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...

Bill Hybels

  • 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.