Saturday, August 11, 2007


This past week I attended a video venue for the Leadership Summit. The Leadership Summit is a two and one-half day event of intense leadership lectures and interviews. Some of the presenters were Bill Hybels, Marcus Buckingham, Michael Porter, and John Ortberg; two interviews were conducted with Carly Fiorina and Colin Powell.

There was so much information I just hope that when challenges squeeze me some of what I absorbed will be wrung out. In an attempt to hold onto some of what I learned I will share a few nuggets I wrote down. Take them for what they are worth. Apply them where you might. Enjoy as you can.

A leader’s greatest fear is not what happens to them, but what can happen in them

Courage is not always enough

Strong leaders submitted to no one are trouble

Plans don’t accomplish work, charts don’t accomplish work only people get things done

Reward your best performers, get rid of your poor performers

Be prepared to disappoint people

Trust the element of instinct

Charity is hard. It is difficult to be good, at doing good

People are not our greatest assets; people’s strengths are our greatest assets

As you grow you become more of who you already are

You grow most in your areas of greatest strength

A great team member volunteers his or her strengths for the betterment of the team

Management produces acceptable results within existing parameters

Leadership is getting people to move in a new direction

When we are outside our comfort zone we really learn. If we only work inside our comfort zones we simply are practicing skills.

There is a gift in everything if only we will see it.

Vision is the painting of a picture that produces passion in people.

Vision is the most powerful tool in the arsenal of a leader.

People don’t have to have their way, they just need to have their way considered!

I wrap up with this statement by Anais Nin: “And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud became greater than the risk it took to blossom.”

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