Willow Creek here we come…

In just under one week we are headed to the Willow Creek Arts Conference…

I am really excited and look forward to networking, learning a ton, and connecting more with some of the RCC Arts Directors…

If you are going to the WC Arts Conference… Post a reply and maybe we can do a meet and greet in the WC Lobby one day…

Have fun if you are going!!!

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Willow Creek Leadership Summit – Closing Thoughts

 

WOW!!!

I feel inspired…

I feel fired up…

I feel ready to go…

I feel challenged (in a good way)…

Every year the leaders from our church have to put together an action plan… I am going to work on this later today… I look forward to the coming weeks when I begin to implement some of my action plan into my ministries and life…

WC – Leadership Summit – Session 10 – Bill Hybels

 

INSPIRE ME!!!

Bill Hybels delivered on it… He inspired me… I am so fired up and ready to do what God wants me to do… I am so fired up and ready to see people get saved… I am so fired up and ready to see people’s lives changed forever…

I have some notes on this which I will post later but WOW!!!! I am so fired up…

Kirk Franklin did a great job on “Our God Is An Awesome God” and let me tell you He is!!!

WC – Leadership Summit – Session 9 – Jimmy Carter

Kirk Franklin opened us up with some praise and worship and just got our blood pumping… He has a ton of energy… He is however more of an entertainer than a singer… I noticed he doesn’t sing that much… Just a side note… The praise and worship was very good and just in time to get my spirit lifted and ready to hear all the good stuff of the day…

 

Jimmy Carter was the first session today… This was a great interview… I have never really heard Jimmy Carter speak but I have a true respect for the past president… He did a great job telling his story about his childhood, his days as governor, his days as president and what he is doing now…

I am very interested to get involved in Habitat for Humanity… I will seeking some information on that this week…

I will post any more thoughts later when I have my notes in front of me…

WC – Leadership Summit – Session 6 – Colin Powell

 

This is the one of the best sessions so far… Colin Powell brought a great perspective to leadership… He talked about his Powell Principle’s…

Here’s what I got:

Leadership is action oriented.

Leaders solve problems.

Promote a clash of ideas.

Create a noisy system.

Only people get things done.

Maintain an open door policy.

Probe the organization.

Reward your best performers, get rid of bad performers.

Be prepared to disappoint people.

Check your EGO at the DOOR.

Have fun in your command.

Fit no stereotypes.

Perpetual optisism is a multiplier.

Things always look better in the morning.

Avoid war if it all possible.

Trust the element of instinct.

Prepare to be lonely.

CLOSING THOUGHT BY COLIN: All of us have a debt of service.

I thought this session was really good… I have some thoughts on the next session I will post them later…

WC – Leadership Summit – Session 5 – Michael Porter

By the way we did get to watch the ending of Marcus Buckingham’s session from yesterday (Thanks Willow!!!)… I think that is still by far the best session…

This morning began with Erik (The Canadian Guitar Player), he played he guitar but not just any normal guitar… It was like a drum kit + guitar all in one… He did a great job…

The first sesssion this morning was Michael Porter… He is talking about planning out Community Programs… He has made some great points so far (he’s still talking right now)…

Here’s some quick thoughts:

Social Activities need to be EFFECTIVE!!!

Shift the Mindset.

Many organizations get involved in too many programs and get spread way too thin. Get involved in few programs and get very focused in those programs.

4 Questions Before Community Involvement
1. Have we defined goals?
2. What set of needs are we addressing?
3. What is our strategy?
4. How do we create alignment (ownership)?

Worthiness of the cause is not basis on which you pick cause, all causes are important.

Don’t re-invent the wheel… OUTSOURCE if there is someone better that can do it.

Don’t confuse strategy and goals (“I want to create 250 jobs” – That is a goal not a strategy)

Well this session was good… I am really looking forward to the next session with Colin Powell…

A morning review on my notes from Leadership Summit…

 

I woke up this morning and I have been thinking about yesterday’s sessions… I am very excited about getting to see the rest of Marcus Buckingham’s session this morning…

I am feeling more and more than God is preparing me for a renewed vision for my media and technology team… I look forward to working in the “Team Approach” on this vision very soon…

I also think I am going to get some of this “Go” books and get my Senior Leadership team to read it with me… I wanted to read this book earlier this summer but I like to read with others so I have people to discuss it with…

Let me know some of your next morning thoughts on the summit so far…