What I Learned at the Global Leadership Summit, Day 2

My last post shared what I learned at Day 1 of Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit. Here’s what I learned the second day:

leadership summit

MASTERING THE SKILL OF INFLUENCE | JOSEPH GRENNY

grennyJoseph Grenny is a business leader and author. His presentation was practical and engaging.

  • Leadership is intentional influence.
  • We’re naive about how profound our social influences are.
  • There are personal, social, and structural influences.
  • Your job as an influencer is to help the good stuff feel pleasurable and the bad stuff feel painful.
  • Help people frame specific daily decisions in godly ways.
  • There are 6 sources of influence that can work for or against us:
Motivation Ability
Personal Make the Undesirable
Desirable
Surpass Your Limits
Social Harness Peer Pressure Find Strength in Numbers
Structural Design Rewards &
Demand Accountability
Change the Environment

DARING GREATLY | DR. BRENE BROWN

leadership summitBrene Brown is a professor at the University of Houston who gave a wildly popular TED talk on vulnerability.

  • People need to be be seen and loved, to belong, and to be brave.
  • If you struggle to ask for help, then you are judging other people when you offer them help.
  • Professing love has very little meaning in comparison to practicing love.
  • You can choose courage or comfort, but not both.
  • If you are not in the arena also getting your butt kicked on a regular basis, I am not interested in or open to your feedback.
  • As the world has grown, so have the number of cheap seats.

VIRAL LEADERSHIP: MULTIPLYING YOUR IMPACT EXPONENTIALLY | OSCAR MIRIU

leadership summitOscar Miriu is the Senior Pastor of Nairobi Chapel in Kenya and is, apparently, a leadership development machine. As somebody who oversees a pastoral residency program, I had great interest in his talk.

Five Convictions About Leadership Development

  1. The size of your harvest depends on how many leaders you have (Matt 9:37-38).
  2. Don’t live just for your generation, but for the next one (Psalm 71:18).
  3. Identify the budding leaders around you and take them to the Lord in prayer (Num 11:10-17).
  4. Instill the 5 loves into your budding leaders (Mark 12:32-33).
  5. Never do ministry alone (Acts 4:13).

REVERSING THE DEATH SPIRAL OF A LEADER | DR. HENRY CLOUD

leadership summitDr. Henry Cloud has written about a million books and consults with many top companies and leaders. This talk resonated with me personally as I’ve had some moments where I’ve fallen into the trap he discusses.

  • The hardest thing that a leader has to be “ridiculously in charge” of…himself.
  • Leaders who lead themselves well think, feel, and behave differently than others.
  • When leaders get stuck along the way, they’re tempted to fall mentally into the 3P trap:
    • Personal — taking the challenge or failure personally. “I’m not good enough.”
    • Pervasive — thinking the problem is bigger than it is. “This happens all the time. Everyone knows I’m not good enough. Everything sucks.”
    • Permanent — thinking it won’t change. “It’s always going to be this way.”
  • Fortunately, there’s a way out:
    • Log & Dispute — write down the negative thoughts. Dispute it when it comes into your head with the word of God.
    • Get Back in Control — write out what you can and can’t control. Control what you can. Don’t worry about what you can’t.
    • Connect — your brain runs on oxygen, glucose, and relationship. Reconnect with people.

CLOSING SESSION | ANDY STANLEY

leadership summitAndy Stanley is the Senior Pastor of North Point Community Church. I’ve learned so much from Stanley over the years and I love his leadership podcast. This talk combined some of the material in his latest book, Deep & Wide. It was my favorite session by far. Great way to end the conference.

I liked this message so much that I plan to show it on a Sunday at Redemption Gateway at some point when the DVD is released. Because it was so good and I was so caught up in it, I didn’t take too many notes.

  • Jesus said he would build his “congregation”—how Tyndale translated Matt 16:18.
  • We are here because Jesus made a promise that he would build his church. Jesus has been and will continue to build his church and nobody will stop it.
  • The central teaching of the church was not, “We believe something was true” but “We believe something happened.”
  • Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain.

 

 

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Luke Simmons

I was born and raised in Denver, CO and lived there through high school. Then I moved to Champaign, IL where I attended the University of Illinois and played on the Fighting Illini baseball team. I was married in December, 2001 to Molly, who I met at the U of I. In June of 2002, we moved to Phoenix and have been here ever since. In July of 2006, we welcomed a baby girl, Abby, into our family.

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