Good morning everyone.
As I hope I have shared on this blog before, I am always striving to learn and pass on what I have learned. To do this, I am always reading (books and blogs) , listening to podcasts, watching videos (which frequently become topics for the “Friday Unwind”), and whenever possible, I try to attend conferences.
Earlier this month, I had a chance to attend the Global Leadership Summit (http://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/). For years I have heard about the summit and this year I decided to make the investment. And while I have attended other leadership conferences (I highly recommend Leadercast, which I have attended for four years), I was blown away by the GLS2015. It is a full two days of speakers, some of the most prestigious in the world. The content is rich, and full of practical ideas and tools you can take away to help make you “at least 5% better” as they ask you to commit to at the end of the conference.
Seeing as this is the 5 for 5 blog, I thought I would share 5 big ideas I took away, although there are many, many more:
#1 – “The story I am telling myself is…” – speaker: Brené Brown, Author of “Daring Greatly” and “The Gifts of Imperfection”
- Big idea: As Brené explained during her talk, “Our brain is neuo-biologicallly hardwired to make up a story about what is happening.” The problem is that not every story we tell ourselves is accurate. The challenge as she put it, “when we own the story (allow ourselves to be vulnerable), we get to write the ending”.
- To learn more: Brené Brown has just released a new book titled “Rising Strong”, which her talk at the GLS was based on. I am actually ordering it this week. http://www.amazon.com/Rising-Strong-Bren%C3%A9-Brown/dp/0812995821/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440966759&sr=8-1&keywords=rising+strong&pebp=1440966761339&perid=0FG69ZTHDSXS839S4SKV
#2 – “Service is caring from the heart” – speaker: Horst Schulze, Founding President and former COO, Ritz Carlton Group
- Big idea: When people think of service Ritz-Carlton nearly always is at the top of the list of companies that excel at this. Mr. Schulze extolled the audience that the role of the leader is to model service for their teams by leading them to excellence. By setting up processes that bring out excellence. Service to employees and customers is not just the right thing it is the moral thing.
- To learn more: Horst Schulze has released a new book titled “The New Gold Standard: 5 Leadership Principles for Creating a Legendary Customer Experience Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company”. http://www.amazon.com/New-Gold-Standard-Leadership-Ritz-Carlton/dp/0071548335/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440976364&sr=1-1&keywords=horst+schulze&pebp=1440976365820&perid=1JK5D3QCDJ8BYZXHCQ5Z
#3 – People struggle with giving feedback. We also struggle with receiving it. – speaker: Sheila Heen, Founder of the Triad Consulting Group
- Big idea: Unfortunately, as Sheila explained in her talk, we are all very attuned to “wrongspotting”. We are always looking to find something wrong with feedback. Instead, her advice is to do nothing, as in don’t react. Rather, try to understand what the feedback provider means.
- To learn more: Sheila Heen has released a new book titled “Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well”. http://www.amazon.com/Thanks-Feedback-Science-Receiving-Well/dp/0143127136/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440981988&sr=8-1&keywords=sheila+heen&pebp=1440981991275&perid=0V25C379BSQT07VMSFMS
#4 –“ Are we at our best when we know the least?” – speaker: Liz Wiseman, President, The Wiseman Group
- Big idea: Liz shared an important idea, especially in this ever changing world: “It is not what you know, but how fast you can learn”. The key as she puts is that in a growing company we are “underqualified” every day. The key is to ask lots of questions, throw away your old notes, and admit what you don’t know.
- To learn more: Liz Wiseman has released a new book titled “Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work”. http://www.amazon.com/Rookie-Smarts-Learning-Beats-Knowing/dp/006232263X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440982401&sr=8-1&keywords=liz+wiseman&pebp=1440982404986&perid=0SRZ8C9YEQZDPYGH1Q0H
#5 – The highest value of leadership = Humility – speaker: Bill Hybels, Founder and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
- Big idea: Last but not least, Bill actually kicked off day one of the summit. This idea isn’t from the core of his speech, but was actually part of the introduction. He implored the attendees to embrace the idea that leaders are learners. As he put it, “We have so much to learn about leadership. With enough humility, leaders can learn from anyone.” Amen to that!
- To learn more: Bill Hybels has written many books. One I recommend (that is currently en route from Amazon is “Leadership Axioms: Powerful Leadership Proverbs”. http://www.amazon.com/Leadership-Axioms-Powerful-Proverbs/dp/0310495962/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440982769&sr=8-1&keywords=leadership+axioms+powerful+leadership+proverbs&pebp=1440982771186&perid=1T5AGQ81AQ7RYBK2Q2XD
As mentioned above, I was overwhelmed by the experience of the Global Leadership Summit, and I would highly recommend it for anyone that is willing to embrace Bill Hybel’s challenge above, that with enough humility we can learn from anyone. I will certainly be back next year. Who knows….maybe someday I could have the honor to speak at the summit. 😉
If you are interested in more information, the following is the summit website. I would also recommend downloading the free app (GLSnext), which gives you access to a significant amount of video clips of the speakers.
Here’s this week’s 5 for 5 articles:
8 Ways To Improve Your Focus – by Stephanie Vozza – via Fast Company
- SO WHAT: Disclaimer – I struggle with focus. Here are some great ways to help with yours.
- Tags: Focus
How the Navy SEALs Train for Leadership Excellence – by Michael Schrage – via Harvard Business Review
- SO WHAT: The best thing I read all week. From the author: I fear that world-class business schools and high-performance businesses overinvest in “education” and dramatically underinvest in “training.”
- Tags: Growth, Personal Development
Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep – By Jon Hamilton – via NPR
- SO WHAT: Sleep is a crucial aspect of health and performance. That extra email can wait. Get regular rest, your productivity will thank you for it.
- Tags: Health
Why ‘Grit’ May Be Everything for Success – by Amy Rosen – via MSN
- SO WHAT: As is commonly defined, grit = passion + perseverance. The good news it can be developed.
- Tags: Perseverance
New Installation Invades Central London With 100,000 Balloons – by Meg Miller – via Fast Company
- SO WHAT: Just a little awesome, creative inspiration for you…
- Tags: Creativity
All the best, kevin