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GLS15: Session 3b Dr Brene Brown

Global Leadership Summit 2015
Session 3b
Dr. Brené Brown
Rising Strong

  • “The story that I’m telling myself now is…”
    • What is the emotion that comes up when we try to connect with someone and reach out…Shame
    • anger is secondary emotion that always covers up some other emotion
  • Number one shame for women: body image
  • Number one shame for men: appearance of weakness and number one perpetrator is women
  • when someone shares something sacred with you and then you use it back to the person it is incredibly hurtful…an unholy act
  • We need to be able to share:
    • Here’s what scares me.
    • Here’s what I’m afraid of.
  • We want more love and vulnerability. This can only happen by being more vulnerability.
  • our brain is hardwired the instant something bad happens to make up a story about what is happening. If we can do that, we get a chemical reward. It rewards us whether the story is true or not.
    • stories with limited data points filled in with values and ideals is a conspiracy
  • the middle space: when you start something and are too far in to turn around and not able to see the end (the point of no return)
    • what people do in that space is what separates leaders from non-leaders
    • this is where leadership is born and courage is formed
    • this is a lonely and hard space
    • experience gives us a little bit of grace to let us know we have done it before and can get through
  • 3 things to go through
    • the reckoning: be able to recognize that something is happening in my feelings and identify them – something’s got me hooked and I’m willing to do something about it – Transformational Leaders:
      • do discomfort, real discomfort
      • emotional awareness about themselves and the people they work with – emotion dictates change (we are emotional people who sometimes think)
      • sit with someone and say “help me understand”
    • the rumble (rumble with emotion)
      • be willing to walk in and be brave
      • should have a value in truth with what is true and hard
      • choose courage or comfort…can’t have both
    • the revolution
      • this becomes part of what we do
      • “When we deny the story it defines us. When we own the story we can write the ending.”
  • it takes courage to tell people the story we are telling ourselves about challenging problems or situations and hear from them
  • the bravest among us are those who are the broken hearted
  • the physics of vulnerability are straight-forward–if you are brave enough often enough you will fail.
  • Find a way to lean into each other and find a way back up. The risk is worth it.

GLS15: Session 3a Adam Grant

Global Leadership Summit 2015
Session 3a
Adam Grant
Give and Take: A New Perspective on Leadership

  • What causes paranoia in an organization?
  • 3 categories of human interactions
    • Takers: think of every interaction as getting from others without giving back
      • narcassist
      • some people become takers when taken advantage of when they were givers or matchers
    • Givers: enjoy helping others with no strings attached
    • Matchers: keep an even balance of give and take
  • many of us have blind spots when we think we are givers and are actually takers or matchers…can only find out if asking others
  • takers rise quickly in an organization and fall quickly
  • many matchers gossip about takers to everyone in the organization
  • takers hate to see other takers succeed
  • givers will be in the top 25% and lowest 25% of the organization
  • givers often fail in the short run and succeed in the long run
  • recommendations
    • (1) get the right people on the bus – most important to keep the wrong people off the bus – keep takers off the team (in the presence of givers matchers become givers)
      • no correspondence between agreeability and disagreeability
      • watch out for agreeable takers
      • most people project their own motivation on others
      • you can find out a lot about people by asking them to make projections about the future and actions of others
    • (2) redefine giving
      • do more 5 minute favors – a micro loan
      • 100 hours a year is the sweet spot of giving (2–11 hours per week)
    • (3) Encourage help-seeking
      • the reciprocity ring – have everyone make a request for help in a group and have others volunteer to help (can have requests written anonymously and then have people sign their name on the request sheet)
    • Let’s start a trend to get people to be “Pro-noid” a fear that other people are wanting to help you

GLS15: Session 2b Ed Catmull

Global Leadership Summit 2015
Session 2b
Ed Catmull
Creativity, Inc: One on One with Ed Catmull

  • One of the great misconceptions of our time is not understanding that creativity is in both science and art
  • Art is about learning how to see. Wouldn’t we want this in all areas of business.
  • It all comes down to the power of a great story.
  • Stories are the way we communicate with each other at every level.
  • “The good stories are the ones that connect with emotions.”
  • When presenting ideas to people and it doesn’t look good the measure of progress is how the team is working together and not the idea. If there is laughter in the room, they will solve it.
  • Brain trust (a group to help with problems) team foundations:
    • (1) Peers talking to peers (not boss to employee)
    • (2) In that room for that time there is no power structure
    • (3) Have a vested interest in each others’ success
    • (4) Give and listen to good notes
    • magic happens when people are not attached to their ideas so they can be worked on
    • it is inevitable that the team will go astray during the work and lose objectivity. Your peers or a powerful outside force/audience, can help pull you out.
  • “Creativity is about solving problems.”
  • “Coming up with solutions is a creative act. In that creative act you want other people to help you.”
  • Failure has 2 meanings:
    • Intellectual – something to learn from
    • Danger – deep emotional feelings in working about being hurt or attacked by others
  • Address the thing that brings about the fear by being honest.
  • Fail early and fail fast. We will fail and it needs to be safe to do it. If you can do it fast you will progress more quickly.
  • Don’t punish or embarrass people when they fail.
  • “All good artists know they need to operate within constraints.”
  • The problem with being unbounded with no budget means you will have too many options. A budget helps bring constraint.
  • It gives greater energy to have a constraint.
  • post mortem: take time at the end of a project to maximize learning by looking at the good and the bad (introspection) – the introspection needs to be done differently each time because people will game the system
  • “Trust is something you have to earn and not just be something you agree to do.”
  • Stating values is easy. It is hard to find out why you aren’t living up to them.
  • Changing office layouts: “With open spaces you have accidental encounters.”
  • Don’t have many rules and people need to go on field trips to research. You have to go there and find something you don’t know. “People sense things are real even when they don’t know why.”
  • “Education is storytelling.” “Marketing is storytelling.” “Our job is to use our storytelling for good.”
  • Silent retreat – the chattering in your mind is not you…it takes 4 days for the chattering to wind down

GLS15: Session 2a Jim Collins

Global Leadership Summit 2015
Session 2a
Jim Collins, Seven Questions: Beyond Good to Great

  • “we are all young leaders”
  • “questions are better than answers”
  • (1) What cause do you serve with level 5 ambition?
    • “if you have a charismatic cause you do not need to be a charismatic leader”
    • Level 5 leaders have a unique combination of personal humility with an abominable will
    • leading with service and ambition
    • level 5 leaders inspire people to follow the cause
    • “Commitment to service is not a sector choice. It is a life choice”
  • (2) Will you settle for being a good leader or will you be a great leader?
    • “We are going to need great leadership through all sectors” since all sectors are networked
    • 3 key areas:
      • Know what must be done (and be right most of the time).
      • It’s about getting people to want to do what needs to be done.
      • It is not a science. It is an art.
    • Most great leaders started as good leaders and grew
    • “Will you scale your leadership with the organization?”
    • (3) How can you reframe failure as Growth in pursuit of a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal)?
      • a BHAG is something that you are not sure you can actually accomplish
      • “I am not a failure. I am growing.”
      • Growth is the other side of the coin from Success.
    • (4) How can you succeed by helping others succeed?
      • “we succeed at our very best only when we help others succeed”
      • “let me help you”
      • This creates an incredible idea of “You are never alone”
      • Triangle (service, success, growth)
        • build a culture that you are willing to sacrifice for with BHAGs and communal success in order to have the idea that we only succeed by helping each other
    • (5) Have you found your hedgehog – your personal hedgehog?
      • living in the intersection of passion, what I am made for, and economic engine to make a living and work toward my BHAGS
      • “True creators stay in the game”
      • “If you see life as a series of hands, and play every hand to the best of your ability it leads to a powerful effect.”
      • “You have to be in your hedgehog”
      • “Real creative impact accelerates, if you choose, after 50”
    • (6) Will you build your unit – your minibus – into a pocket of greatness?
      • “Focus on your unit. Not your career.”
      • “Be a first who leader. Not a first what leader.”
      • “Be rigorous, not ruthless, of your hiring decisions.”
      • “Life is people.”
      • The greatest leaders know how to make a distinctive impact on people
    • (7) How will you change the lives of others?
      • “Life is people.”

GLS15: Session 1 Bill Hybels

Global Leadership Summit 2015
Session 1
Bill Hybels , The Intangibles of Leadership

Welcome and Introduction

  • Leadership is moving people from here to there
  • Leadership is all about movement
  • we, as leaders are at different points in the journey:
    • can I do it?
    • can I sustain it?
    • can I take it across the finish line?
  • humility is the highest value at the Summit

The Intangibles of Leadership

  • Book: The Intangibles of Leadership (Richard Davis)
  • 5 aspects of leadership
  • (1) Grit
    • “passion and perseverance over the long haul”
    • unrelenting steely determination over decades
    • “gritty people play hurt”
    • gritty people believe they can overcome any obstacle that comes there way
    • Book: The Little Engine that Could “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” & “I thought I could. I thought I could. I thought I could.”
    • Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr.
    • Do you have grit? for grit assessment
    • Can grit be developed? Yes
      • “The arch enemy of grit is ease”
      • “Grit development demands difficulty.”
      • Grit grows every time you prove to yourself that you can overcome an obstacle.
      • “Will yourself to task achievement.”
      • Elite leaders know that overcoming physical challenges builds grit.
      • Over-deliver when asked to do something by supervisor
      • When senior leaders demonstrate grit teammates and followers notice and develop more grit in themselves.
      • “Gritty organizations are unstoppable.”
    • (2) Self-Awareness
      • leaders have things that happened in the past that impact what they do in the present (tethered to something in the past)
      • messes in an organization are often connected to low self-awareness
      • blind spots in leaders
        • “something someone believes they do well but everyone on the team knows it isn’t true.”
        • most leaders have 3–4 blind spots
        • the danger is that you have no idea the blind spot exists
        • once you know a blind spot you can move it into the weakness category for work
        • the people around you can help you identify them…especially direct supervisor or spouse
      • often requires conversations with co-workers, counselor, or coach
      • “Everybody will win when you grow in self-awareness.”
    • (3) Resourcefullness
      • ability to learn
      • in the face of difficult problems, people with high learning agility roll up their sleeves and figure out to do
      • the Wright Brothers are an example…they figured it out
      • “Resourceful people figure it out.”
      • Resourcefulness can be developed
        • need to put yourself in confusing and dysfunctional situations to grow it
        • organizations need resourceful people
    • (4) Self-Sacrificing Love
      • story of David and his troops (I Samuel 22:2) and the water they got for him (2 Samuel 23:17)
      • “Self-sacrificing love is at the very core of leadership.”
      • I Corinthians 13:8 “Love never fails.”
      • “Love changes people.”
      • Love turns a rag-tag group of people into a family
      • we live in a day where many leaders are narcassistic
      • the senior leader must demonstrate self-sacrificing love
      • organizations perform better when supervisors truly love those they supervise
      • don’t hesitate a moment to show love to teammates…get personal
    • (5) Create a Sense of Meaning
      • almost everyone understands the “What” and “How” of the organization. Many don’t know the “Why”
      • leaders in tomorrows world must share the why of the organization
      • “What is your white hot why?”
      • Your “why” will fuel you or will need to be changed to something that will fuel you
      • Ephesians 2:8–9
      • the message of what Christ does transformed Bill’s life and became his “white hot why” of “Transformed Lives”
      • find out your “white hot why”…life is too short to live without one

Background Eraser

This past weekend I had the opportunity to be a part of the Full Consistory retreat at Western Theological Seminary. In planning for the event I created slides for a presentation on my iPad Mini. On a couple of slides I needed to insert photos which had backgrounds that distracted from the central image. I started to wonder if there was a simple way to remove the background.

Being that I was creating this presentation on my iPad Mini I figured there must be an app for that. Sure enough, I found one called Background Eraser. At 99 cents, it was a bargain. After installing the app, I got to work by opening the photo, selecting the background, and letting it eliminate all but the important aspects of the photo. Success! The photo now was distraction free.

As I heard Ken Eriks preach this Sunday, I couldn’t help but think how amazing it would be if there was an app that could erase our past accomplishments and failures so only our best selves, who we are in Christ, could show through. In Philippians 3:13-14 Paul says it this way:

“Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Think of the freedom we get to experience by forgetting the past and living into the unique design for which God has created us. Even as we forget the past we need to recognize that God gave us that past in order to prepare us for the future. Andy Stanley talks about how our unique backgrounds can even be a benefit in helping us to make decisions. He suggests that we should always ask ourselves:

“…In light of my past experiences, my current circumstances, and my future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing for me to do?”

Isn’t that a fun way to look at each decision and challenge we face? By aligning our unique design with God’s will and His work, we can continue to embrace a life of being transformed in order to more clearly reflect Christ. As Ken Eriks says,

“God loves you just the way you are, and God loves you far too much to leave you that way.”

What are you going to forget?

What goal are you pressing toward?

What has God built you to do?

This article was originally written for the eNewsletter called “Sunday’s Comin'” from Fellowship Reformed Church, Holland, MI