More notes from The Leadership Summit.
Session 3 – Bill George
Bill George is the former CEO of Medtronic and is currently a Harvard Business School Professor and author. At the age of 8, his father began encouraging him to strive to become a CEO of a major corporation. Bill spoke on Finding Your True North.
- There is nothing enlightening about shrinking around around other people thinking that it will make the more comfortable. Always be yourself.
- Getting people aligned with the vision is much harder than getting the numbers right.
- Passion to lead comes from your life story, not from your talents and competencies.
Bill’s keys to leadership:
- Understand the purpose of your leadership – “follow your compass and not your clock”
- Gain self-awareness
- The real test of your values is when things are going down the drain
- Follow your motivation and capabilities
- Building a support team around you is important
- Lead an integrated life – be the same person in all environments
Session 3 – Wendy Kopp
Wendy Kopp is the founder of Teach for America. Bill Hybels interviewed Wendy on her passion for education, and unfortunately he did most of the talking.
- Sacrifice adds value to your life
- Disparity in education is a huge problem, but a solvable one
Session 4 – John Burke
- “How many sexually-active, drunk atheists do you have in your church?”
- Jesus came for messy, broken people. We have to get our hands dirty to reach them.
- Am I leading more like Jesus, or more like the Pharisees?
- Don’t make it difficult for people to find God. Don’t be a barrier to God’s grace. Are we teaching people to hate others? Gays for example.
- Authentic, confessing community is important
- Our job is not to change or grow people; our job is to cultivate the soil so God can grow them
- All we have to do in order to bear fruit is to stay connect to God
Session 4 – Efrem Smith
Efrem Smith is the senior pastor at The Sanctuary Covenant Church and is freakin’ hilarious. He spoke on multicultural leading.
- God wants to love the world through us
- “When Jesus comes back, it’s ultimate justice. Until then, it’s ‘just us’.”
- We must be able to love across race and class and place
- Rather than saying “God told me this…”, Efrem says “I think I heard God say…”
- The best thing a leader can say is “my bad”
- The high pressure of what God wants to do bumping up the low pressure of what we want to do is what causes storms in this world
- Efrem promotes socially innovative churchs
More to come tomorrow… Who knows? Maybe I’ll blog live…