Top Takeaways from the 2016 World Leader’s Conference – Episode 1
This week I attended the World Leader’s Conference in West Palm Beach, FL. I was fortunate to hear and spend time with a terrific group of leaders and leadership gurus. From Tony Robbins to Ken Blanchard, Erwin McManus to John Maxwell, every minute was packed with powerful takeaways.
Ken Blanchard urged each of us to talk about and share what we learned, not let it gather dust once back in our busy lives. So, in my next three posts I’d like to share with you some of the nuggets I gleaned from this experience.
“When the world gets complicated, the ambitious get innovative through teams.” – Tim Sanders
Tim shared two myths of innovation; 1) Eureka! moments, and 2) The lone genius. In reality there’s no such thing, argued Sanders. “Toy Story was a thousand problems solved”, said John Lassiter, Chief Creative Officer at Pixar Animation Studios, about the process of creating the first ever fully computer-animated feature film. World class organizations are unique because they’ve cultivated a habit of collaboration across departments for game-changing results.
Key Takeaway: Focus on working together to solve a lot of problems. Fail and learn as fast as you can.
“Don’t confuse planning with preparation.” – Erwin McManus
People who elevate the room, rise above their circumstances, and lead others well spend a great deal of time preparing. They practice their craft, hone their skills, do whatever is under their control to be ready. People who are driven by fear spend a great deal of time planning, trying to remove all the risk in a world that is inherently unpredictable.
Key Takeaway: Accept the fear of the unknown and stop focusing on things you can’t control. Prepare for life by developing yourself and your team.
“The day you become a leader is the day you stop thinking of yourself first.” – John Maxwell
Before you were a leader you had the luxury of waking up and thinking first of yourself, your goals, your plans, your agenda. As a leader, the focus shifts to others. Does this mean you don’t take care of yourself? Absolutely not. What it means is that the purpose of leadership is to help others achieve goals.
Key Takeaway: If you are a leader, start each day by asking yourself how you will help others achieve goals.
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