collins is probably best known for his book Good to Great and has recently released the book Great By Choice.  Here are my notes from his session at the Summit:

Studied the differences in leadership behaviors from small to great company leaders Humility combined with will is the X factor to great leaders 3 distinctive leadership behaviors: 1)    Fanatic Discipline 2)    Empirical Creativity 3)    Productive Paranoia Fanatic Discipline Standard performance to hit What is your 20 mile march?  To turn good intentions into great results. 20 mile march can be personal.  Commitment to quiet time, reading, etc. 20 mile march can apply to relationships. 20 mile march is about consistency. Ask the question: what do we need to do today? The signature of mediocrity is not an unwillingness to change, but is chronic inconsistency. Discipline alone is not enough. Empirical Creativity Fire bullets then fire cannonballs Comparison leaders don't fire enough bullets Blend creativity and discipline. Creativity is natural, discipline is not. The challenge is not to become creative, but to get rid of the stuff that gets in the way of our creativity.

Productive Paranoia Great companies ran 3 to 10 times the cash reserves of comparable companies It is what you do before you are in trouble so that you can be strong when people most need you. SPaC- Specific, Methodical, and Consistent The greatest danger is not failure, it is being successful without knowing why you are successful in the first place. Preserve the Core and Stimulate Progress

What is my responsibility to get the most out of this unexpected event? How do you make the most of it rather than squander it? How to get the most out of every moment and every event.

Greatness is a matter of conscious choice and discipline.

What is a great organization? 1)    Superior performance relative to your mission 2)    Makes a distinctive impact (what would be lost if we disappeared?... if your church went away, who would miss you?) 3)    Achieves lasting endurance beyond any one leader (an organization is not truly great if it cannot be great if it cannot be great without you)

 

 

Here are links to my Notes from the other speakers at the 2012 Summit:

 

Bill Hybels

 

Condoleeza Rice

 

Craig Groeschel

 

Bill Hybels at the Global Leadership Summit

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The highlight for me every year at Willow Creek Association's Global Leadership Summit is always Bill Hybel's opening message.  His transparent leadership and passion for the Church is truly inspiring and has shaped so much of the leader that I am striving to become.

This year was no different as he talked about innovating in the future as well as transparency about the future succession plan at Willow Creek Community Church.  Here are some of the notes I took from Hybels opening message at the Summit:

 

Everyone wins when a leader gets better If you want to see more trees, plant more seeds We need to sow a lot more seed! News seeds being planted at Willow:   "Getting started at Willow"- 1st timers class      Micro communities within worship services based on sections Stop sowing the same kind of seed Always stay experimental! Become an incessant tinkerer Trees are worth it! Transformed lives and eternities are worth it You are the most difficult person that you will ever lead Your most valuable asset is your energy and your ability to energize those around you You cant Sprint for 6 months, but you can for 6 weeks    - Create a list of the 6 most important things you want to focus on over the next 6 weeks Put energy bursts each day about overcoming these challenges What new initiatives will you move ahead in the next 6 weeks? God didn't make you a leader to respond to stuff all day, but to move stuff ahead!

Succession Planning Planning Phase- whose job is it to chose the successor?  what is the time frame? how will the pastor be honored? will that pastor still have a role? Internal Phase- find an internal successor External Phase- if an internal candidate does not work then look for an external Succession- 18 months succession transition Board members need to understand how emotionally connected Senior Pastors are to their church Set up our churches so that they are stronger after we leave them than they ever were when we were leading them. Leaving Willow debt free with cash reserves so that the next leader can soar with no limitations. Soaking in every moment that he gets to lead- What a privilege it is to be a leader Have you thanked God recently for the privilege to lead?

 

 

Here are links to my Notes from the other speakers at the 2012 Summit:

 

Jim Collins

 

Condoleeza Rice

 

Craig Groeschel