Mission: stretch your minds, grow your hearts, and develop your leadership.
Everyone wins when leaders get better. The stakes of leadership are sky high.
World is looking for leaders who will unite, not divide. Build up, not tear down. Put interests of others before self-interest. Make bold workable solutions instead of incessantly kicking the can down the street.
Highest value at the summit is humility. We have so much to learn about leadership. Armed with enough humility, leaders can learn from anyone. Younger from older, older from younger. Religious among us can learn from less religious and vice versa.
1. Bright Red Lenses - a fired up leader. A pulse racing leader. They understand the effect that unbridled passion has on everyone else. Leadership is moving people from here to there. Leadership is not presiding over something. It's not pontificating how smart you are. It's moving people. It's take people on a journey.
Moving people from here to there takes planning, prayer, but it most assuredly takes passion. It's like protein for the team.
A leader's passion is contagious.
How does a leader get passionate? Is there a pill? Does it take a personally transplant?
Passion is either derived from the mountaintops of a beautiful dream or the depths of a valley that is going terribly wrong.
Howard Schultz - Starbucks coffee "to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one person, one neighbourhood at a time"
A few years ago, I opened Summit with a talk called "A Holy Discontent". Something that so infuriates you that you have to get off the couch and do something. Popeye moment: "That's all I can stand, I can't stand it anymore!"
How filled is your passion bucket right now? Is it way up to the top? Or is it half filled? Or is it so low that your teammates have to poke you to see if you're still breathing? Your people don't care if your passion is coming from a beautiful dream or a holy discontent. They just want to feel the heat.
Whose job is it to fill you passion bucket? It's the leader's job to fill his/her own passion bucket. It's not your boards, your spouses, your teams job to fire you up.
How does a leader keep her/his passion bucket filled? This is where reflection time is warranted. We're all different. What must you do?
I read my passionate authors. I go to places that stir my soul.
2. Shattered Lenses - frames are cool but lenses are shattered. You would have a hard time seeing through them.
My people-honouring lenses were shattered. My dad's business was tough. My dad's way of protecting our family company was talk softly and carry a big stick. We never had a HR department. Our culture was spontaneous, primitive, low-thrill. There was no suggestion boxes and no one would have read them anyway. It was a performance, fear-based culture.
I had shattered lenses when it comes to people. Decades later, I hired a qualified leader to be our HR director. He tricked me into making our culture the most God-honouring culture that we could make it. Even if you start with shattered lenses you can grow and build a beautiful culture. It doesn't matter where you start.
An organization will only be as healthy as the top leader wants it to be. Where do you start? Hire a reputable outside agency to measure the health of your culture. You can make far more progress far faster than you think you can.
God only really treasures one thing in this vast cosmos: people.
Difference between religion and Christianity: Do and Done. Religion is all about the drills that people do to appease a god they know they've disappointed. And it doesn't work. It messes up a lot of people actually. Christianity is better spelled DONE. What Jesus Christ has done for you is the only thing that can make a difference. This business guy saw this sermon that he felt a transformation from head to toe. He decided to become a pastor. God whispers "I don't care if you become a pastor as long as your flock is the employees of the business you own." It changes how he leads his people.
What this world needs is more pastors of businesses, pastors of branches of the military, pastors of government-run agencies.
We are working on 'transactional noise'. Low frequency noise of discontent when they don't understand why decisions are made. It used to be water-cooler conversation. All that talk translates into transactional noise. We've been using a tool that we've never used before(Lominger's Leadership Compotencies).
3. Self-Adjusting Glasses - developed so that you can turn knobs and you can adjust until you see perfectly. They cost $38US.
Leaders have to get stuff done. They have to perform at high levels. Speed of the leader, speed of the team.
When it comes to maximizing team performance, you'll eventually set some goals and evaluate around those goals.
I challenge people to read 15 minutes a day. One guy stopped me and told me he had been working so hard on that goal that he got it down to 7.5 minutes. People want to know if we as senior leaders are proud of their progress. We've gone through seasons at Willow that we've become goal-aholics. We began to do church work in ways that I'm not proud of. We'd over adjust our leadership lenses and decide we wouldn't have any goals.
We've created a THRIVE team. They meet with each department, help set goals, then they evaluate. Each department gets one of three designations: thriving(you're taking new ground), healthy(you're maintaining ground), underperforming(losing ground).
It is cruel and unusual punishment to employ a person and never tell a person how they are doing. I never want six months to pass without every staff person knowing how they're doing and where they stand. Our staff love knowing where they are at.
Have some of you slipped into a goal-ism? Have some gone to another extreme?
4. Sunglasses with Rearview Mirror - Bicyclists like these because they can go really fast but they can still see what is behind them.
This is the legacy lense of leadership. Everyone leads one, but just the rich and famous. What kind of legacy will you leave? Prompted by the Holy Spirit, I drew an energy pie. Leadership is not fundamentally about time. It's about energy. It's where you invest your time. It's about energy. It's where you invest your energy. There aren't do-overs, but there are makeovers. Throughout history, God has specialized in helping people write new chapters in their lives. Are you good with how you would be remembered? Is it time for a new energy time chart? Leadership can become a legal drug that other parts of your life have a hard time competing with. If you're on that drug, why would you ever change a diaper? Why would you sit with the poor? Why would you ever sit with a prisoner?
We're far more than commerce machines. We're far more than cause machines. His idea is that we would flourish at work, flourish in our faith, in our family. God's idea was that we would flourish holistically. Do you like the legacy that you are leaving behind?
The repentant thief on the cross: his legacy that he got his last decision so right that it made up for previous decisions.
e.g. Chuck Colson: a heartless hatchet man for Nixon and ended up in prison. While in prison, he reflected on his legacy. He hated what he saw. In a moment of deep humility, he asked God to change his story. When people hear his name, they barely remember the old hatchet man Chuck. They remember the transformed Chuck. They remember Prison Fellowship. The narrative of that man's life changed in a single moment.
A single, humble prayer can change how your future will unfold and how your one and only life will be remembered. Leadership matters. The older I get, the more I realize it matters disproportionately.
You need to find your passion or you need to feed it. Life is too short to live with an empty passion bucket. Pursue your passion. God will unfold it to your if you ask.
How many of you have shattered-people lenses?
Self-adjusting lenses: Do people know where they stand? Are they floundering?
Your legacy. We're all leaving one behind. Make sure it's a God-honouring one. One your kids and grandkids will be proud of.