Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit Follow-up

I attended the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit for the first time last week, and it was phenomenal. Probably the best leadership event I’ve ever attended. I left there with a plethora of notes and thoughts circulating in my mind, wondering what to do next. One thing is for sure, I will be implementing many of these things in my life because I believe that God spoke to me during that event. I’ve allowed fear to hold me back from too many things in life. It’s time to start being bolder, challenging myself to rise to the next level.

Here are some key quotes and takeaways from the event:

Bill Hybels:

  • If you don’t deal with challenging people, you will bring down your best people.
  • Are you naming & dealing with the challenges currently facing your organization?
  • When is the last time you re-examined the core of what your organization is all about?
  • Have you had your leadership bell rung recently?
  • There is too much at stake for leaders to walk around with a defeatist mindset.

Len Schlesinger:

  • Most of what people conventionally think about entrepreneurship is wrong.
  • The future is not a linear extrapolation of the past.
  • Entrepreneurs can’t predict the future – they create it.
  • What would you like to do? What do you care about? Act! Bring some other people along.
  • In order to act you must think in steps. Think about what to do next.

Seth Godin:

  • Stop waiting to be picked; pick yourself.
  • If failure is not an option, then neither is success.
  • Too many people are holding onto something while it rots, instead of giving it away.
  • We are constantly looking for a reason (excuse) not to put ourselves on the line.
  • Make “art”, give gifts, do work that matters, lead, ship, make a difference.

Henry Cloud:

  • Wherever you are, God has called you to be a steward of a vision.
  • What does a person do when the truth comes to them?
  • Three categories of people: wise, fool, and evil.

John Dickson:

  • Humility is the noble choice to forgo your status and use your influence for the good of others.
  • Humility makes the great, greater.
  • Humility is common sense, beautiful, generative, persuasive, and inspiring.
  • Some of the most inspiring leaders have had no structural authority.

Patrick Lencioni:

  • People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed. -Samuel Johnson
  • One of the ways we manifest humility is by being vulnerable.
  • Three fears: losing business (rejection), being embarrassed, and feeling inferior.
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