Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit 2012: Day 2 Recap
Day two of the Global Leadership Summit was just as inspirational as day one, and even more enjoyable (in my opinion). Here are my notes: Session 5: Patrick Lencioni (Founder and President, The Table Group)
- People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.
- The things that make Southwest Airlines great are things that their competitors think are below them.
- Organizational health is the most important thing in a business.
- Health = minimal politics, minimal confusion, high morale, high productivity, low turnover
4 disciplines to master for every organization:
1. Build a cohesive leadership team. 2. Create clarity: Why do we exist? How do we behave? What do we do? How will we succeed? What is most important, right now? Who must do what?
- Your core purpose doesn't always line up with what you do.
- How do we behave? Not what your values are. What are the two or three things you do well? A core value is something you are willing to be punished for.
- Find three strategic anchors that allow all employees power to make decisions based on those strategies.
- Being all things to everyone really makes you nothing to nobody.
3. Over communicate clarity 4. Reinforce clarity
William Ury (Co-Founder and Senior Fellow, Harvard University's Program on Negotiation)
- Negotiating is nothing more than back and forth communication.
- Organizations today are very horizontal. It causes us to have to negotiate across departments that we don't nessisarily have authority over.
- The biggest obstacle in negotiating is ourself.
- The foundation of success in negotiating is to not react in the heat of the moment.
- Separate the people from the problem. Be soft on the people and hard on the problem.
- Negotiate with confidence by having a back up plan.
- Do I not destroy my enemy by turning them into my friend? --Abraham Lincoln
Session 6: Pranitha Timothy (Director of Aftercare, Internstional Justice Mission)
- We are called to serve by a God who is already at work.
- Being saved doesn't mean God will not bring suffering.
- This life belongs to God.
- God is good. Even when things don't turn out the way we want them to.
Mario Vega (Senior Pastor, Misión Cristiana Elim San Salvador)
- 1 Samuel 15: 34-16:1 (Samuel's decision to betray Saul and follow God)
- When a person engages in dishonest living, they reveal their character of disobedience.
- We are not only responsible for our own actions, but also for those who we influence.
- When your back is against the wall and your character is on the line, will you choose to side with a human or God?
- To make such a decision requires self denial.
- The heart finds comfort with every new step of integrity.
- Leaders are defined by the ongoing decisions they make.
- Every right decision a leader makes strengthens his influence.
Geoffrey Canada (President and CEO, Harlem Children's Zone)
- Geoff has changed the culture in children in a 100-block area in Harlem.
- Failing in private is much easier than failing in public.
- As a leader, your moral compass must be always on. Your must bat 100%.
John Ortberg (Senior Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church)
- Where before the church was there a movement that sought to bring together people from all nations? Before that there was extreme segregation.
- Jesus changed how we think about history. Before that it was cycles and seasons.
- Because of the calendar, every time we see a date we are reminded of Jesus; He is the hinge of our history.
- Jesus shaped how we view compassion.
- Jesus shaped how we view education. Go out and teach everyone...
- Jesus changed political theory. Give to Ceaser what is Ceaser's...
- Matthew 16:18 - I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail it?
- A vision is a picture of the future that brings out passion in people.