What I learned at the 2013 Chick-fil-A Leadercast

Chick-fil-A LeadercastIf you are not familiar with the Chick-fil-A Leadercast, it is a one-day event held annually in Atlanta, GA. This year, the event was broadcast live to 120,000 people in 750 locations worldwide. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this event in Ft. Myers, FL., and I have tried to capture the highlights of each presentation below.

Andy Stanley Andy is a communicator, author, pastor, and the founder of North Point Ministries. His books include The Next Generation LeaderVisioneeringEnemies of the Heart, and The Principle of the Path.

The key takeaway from Andy’s presentation was that leaders should always ask three questions to gain clarity:

  1. What are we doing? This is your mission statement boiled down to one sentence.
  2. Why are we doing it? This is the why that Simon Sinek talks about in his book, Start With Why.
  3. Where do I fit in? In light of what I’m doing and why, what is my critical role? What is the one thing that if I do it well everything else will fall into place.

 David Allen David Allen is the international best-selling author of Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free ProductivityReady for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life; and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life. He is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity.

David provided three keys to being more productive:

  1. Key #1 – Capture everything that you are thinking – write it down and get it out of your head (this takes 1-6 hours).
  2. Key #2 – Make your outcome and/or action decisions when you write an item down.
  3. Key #3 You need to have the right maps.

Dr. Henry Cloud Dr. Henry Cloud is a leadership consultant and coach who brings a unique perspective to his speaking and writing. His background as a clinical psychologist and business consultant bridges the gap between what a business needs and what leaders have to do to get results.

Dr Cloud discussed the need for leaders to do effective pruning for three reasons:

  1. There are just too many buds
  2. Some buds are sick and won’t get well
  3. Some buds are dead and in the way

John C. Maxwell John Maxwell is an internationally renowned leadership expert, coach, and author who has sold over 20 million books. Dr. Maxwell founded EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders in 153 countries. 

John offered four key points to simply lead:

  1. Add value to people every day!
  2. Subtract your leadership land mines – weaknesses
  3. Multiply your strengths – focus on what you are good at
  4. Minimize your weaknesses – delegate

Coach Mike Krzyzewski Head men’s basketball coach, Duke University and Team USA. Affectionately known as “Coach K,” he coached both the 2008 and 2012 U.S. men’s national teams to back-to-back gold medals in the Olympics. 

Coach Krzyzewski offered four key points for success:

  1. Create a culture of success
  2. Put people in a position to succeed
  3. Learn to communicate
  4. Always tell the truth

Jack Welch  Jack Welch is former Chairman and CEO of General Electric. In 2001, he wrote his #1 New York Times and also international best-selling autobiography, Jack: Straight from the Gut.

Jack offered advice on how to deal with the four type of employees:

  1. Good behaviors and good performance – onward and upward
  2. Bad behaviors and bad performance – out the door
  3. Good behaviors and bad performance – give them a chance
  4. Good performance and bad behavior – ruin your culture – out the door

LCDR Rorke Denver Rorke is a Navy SEAL and star of the 2012 movie Act of Valor. His first book, Damn Few: Making the Modern Warrior, is available on Amazon here.

The key take-a-way from Rorke’s presentation was that Great leaders lead by example and they set the standards.

I enjoyed this year’s Leadercast and plan to attend again next year. If you are interested in attending next year, tickets are on sale now for the May 9, 2014 event.

If you attended the Chick-fil-A Leadercast, Comment below and tell us what you learned.

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