Bill Hybels: Who do you owe the most for calling leadership out of you in your younger years? Who gave you responsibilities past what you were capable of? They kept saying, “you can handle this.” They saw potential in us before anyone else did.
Fredrik Haren: We are never closer to God than when we have a good idea. This is how we co-create with God.
Andy Stanley: The next generation product and idea almost never comes from the previous generation.
When is the last time you weren’t sure about an initiative but gave the go ahead anyway?
Replace with How? with Wow! As soon as we say, “How?” the creativity dies. Wow keeps us talking and dreaming. WOW ideas to life, don’t HOW them to death. We fuel innovation or we shut it down by our response to new, untried, expensive, unorthodox ideas.
Laszlo Bock: Give your people more freedom than you’re comfortable with.
- Drive — can become overdrive
- Excellence — can become perfection
- Information — can become information overload
- Activity — can become a frenzy
- Is there anything I can let go of? (drive)
- Where is “good enough” good enough? (excellence)
- What do I truly need to know? (information)
- What deserves my attention? (activity)
Sam Adeyemi: We get to give people new beliefs about themselves, about what they have and what they can do.
Whatever people see and hear consistently over time will enter their hearts and put their lives on autopilot.
“The big crowd is not here because I am special. They are here because they are special, that’s why I am here.”
I must model the transformation I’m talking about. They must see me transformed.
Gary Haugen: All the best leadership training in the world can be rendered useless by fear.
Every day fear goes to work trying to destroy the dream.
We don’t usually know what scares us most deeply. It’s often not the obvious and respectable risks. He was actually more scared of looking like a failure to others. Once he exposed the real fear, then he could deal with it. I don’t want that fear to kill my dream. The dream won.
Relentlessly inventory your own fears — what am I really afraid of? Leaders become driven by their unexamined fears — the whole team are led by the leader’s insecurities & fears. Is God in a panic about how this dream is going to get worked out?