5 for 5 blog – 5 big ideas from the Global Leadership Summit

31 Aug


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”

#2 – “Service is caring from the heart” – speaker: Horst Schulze, Founding President and former COO, Ritz Carlton Group

#3 – People struggle with giving feedback. We also struggle with receiving it. – speaker: Sheila Heen, Founder of the Triad Consulting Group

#4 –“ Are we at our best when we know the least?” – speaker: Liz Wiseman, President, The Wiseman Group

#5 – The highest value of leadership = Humility – speaker: Bill Hybels, Founder and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

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

How the Navy SEALs Train for Leadership Excellence – by Michael Schrage – via Harvard Business Review

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep – By Jon Hamilton – via NPR

Why ‘Grit’ May Be Everything for Success – by Amy Rosen – via MSN

New Installation Invades Central London With 100,000 Balloons – by Meg Miller – via Fast Company

All the best, kevin