Friday, August 6, 2010

Leadership Summit Highlights

T. D. Jakes (senior pastor, Potters House, Dallas TX)

“When people are passionate about what they do, they are far more effective in what they do.”

“Leadership is transition. It’s not maintaining.”

“People follow people who move. People who take action. People who take risks.”

You want to make sure the vision doesn’t get “diluted or polluted”.

“People are passionate when you ask them to do something when it’s within their reach.”

“When God gives you people, He’s given you something he really cares about.”

“Passion is more than emotionalism. Passion is the fuel that makes the engine go.”

“If you only surround yourself with people who do what you do, they only compete with you but they don’t complete you.”

“When Jesus picked the 12 disciples, He didn’t pick one rabbi.”

“If you have 2 or 3 confidants in your lifetime, you are a blessed person.”

“Don’t try to hold people too tightly who are meant to come and go.”

“You need to keep at least one ear-cutter on the team.”

“Joshua was a fighter. He wasn’t a brief case carrier.”

“You don’t want to kill the fight. You want to direct them to the target.”

“You can’t be led by someone you can’t read well.”

“When my heart is overwhelmed, I go to the Rock that is higher than me.”

Dan Pink (author, Drive)

One of the problems that we have in our organizations is that we make the wrong assumptions about people.”

“One of the false assumptions is that people are machines.”

Another false assumption is that “human begins are blobs.”

“Our nature is to be active and engaged.”

People need: autonomy, mastery and purpose

“Management wasn’t delivered to us from God.”

“Management is a technology designed to get compliance.”

“We want engagement. Management doesn’t lead to engagement. Self-direction leads to engagement.”

“Give people autonomy over their time, team, task and technique. That leads to engagement.”

“Making progress is the single greatest motivator at work.”

“We want challenge.”

“Performance reviews are not authentic conversations.”

“I think we are seeing the limits of the profit motive. The profit-motive is a good thing, but it’s not the only thing.”

“The only way people will be enduringly motivated is if they’re animated by something bigger than themselves.”

“I’m convinced that anything good in life began with a conversation. That’s what changes the world.”

Andy Stanley (senior pastor, North Point Community Church, Atlanta GA)

“Every organization has problems that shouldn’t be solved and tensions that shouldn’t be resolved.”

“If you resolve some tensions, it’ll lead to other tensions.”

“Progress doesn’t depend on the resolution of tensions but on the management of those tensions.”

“If it’s a problem that keeps resurfacing, it’s a tension to be managed.”

“The role of leadership is to leverage the tension for the benefit of the organization.”

“Often times the right person doesn’t win the argument, but someone wins the argument.”

“Certain tensions are the key to progress.”

for leaders… “Continually give value to both sides, and don’t weigh in too heavily with your personal biases.”

“Always try to see the upside of the other side, and the downside of your side.”

“Don’t allow strong personalities to win the day.”

“Don’t think in terms of balance – think in terms of rhythm.

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