I recently had the privilege of attending Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit. Every year our church sends our pastor and elders to this leadership conference. For the first time, the wives of the elders were invited to join them. I have never attended a conference such as this one. For two entire days, I had the honour to sit and listen to some of North America’s most well-known leaders both in the business world as well as in the church world. Men and women like Bill Hybels, Wess Stafford, Michelle Rhee, Dr. Henry Cloud, the Honourable Cory Booker, Mama Maggie Goloran, and Seth Godin. We listened to topics ranging from art to poverty, from educational issues to city problems, from learning the characteristics of an evil, foolish or wise man to having audacious faith.
The things I learned in those two days have remained in my mind and continued to percolate. There were many profound one-liners that I wrote down. I have already used many of them in conversation. I’d like to share a few with you.
Bill Hybels: “When leaders stop learning, leaders should stop leading”.
Len Schlesinger: “Stop worrying about what you want to do, and start worrying about what you want to do next.”
and, “Failure doesn’t mean “game over” it means trying again with more experience”.
Seth Godin: “If failure isn’t an option, than neither is success.”
and, “Just because the tide is out, doesn’t mean there is less water in the ocean.”
Steven Furtick: (and btw this guy was hands down my absolute favourite speaker!…except for his outfit…which I think he borrowed from his wife) “If your vision isn’t intimidating to you then it’s likely to be insulting to God”.
and, “We compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reels.” Isn’t this so very true?
Patrick Lencioni (this guy was the funniest!! ): “People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed”.
and this one was directed at the woman who unintentionally and accidentally but completely noticeabley farts in public but then totally denies it was her: “If you are looking to build your reputation of awesomeness, then ask someone to pull your finger”. I think we repeated this one to each other 5 or 6 times in the first hour after the session was out.
Have you ever attended Global Leadership Summit? Who was your favourite speaker?