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#GLS17 Opening Session – Bill Hybels

August 10, 2017

My 30 second summary:

  • We should be looking at people of all ages and speaking leadership into them as we see it. Help them see themselves as leaders.
  • Also, this is a time where civility is important. Talk with those around you about what civility rules you might follow in order to treat each other with respect, always. This is not a time to just tolerate each other. Rather, it is a time to seek to understand one another.
  • It is of vital importance to spend every day, first thing, in solitude in order to spend time with God and reflect on life and leadership.

Here are my notes:

Leadership

Who believed in you as a leader before anyone else? Who planted the leadership sead in us?

“As leaders we must take responsibility to plant leadership seeds in young people.”

Reflect on who the people are that spoke life and leadership into us. Write them a note of thanks.

2 Challenges:

  • Thank someone who spoke into your life as a leader
  • Recommit to planting seeds in young leaders

Civility

  • Book “Mastering Civility”
  • We are near a crisis point with civility in society
  • The solution to civility issues begins with us
  • respect everyone always…we do not get to choose who we respect, all are made in God’s image
  • 10 rules for leaders
    • set the example of how to differ without demonizing
    • have spirited conversations without drawing blood
    • don’t interrupt those who are talking or dominate conversation
    • refuse to use volume or incindiary words in talking about others
    • set the example of being coureous to all
    • never stereotype
    • immediately apologize when wrong
    • be open minded and form opinions carefully
    • show up on time and do what is do
    • form rules of respect and enforce them relentlessly (write written rules of respect)
  • Don’t just tolerate each other…seek to understand each other (Randolph Stephenson from AT&T)
  • Have a conversation with your team to write rules of civility

Succession

  • Questions
    • Who?
    • When? Setting the date makes the difference and keeps things moving
    • How? How will the process be led
  • Phases
    • planning
    • internal candidate? (Higher chance of success)
    • external candidate?
    • transition
  • initial learnings
    • having a well thought plan/document is very important
    • keep journey bathed in prayer and keep personalities and politics out of it
    • when a succession plan takes too long it hurts the vision
      • hard to restructure during process
      • takes an emotional toll on the senior leadership
  • Proverbs 11:14

Closing

  • trust in God’s custom plan for my life
  • God will write a better script for my life than I can write on my own
  • there are seasons in our lives…we must be able to discern times when God is writing the ending for a particular season in our life
  • endings matter, too
  • Book “Necessary Endings” by Henry Cloud

Challenges from Bill

  • spend 15 minutes each morning to read and reflect on your life, leadership, faith, character, family, read the Bible and think about who we are becoming (chair time)…we need reflection time
  • choose an organization in the community that is meeting a deep need and get behind their work “mere financial success should bore you”
  • measure the health of your organizations culture and increase its health…it will only be as healthy as the top leader wants it to be
  • Do you have a personal betterment plan for the coming year?
  • Are you leading on the home front as well as you are leading at work

GLS15 Personal Reflection

The Global Leadership Summit this year energized, convicted, and inspired me. The following ideas have been key take-aways for me:

  1. A recurring theme through both days was that the disciplines that I continue to see as important in my life, yet are so hard to stay consistent with, are critical to my health and development and must continue to be an intentional pursuit (spending time with God in solitude, music, and physical fitness). In particular, I’ve been making sure to listen to more music!
  2. Horst Schulze ( http://stephen.braunius.org/session-5a-horst-schulze/ ) was probably the speaker that shifted my thinking the most. He opened my mind to the service industry and how serving should come out of truly caring about and for others. I loved learning aboutthe movement of interactions with people which includes:
    • Welcome within 12 feet you need to say welcome or greet someone by showing care in the eyes
    • Comply to what a guest wants from you by caring for their needs
    • say farewell
  3. I loved listening to Brene Brown ( http://stephen.braunius.org/gls15-session-3b-dr-brene-brown/ ). Her movements of “the reckoning, the rumble, and the revolution” were a wonderful reminder on sharing the story we tell ourselves to others. She said under “the revolution” that “When we deny the story it defines us. When we own the story we can write the ending.” It was really good stuff and I’m “trying this on” in many of my relationships.
  4. Albert Tate’s message ( http://stephen.braunius.org/session-4b-albert-tate/ ) was a wonderful reminder, “The work is not about your name, it is about His name. It is not about your power, it is about His power.” I’ve found great peace in His message of relying on God and being blown away with what God can do when we simply bring Him what we have and rely on Him do the rest.
What impacted you?

Session 7b: One-on-One, Tyler Perry

2014-08-15 3:04 PM

  • artistic side & leadership side – which one comes more naturally?
    • both born in childhood
    • imagination was to escape what was happening at the time
    • work ethic from dad
    • “all things work together for good”
  • separate sides
    • artist side needs space to create
    • dedicate 3-4 months for writing with 2-3 days to do business
  • creatives with no respect for budgets and others?
    • great artists know how to honor the time of others
  • needs for the creative side
    • clear the noise
    • clear the clutter
    • get away from everybody for awhile to be still and listen
    • similar for creativity and listening to God
  • how do you inspire workers?
    • surrounds himself with people like him
    • give underdogs a chance
    • give people with the best attitude a chance
  • hardships in life as a child?
    • dad was frustrated with the world
    • fear in parents from the past
    • despised as an artist child
    • was unable to protect mom when beaten by dad
    • every Sunday morning would go to church – mom would be singing, dancing, and lifted at church
    • “I want to know the God that makes my mother this happy…Jesus”
    • mom gave faith in God that has sustained him through everything
  • It takes huge amounts of energy to forgive
    • the exact same amount of energy that went into the betrayal is needed to be able to forgive
    • Forgiveness is scary because “You give up the hope of what happened to you ever being any different”
  • Madea character
    • used to get messages across
    • “use the laughter as the anesthesia to get to the real heart of the matter”
  • message in successful and lower class
    • being grateful for what you have and don’t judge others you don’t know
    • it could be any of us who would be in a tough place
  • How do we find hope with continuing racial issues?
    • every generation gets a little better
    • “people are just people”
    • “It was her life experience. It wasn’t mine.”
    • people should open the doors to other people
  • Critics?
    • rather than focus on the critics, focus on how many people are positively influenced
    • “thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies”
    • “Watch me eat!”
  • What drives philanthropy?
    • mom had a heart for giving…not money
    • to whom much is given, much is required
    • want to help others around the world
  • Talk church…
    • devoted follower of Christ
    • don’t find it is easy to stay connected with a local church because of how much wealth he has
    • there is power in the assembly
    • many celebrities would like to go to church without judgement
  • 30 years from now, what kind of legacy?
    • people won’t forget how you made them feel
    • desire to have the movies speak to people and help them through situations
    • want to help people feel good

Session 7a: The Power Paradox, Ivan Satyavrata

2014-08-15 2:34 PM

  • Calcutta is an exciting place but also has people living on the street
  • How do you live with the burden of the massive need?
    • 1/1000 are Christians
    • large numbers of poor
  • Power
    • power is the potential to move reality…to make something happen
    • “leaders manage power”
    • “There is no such thing as leadership without power”
  • Paradox
    • A concept/reality that combines contradictory features or qualities
    • John 13:1-5 shows the power paradox
      • “A leader must be able to wield power, real power, in order to lead effectively. She must hat the same time be genuinely vilnerable…”
  • Types of power paradoxes
    • knowledge power: can fill us with pride and enslave us,
      • “How am I stewarding my knowledge power as a leader?”
      • scepter of power in one hand and a towel/basin in the other…are we holding both with equal strength?
    • people power: wrongly used shows as manipulation
      • II Samuel 23: David dumping the water as offering to the Lord
      • great leaders refuse to wrongly use influence, intimidation, control
      • create the ultimate safe place from which followers can rise to achievement and fullfillment…
      • ACT and use the kingdom power, invade the darkness, “We dare not do otherwise” James 4 – evil is knowing what to do and not doing it
      • humility combined with fierce resolve
  • we are not a single person who has to abolish all evil in the world like the terminator
  • Like Paul, celebrate our weakness and
    • the true secret of a great leader’s power is that when you feel the weakest, that’s when you areally are the strongest!
    • His strength is realized in our weakness
    • The power lies in jars of clay
    • lead well, finish well, leave a lasting legacy, understand that the power comes from God
  • As Jesus said, we are meek inheritors of the earth

Session 6: A Grander Vision, Don Flow, Allen Catherine Kagina, Wilfredo De Jesus

2014-08-15 11:38 AM

Don Flow

  • How does your faith affects every aspect of your business?
    • work is a place that God has called you to
    • prayer life
      • Trust that God is at work in every aspect of our day
      • pray for specific people, broken relationships, wisdom, guidance
      • “Not my will but yours be done”
    • daily interactions as a leader
      • love should animate Christian leaders
      • come alongside people, celebrate them, go the extra mile to help them
      • be a person of truth, trust-worthy
      • the leader is the constraint on the company for how far love will be expressed
    • culture of the company
      • culture shapes the lives of all employees
      • leader must make sure everything flows from Jesus’ admonition for neighborly love
      • 3 foundational commitments
        • covenant with the customer (always truth, always right thing, always follow promise)
        • community with one another – every persons’ contributions matter
        • common good of the communities (arts, politics, environment)
    • animates customers, employees, and community
    • What does business look like in its fullest sense?
    • re-awaken our imaginations
    • “we are people of hope”
    • this is a world of abundance and not scarcity
    • “Jesus Christ did change everything”
    • “the role of the church is to raise our vision back”
    • seek truth, justice, and plenty wherever we are
    • Metrics for measuring employees? SERVE
    • Show respect – everyone matters
    • Earn trust – be for each other
    • Reach for perfection – don’t be satisfied with how things are – challenge without confidence creates fear, confidence without challenge creates complacency
    • Value input – engage everyone in the process
    • Energize others – a clear purpose brings energy
  • “The world will not form distinctive Christians. It is the calling of the church to do that.”
    • The triune God is sending us out!
    • the redemption of the world in Christ is happening now

Allen Catherine Kagina

  • works for the Ugandan Revenue Authority (tax)
  • much corruption in Africa
  • Africa is the poorest continent in the world
  • the URA was hated by the people and seen as a den of thieves
  • Once you bring God into the marketplace things will change. God doesn’t know divisions between church, business, and government
  • “You are an annointed tax collector”
  • decided it was important to have 2 things:
    • integrity
    • competence
  • fired all people and required them to re-apply…this was the only way to deal with corruption
  • asked taxpaper what they wanted from URA…we want to serve you
  • re-branded
    • cut off the old image
    • went into communities to serve
  • “God has invaded the tax authority. Because he has, revenue has grown by 317%”
  • “We are not a poor nation. We have capacity issues.”
  • “We need to get people to do the right thing”
  • many people are leaving the URA to lead large organizations
  • “This is not about me. It was always God’s idea.”
  • “If we will invite the kingdom of God into our public areas, God will take over and we will see better societies.”

Wilfredo De Jesus

  • “Prayer is necessary…We cannot allow prayer to be a crutch not to do anything.”
  • “You cannot let your budget dictate your faith”
  • Ezekiel 22:30: stand in the gap (a place of weakness, vulnerability, danger)
    • the gaps are wide and destructive
    • we must engage our community
    • you have to see the community as your church
    • sit with the lost, eat with the lost, converse with the lost, be with those who don’t look like us – GO TOWARD THEM
    • “What’s sacred is the message and not the method”
    • “We must not be afraid to take our faith into our communities.”
    • Faith is the enemy of fear
  • Nehemiah
    • “How’s Jerusalem?”
    • “Leaders – If you’re not going to do anything with the answer, don’t ask the question”
    • “With revelation comes responsibility”
    • Nehemiah did 4 things:
      • he prayed “Prayer is good but needs to move us to action”
      • he planned How many leaders have been in the huddle for 5 years instead of breaking and going into action? Get out of the huddle?
      • he proceeded You must act to fill that gap to the glory of God
      • he persuaded “The moment you decide to stand in the gap there will always be opposition.”
  • “Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. courage breeds creativity…” – Martin Luther King Jr

Bill Hybels

  • we are image bearers of God
  • “There is a grander vision on planet earth with your name on it”
  • when following our calling we will feel joy and purpose
  • deep gladness meeting deep need
  • Ephesians 2:10
  • we are created for work
  • “Are you living out the grander vision that God has custom designed for you?”
  • Many are asking themselves, “Is this all there is? Will my life ever be used for a higher purpose?”
  • Ephesians 2:10 “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God created beforehand…”
  • “The satisfaction is never going to come through self-gratification. Find God’s bidding for your life and then serve people joyfully and indiscriminately and the satisfaction your heart longs for will follow that.”
  • What would a satisfaction survey show in your life?
    • overflowing
    • half in-sync and safety/satisfaction matters too much
    • bankrupt “God loves you and doesn’t mean for your life to feel bankrupt”
      • John 10:10
      • “God made you on purpose for a purpose”
      • “When you get in-sync with your purpose you will feel it to your toes.”
  • “You have to bring the kingdom of God outside the walls of your church”
  • How do you get in-sync with God?
    • Put your hand in God’s hand
    • Take a step of faith to confirm if you are going into the right direction (trial and error)
    • The grander vision is unveiled as you go on the journey
  • “God, if you exist, put something in my mind or heart that I know did not come from me” “O, God, speak to me” “What is my piece in His grander vision”-

Session 5b: Winning from Within, Erica Ariel Fox

2014-08-15 10:27 AM

  • “The single most difficult group to negotiate with is children” :)
  • we get in our own way which causes us to miss amazing opportunities
  • “There’s a gap…you’re performance gap”
    • you doing your absolutely best TO
    • what you actually do in real life in practice
    • identify your key performance gaps and come up with a plan to reduce the gaps
    • serve from the best of who you are
    • Key ideas
    • Look at yourself in a new way
      • “most of us think of ourselves as singular”
      • “I am plural. I am not singular.”
      • we are like an orchestra and not a soloist
      • think of these as inner negotiators – different parts of us express themselves differently and prioritize things differently
      • the big 4 people in us – our top team:
        • The Dreamer (Inner CEO)
          • creates possibilities: sets strategic vision, senses a path forward, gives direction
          • develop by: looking for the dream beneath the dream
        • The Thinker (Inner CFO)
          • clarifies perspectives: analyzes data, manages risk, considers consequences
          • develop by: articulate a business case, find data
        • The Lover (Inner VP of HR)
          • cares about people: feels emotions, manages relationships, collaborates with others, people want to know that you care about them
          • develop by: call the name and face of someone you love into your heart before a meeting and remind self to love and care during the meeting
        • The Warrior (Inner COO)
          • catalyzes performance: takes action, reaches goals, speaks hard truth
          • develop by: telling a hard truth lovingly that has been avoided (crucial conversation), change some ares of life where you are saying “yes” and starting to say “no”
      • Are there 1 or 2 that I use a lot? Are there other ones that I leave behind? Every one is crucial to us and our performance
  • “There is so much beauty, and impact, and influence you can have when you develop these parts of yourself.”

Session 5a: Mastering the Art of Crucial Conversations, Joseph Grenny

2014-08-15 9:39 AM

  • “The power of a group a function of the purity of its motives”
  • “Are moments of disproportionate influence? Moments where how someone behaves has an enormous effect on every result you care about?”
  • Crucial Conversations:emotionally complex moments defined by 3 dimensions
    • opposing opinions
    • strong emotions
    • high stakes
  • Big idea #1: The principle of crucial conversations anytime you find yourself stuck, stop and ask: “What crucial conversation are we not holding or not holding well?”
    • “when it matters most, we tend to do our worst”
    • how do I behave differently toward a person when I have a negative conclusion about the person? It impacts our behavior and probably isn’t helping
    • along our journey toward a super-awesome goal we will have crucial conversations
    • 2 options when approaching a crucial conversation
      • talk it out
      • act it out (if you don’t talk it out, you will end up acting it out)
    • at a really young age we believe a myth that undermines all of our relationships “You have to choose between telling the truth or losing a friend”
    • you can measure a health of a relationship or team based on the number of untalkables
    • Your job as a leader to model, teach, coach, and measure
    • 3 crucial moments in churches
      • performance problems wiht volunteers or staff
      • members who are struggling in sin or disconnecting from the church
      • concerns with pastors
    • crucial conversations are a pit or a path upward toward our goal
    • crucial conversations can become a path to intimacy
    • crucial conversations are a trust-building accelerant”
    • identify the 2 or 3 crucial conversations that most impact the mission of the organization
    • learn to focus on crucial conversations
  • The principal of crucial conversations: the vital behavior that enables most any positive organizational outcome is CANDOR at moments of acute emotional and political risk**
  • results in individual influence, teamwork, productivity, marriage success, diversity, quality, safety
  • seven crucial sills
    • start with heart
    • learn to look
    • make it safe
      • 2 things to do in the first 30 seconds of the crucial conversation to have a 97% chance you will be heard
        • mutual purpose – the entrance condition – you know that I care about your goals
        • mutual respect – the continuance condition – you know that I care about you
      • People never become defensive about what you’re saying. People become defensive because of why they think you’re saying it.
    • master my stories
    • STATE MY path
    • explore others’ path
    • move to action
  • The myth that we can’t tell the truth and keep a friend keeps us from reaching our full potential

Session 4: The Most Dangerous Mistakes Leaders Make, Patrick Lencioni

 2014-08-14 4:02 PM

  • What are the core behaviors that cause problems for leaders
  • These are things that actually hurt people
  • Mistake #1: Becoming a leader for the wrong reason
    • wrong motivations–recognition, fame, money, power
      • stop caring about the people they are supposed to lead
      • bored
      • selfish
    • right reason: “Sacrifice themselves for the good of others even when they don’t know if there will be a return on the investment”
    • “The cost of leaders becoming leaders for themselves it is going to leave a trail of tears behind”
    • “If it isn’t servant leadership, then it is just economics.”
    • “The only real payoff for leadership is eternal”
  • Mistake #2: Failing to embrace vulnerability
    • this destroys trust
    • the best leaders are the ones who show their weakness
    • “I don’t think you can be too vulnerable as a leader”
    • there is a difference between competence and confidence
    • leaders want people to help them
    • “it’s tough to be someone’s pastor and manager at the same time”
  • Mistake #3: Making leadership too important
    • Most of time leadership is about work
    • “Our identity can get wrapped up in being a leader” – rather than focusing on being a child of God, a spouse, a parent
    • at the end of our life we don’t want to be known as a great manager
  • It’s all about PRIDE
    • the antidote to pride is humility
    • Jesus introduced humility as a virtue
    • we have to purify our intentions and get all of the pride out of the way
    • “Do I think my success as a leader comes from doing things well?” OR Do I think my success as a leader coms from doing what God wants me to do and ruthlessly pursuing it

Session 3A: The Power of Introverts — Susan Cain

2014-08-14 2:12 PM

  • ½ to 1/3 of the population is introverted
  • Harness the power of introvers as well as extroverts
  • Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
    • how do you feel after two hours at a fun party?
      • energized – extrovert
      • tired – introvert
  • Introverts have nervous systems that have a heightened atunement to stimulation
  • loud background noise is good for extroverts and not introverts
  • create environments that support people’s unique needs
  • “The wind howls but the mountain remains still” Confusion saying
  • there is a love and attraction when introverts and extroverts are together
  • Rethink innovation and idea sharing
    • creativity: mix of introvert AND extrovert
    • individuals provide more and better ideas than groups together
  • Conformity – what to do?
    • stop the madness of constant group work – use a hybrid approach that allows for solitude. Give people the chance to stop and write down their ideas when gathered as a group
    • forget networking – focus on service
    • restore quiet to your culture – invite the still small voice
    • rethink what makes a “natural” leader – not just extroverts
      • level 5 leaders (Jim Collins): fiercely devoted to companies AND shy, quiet, soft-spoken, low-key
  • What to do?
    • groom an “unlikely” leader
    • find your complement (another person who is good at things that you are not)
    • find a role model
  • http://www.quietrev.com
  • Take a step inward and think about what is in your suitcase – introverts should occasionally take them out and share with the world
  • “May you have the courage to speak softly”

Session 3B: Instigating Change through Personal Sacrifice, Bryan Loritts

14 August 2014 2:44 PM

  • Matthew 25:31-46 – a terrifying passage
  • drink deeply from the life of William Wilberforce
  • freedom of new life in Jesus against a nation making money from slavery
  • John Newton, a past slave trade person, grabbed by God (“Amazing Grace”)
  • “your vocation can be a viable venue to advance the meaningful things of life”
  • “do not relegate leadership to a theory”
  • “The blessings of God were not meant to be hoarded”
  • “Naked we came into this world. Naked we shall return.”
  • We need to share with people in need
  • In Jesus’ organization the entrance is being saved by grace through faith
  • Genesis 15: Abram – he believed God and it was credited as righteousness
  • God opened the Red Sea first for the Israelites and then gave them law
  • It’s not that we have to…we GET TO!
  • FRUIT is what shows our faith
  • Everyone should look in the rear view mirror and see that we aren’t there yet, but we are changing
  • Salvation is a mystery
  • “This text is not the root of salvation but the root of salvation”
  • God has a heart for the orphan, widow, alien, and the poor
  • We are not following God’s heart if we are not doing things to help the orphan, widow, alien, and the poor
  • leave margins in our budget to generously and spontaneously give to those in need
  • Enough? How much is enough?
  • You know what joy is? Joy is helping to pay someone’s medical bill?
  • “refuse to use the perks for your own selfish advantage”