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:
- Book: Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future
- Podcast: Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast
- Leaders should ask themselves 3 questions:
- What would my replacement do?
- What would a great leader from another time or place do?
- What story do I want to tell?
- Book: The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities (Celebra Books)
- Leaders must be ready to have the “uncomfortable” conversations.
- When you read other leaders’ writings or letters, what “words” stand out? Their words will describe who they really are.
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
- 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
- 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?
- 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:
- Requirement: What do I have to do?
- Return: What do I do well?
- Reward: What do I love?
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.
- Website: Table Group
- Book: The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business
- The last and most important competitive advantage that remains untapped is “organizational health.”
- Healthy organizations eliminate politics and confusion.
- The 4 disciplines that help organizations get healthy:
- Build a cohesive leadership team
- Create clarity
- Over-communicate clarity
- Reinforce clarity
Choices are about intention. What choices will you make today?Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links on this page are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”