Notes from the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit

I was offered the opportunity to volunteer at a local simulcast of the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit this week. For those of you who may not be familiar with WCGLS, it’s hosted each year by Willow Creek Community Church, near Chicago.

Before you dismiss the remainder of my blog, thinking that I attended a church conference, and you’ve “heard all that before”, let me say, this was a Leadership Summit. The speakers included Bill Hybels, lead pastor of Willow Creek Community Church; Colin Powell, a four-star general, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Secretary of State; Patrick Lencioni, author of business management books such as ‘The Advantage’ and ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’; Liz Wiseman, author, motivational speaker and former CEO of Oracle; and Bob Goff. Bob is an attorney, author, founder of Restore International, and Consul to the Republic of Uganda. There were some unquestionably intelligent, experienced speakers in the room.

Here are a few notes from the summit. They’re so profound, I feel I should share them.

Bill Hybels: “Church leaders learn from business managers.”

“The more we utilize social media, the more we hunger face-to-face interaction.”

Colin Powell: “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” 

“Get mad when you have to; then get over it.”

“Adapt to the personality of your subordinates.”

“Leaders are the kind of people who solve problems.”

“If you don’t have the guts to do it; you’re not leading any more.”

“When someone isn’t working out in a role, sometimes you have to throw them off the train.”

Patrick Lencioni: “Anonymity is a killer in the workplace.”

“Your job [as a leader] is to create joy for someone who is otherwise hopeless.”

“We have to help people find what their relevance is.”

“All humans have a need to be able to measure success.”

Liz Wiseman: Ask questions and let others find the answer. That’s how you lead leaders.”

“Provoke genius in others.”

“Be a genius maker, not the genius in your organization.”

Bob Goff: “You don’t want in-laws and employees. You want friends. Do stuff together.”

“Give the wheel over to someone and let them land the plane. Be not afraid.”

“Don’t be a poser. Be you.”

“See who people are becoming, not who they are now.”

“If you want to lead strong in your community, when some crazy opportunity comes along, say yes.”

There was much more great information, and yesterday was a fun, exciting experience. I hope to go back again next year.



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