Global Leadership Summit (part 2)

Here are some more nuggets from the Global Leadership Summit:

  • Silence your body to listen to your words.  Silence your tongue to listen to your thoughts.  Silence your thoughts to listen to your heart beating.  Silence your heart to listen to your spirit.  Silence your spirit to listen to His Spirit.”  -Mama Maggie Gobran (the “Mother Theresa” of Cairo)
  • Jeremiah was torn between his calling and his ache for success (I want to be faithful to God in this and successful in this, too) –Bill Hybels
  • In one part of Jeremiah, the prophet is asked by God to demonstrate an object lesson.  He asks Jeremiah to go buy a clay jar.  Then to smash the jar on the ground, illustrating to the people that God is going to allow them to be smashed if they don’t repent and change their ways. Jeremiah is probably thinking, “if I smash this jar saying that God is going to smash them, then they are going to smash me.”  “Yeah, probably” says God. But Jeremiah did what God asks him to do—and he was beat to within an inch of his life. Would he do It again?….  Would we?  -Bill Hybels
  • Humility is “the noble choice to forgo your status and use your influence for the good of others before yourself.”  -John Dickson
  • Humility is not just another leadership technique.  It is a reflection of the deepest structure of reality.  It is at the center of everything, and at that center is the cross.  The life shaped by the cross is the life touched by reality. –John Dickson
  • Humility is common sense: expertise in one area counts for nothing in another area.  It reminds me how much I don’t know about other fields if I know how much I know about my own area.
  • We are more attracted to the great and humble than to the great who know they’re great and want us to know it, too. It’s not always been so…Our research found that a humility revolution took place in the first century, stemming from a little place called Nazareth. We found it was Jesus’ crucifixion that changed how ancient people thought about humility. Crucifixion was the lowest possible ending to life. “So did Jesus’ death mean he wasn’t as great as we thought he was?” No, they decided, and they redefined greatness, through humility. Western culture has been profoundly shaped by the cross of Christ. Our culture is profoundly cruciform. At the cross greatness and humility come as one.  “If the greatest man we have ever known willingly sacrificed his life on a cross, the innocent for the guilty, then greatness must consist in willing sacrifice in holding power for the good of others.”  “That greatness is connected with humility.” -John Dickson
  • Humility is generative.  It generates new knowledge and new abilities. The scientific revolution is reflective of this—you can’t just observe something and describe it.  You have to observe it, test it, test it again, and then have others scrutinize your work. -John Dickson
  • We admire leaders who are unapproachable, but we don’t emulate them (because they seem so foreign, we can’t touch them).  Make it a mission to become leaders who are approachable, so that people will want to aspire to be like us, to emulate us. 
  • The four tools of leadership are: ability, authority, character, and persuasion.  You can have truckloads of ability, character, and persuasion.  This is enough.  You can have real impact with character, persuasion, and ability.  You don’t need to have the keys to the kingdom to impact the kingdom.  You don’t need a majority to impact a nation (think of China).  You don’t need to reclaim a Christian nation to bring a nation to Christ (think of America) –John Dickson
  • Tells the story of meeting the band of U2 one day as teenagers and then inviting them to eat with them, “On that day they just showed us the briefest of humility—we didn’t just admire them, we aspired to be like them.” –John Dickson
  • What I am telling you is nothing new, nothing “wow!”  But, people need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.” –Patrick Lencioni
  • Let’s just be naked and honest with our people. –Patrick Lencioni
  • The Webster definition of vulnerability: “liable to increased penalties but entitled to increased bonuses”
  • People are hungry for those who will tell them the kind truth. –Patrick Lencioni
  • “My job is not to look smart, but to make them better.” -Patrick Lencioni (as a consultant and leader)
  • “If you’re just caring about your image, they don’t trust you.”
  • We have been told, “don’t let them see you sweat.”  However, they see you sweating long before you even realize it, so you might as well as acknowledge it.
  • Show people you are willing to do what you’re asking them to do.  “Do the dirty work.”  Get down in the mud with them like your real estate lady who is doing your gardening to get your house ready for potential buyers.
  •  We can get excellent teaching and training and staff, but only God can make it rain. –Steven Furtick (31 years old, pastor of an 8000-member church, grew from five families in five years)
  •  Having good ideas does not make you a visionary, but a daydreamer.  The difference between the two is action. -Steven Furtick
  •  Dig some ditches. (2 Kings 3:9-20) (even though you can’t see any rain)—similar to Noah’s ark
  • Faith believes it before it can see it—don’t just wait for the blessings to start doing something
  •  “this is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord” (vs.18)  Don’t let your vision be too small or it might insult God. -Steven Furtick
  •  True faith has a little bit of ambiguity.  There is just enough to take the next step. -Steven Furtick
  •  “We are comparing our “behind the scenes” with their highlight reels.” -Steven Furtick
  •  If you will dig the ditches, God will bring the rain.
  •  “We, the Church, need to become cultivators of human potential and narrators of the human story…We need a revival of storytelling.  Whoever tells the best story wins the culture.” (Erwin McManus)  The Church must tell the Story better and be excellent

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