The Choices We Make: My Notes From Leadercast

Along with a few friends, I attended the Leadercast simulcast at the Office Depot Corporate Headquarters on May 4, 2012. The program, sponsored by Chick-fil-A followed the theme of “Life changing events begin with a simple choice.” In other words, we all make choices (decisions) that affect the people around us which can create a positive impact on them and others. As leaders, our choices can strengthen our families and impact our organizations. The day-long program featured energizing speakers who delivered thought-provoking ideas on leadership and practical ways to apply them. Look for the next Leadercast on May 10, 2013. Following are some nuggets I took away:

Andy Stanley

Soledad O’Brien

Dr. Roland Fryer

  • Website: The Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University
  • How do we make life better for those who are less fortunate?
  • If the U.S. has better education and technology available, why do we score lower than other countries who have less?
  • Who does it right? We should find them and follow what they do. Figure out what they do and do that!
  • Some ways for better education:
    • Spend more time doing it
    • Find the best teachers and use them
    • Use data to alter the pace of instruction
    • Have high expectations
    • Use short term learning and testing
    • Hold leaders accountable
    • Test the fundamentals early and often

Marcus Buckingham

  • Website: TMBC
  • Leadership is about “authenticity.” It’s not a model, it’s idiosyncratic.
  • What’s your leadership edge?
    • Advisor: You are practical
    • Connector: You are a catalyst
    • Creator: You make sense of the world
    • Equalizer: You are level-headed
    • Influencer: You engage people and convince them to act
    • Pioneer: You are optimistic in the face of uncertainty
    • Provider: You sense other people’s feelings
    • Stimulator: You are the host for other people’s emotions
    • Teacher: You are thrilled by the potential you see in others

Angela Ahrendts

  • Website: Burberry
  • Leadership should build a culture of trust and intuition. The combination will lead to more choices and better execution.
  • Keep asking:
    • What is our brand? Is it relevant? What’s best for the brand?
    • How do we unite the team? How do we connect with everybody?
    • How do we keep the organization healthy, motivated, and inspired?

John Maxwell

  • Website: The John Maxwell Company
  • You need to transform yourself to transform others. What are you doing to develop yourself?
  • 3 laws from the Laws of Growth
    • Law of Intentionality – What is our purpose?
    • Law of Awareness – We must know ourselves to grow ourselves.
      • Follow the 3 R’s:
        1. Requirement: What do I have to do?
        2. Return: What do I do well?
        3. Reward: What do I love?
    • Law of Environment – Grow in the right surroundings.

Tim Tebow and Urban Myer

  • Website: Tim Tebow
  • Urban Myer: Leadership is raising the level of the people around you.
  • Tim Tebow:
    • How do you lead when you are not in the game? Be ready!
    • Don worry about what you can’t control; focus on what you can do.

Dr. Sheena Iyengar

  • Book: The Art of Choosing
  • Choice is our ability to exercise control over ourselves and our environment.
  • Effective leaders see choice through others’ eyes.
  • Effective leaders are choosy about choosing.

Patrick Lencioni

Choices are about intention. What choices will you make today?

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Chick-fil-A Leadercast [Event]

Join me at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast simulcast hosted locally by the City of Delray Beach on May 4, 2012. Here’s the info:

Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including the City of Delray Beach. This year’s program will focus on the Power of Choice. The diverse group of internationally-acclaimed authors, leadership experts and practitioners will share insights that will help leaders empower others at work, at home and in the community to make choices that matter.


Hosted by

  City of Delray Beach

Friday, May 4, 2012

8:30am – 4:30pm


Office Depot Corporate Headquarters

6600 North Military Trail

Boca Raton FL  33449

Purchase tickets today at


Tickets are only $65 for this all-day event; includes lunch, refreshments, conference notebook, parking and raffles throughout the day.  Students and non-profit organizations may purchase tickets for $55.



  • Tim Tebow, NFL quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and best-selling author
  • Urban Meyer, ESPN analyst, former head football coach for the University of Florida and new head football coach at Ohio State University
  • Soledad O’Brien, Anchor and special correspondent for CNN
  • Marcus Buckingham, Strength strategist, best-selling author and researcher
  • Patrick Lencioni, Best-selling author and president of The Table Group
  • John Maxwell, Leadership expert & best-selling author of “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”
  • Angela Ahrendts, CEO, Burberry
  • Roland Fryer, Professor of economics at Harvard University and CEO of the Education Innovation Laboratory
  • Andy Stanley, Best-selling leadership author and communicator
  • Sheena Iyengar, Author of “The Art of Choosing“ and world-renowned expert of choice

For more information, visit the website or, contact



Dot Bast, PHR

Training and Development Manager

City of Delray Beach

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