Catalyst Atlanta 2016 – Notes & Top Leadership Quotes

Notes and summary of the top leadership quotes from the Catalyst Atlanta 2016 conference.

Catalyst Conference 2016Each year, thousands of young adults gather in Atlanta for Catalyst, a conference for up-and-coming leaders.

I was pleased to have to opportunity to live blog this year’s conference. Below is a summary of the quotes and notes I took during each session.

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DAY TWO – FRIDAY – CATALYST ATLANTA 2016

SESSION 9 – CLOSING SESSION 

ANDY STANLEY

Organizational health always results in sustained impact. This is not the case with platform leaders. – @AndyStanley

Healthy people are attracted to healthy organizations. – @AndyStanley

In a healthy organization every person should feel they have a critical role. – @AndyStanley

You begin becoming a great leader right now, where you are. – @AndyStanley

Everybody knows what they are doing, do they know what you are doing? – @AndyStanley

andy-stanley-catalsytatlIf “me” isn’t connected to “we”, there will be sideways energy and we will lose focus – @AndyStanley

When everyone knows what we are doing, most decisions are premade. – @AndyStanley

The only way to know who the good decision-makers are in your organization, is to let other people make decisions. – @AndyStanley

If the “what” is fuzzy, you will be called to make decisions you shouldn’t have to. – @AndyStanley

The process of answering questions is more important that the product. – @AndyStanley

(At our church) you can belong before you believe. – @AndyStanley

Everybody lives forever somewhere. – @AndyStanley

Answer the questions “what” and “why” and “where do I fit in?”. – @AndyStanley

Following Jesus will make you better and make you better at life. – @AndyStanley

Memorable is portable. – @AndyStanley

How does what I do contribute to what WE do? Each team member needs to know this. This is the responsibility you carry, not the job you do. – @AndyStanley

Develop a one sentence responsibility descriptions for you direct reports. ‘If all else fails, here is the one thing I will hold you responsible for.’ – @AndyStanley

Everyone who works for you should know what you think they are responsible for. – @AndyStanley 


SESSION 8 -FRIDAY AFTERNOON

LET’S TALK ABOUT MONEY

RACHEL CRUZ

Rachel Cruze is a personal finance specialist and the daughter of Dave Ramsey.

rachel-cruze-catalyst-atlQuit the comparisons. Don’t let the way others live affect how we live our lives and spend our money. – @RachelCruze

If we quite comparing ourselves to others, we can cheer for them and support them.@RachelCruze

Gratitude leads to contentment. Have a running gratitude list. – @RachelCruze

When we have debt it’s difficult to be generous. – @RachelCruze

Where there is no margin there is no ministry. – @RachelCruze

What could the people of God do for God if we didn’t have debt? – @RachelCruze

Talk about money and money issues… to your spouse, to your kids. – @RachelCruze

What’s the legacy you are going to pass? Debt or financial freedom? – @RachelCruz


SESSION 8 PART TWO

SIMON SINEK

Simon Sinek is a noted author and thought leader.

In my job I talk about trust and cooperation. There should be no call for this kind of work. – @SimonSinek

Leadership is not about being in charge, but about those in your charge. – @SimonSinek

Giving money is not a sacrifice. You can make more. Sacrifice is something you will never get back. – SimonSinek

Leadership means you give away all the credit and accept all of the blame. – @SimonSinek

You don’t a job you love. You fight everyday to stay in love with it. – @SimonSinek

We all can be leaders. But not very one wants to nor should they. Leadership is about sacrifice. – @SimonSinek

Empathy means considering the human being, not just their performance. – @SimonSinek

simon-sinek-catalyst-atlTake care of the people (employees) and they will take care of the customer. – @SimonSinek

Leaders can look for employees doing something right… or employees doing something wrong. – @SimonSinek

Are you obsessed with beating the competition or with your mission? – @SimonSinek

“My door is always open” assumes employees are willing to walk through it. – @SimonSinek

At dinner there should be zero phones on the table. It’s the only way to make the people you’re eating with feel valued. – @SimonSinek

Our current work environment is filled with the hangovers from the bad ideas of the 80s and 90s. – @SimonSinek

When you destroy the human spirit you destroy your company. – @SimonSinek

Show young employees to enjoy the work journey and they’ll give you 20-30 happy years. – @SimonSinek

Let us error on the side of empathy. – @SimonSinek

Other people will serve you the way you serve them. – @SimonSinek

The goal isn’t to always win but to outlast. – @SimonSinek

We have an entire section in the book store about Self Help. There is no section called ‘Help Others’. – @SimonSine

Practiced empathy results in a changed spirit. – @SimonSinek

SESSION 6 – FRIDAY MORNING

HONOR HISTORY, BUT DON’T BE BOUND BY IT

BRIAN HOUSTON

Brian is co-founder of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia

brian-houston-catalyst-atlSuccess: If I can live my life that sets up a platform that enables the next generation to win.- @BrianCHouston

I get so inspired when I see young people start to flourish. – @BrianCHouston

The hope of the church is not in the past, but in the future. @BrianCHouston

We should listen to the fathers. Every church needs some silver hair. But we need to keep taking things forward. And I’m 62. – @BrianCHouston

We hold on (to our position) because we are fearful. But we don’t have to (be fearful) if we keep looking up. @BrianCHouston

A lot people like safe, comfortable and in control. (But this is not the life Jesus & the disciples lived.) @BrianCHouston

The predictable is not where the answer is. – @BrianCHouston

Predictability is what keeps the church from moving forward. – @BrianCHouston

When it comes to loyality and credibility, predictability is your friend. – @BrianCHouston

Dogma, in a way separates, is not the way forward. – @BrianCHouston

There are times when predictability is the enemy. Like spontaneity. Spontaneity is our friend in the church. – @BrianCHouston

I’d rather be an artist than an art critic. I’d rather be a church builder than a church critic. – BrianCHouston

Creativity is about what’s not yet done. – @BrianCHouston

You never get influence from doing things the way they have always been done. – @BrianCHouston

The devil doesn’t worry about big churches. He worries about creative churches. – @BrianCHouston

Text books are built on what is already known – @BrianCHoustonBooks should be our servant not our master. – @BrianCHouston

Experience is overrated. (It focuses )on what has already been done. @BrianCHouston

The smaller family you come from, the more important it is to expand your world view.- @BrianCHouston

My advice to young people is to stand out. Don’t just be the same… be the same… be the same. – @BrianCHouston

Our heritage should be our servant, not our master. – @BrianCHouston

We live in a world where there are so many people we can learn from. But we can get down in predictability and doing things the same way. – @BrianCHouston

I want to honor history but I don’t want to be bound by history. – @BrianCHouston

You are alive at a great time. @BrianCHouston

Worship unifies. – @BrianCHouston

God has called you to make history, not just study history. – @BrianCHouston

You can live a life that defies history. – @BrianCHouston

DAY ONE – THURSDAY – CATALYST ATLANTA 2016

THURSDAY NIGHT – SESSION 5

judah-smith-andy-stanley-catalyst-atlJesus wasn’t excluding the Pharisees, he was simply including people that weren’t normally included. – @judahsmith

The number one characteristic of following Jesus is compassion. – @judahsmith
SESSION 4 – THURSDAY AFTERNOON

Travis Boersma (@YoDutchBros) is head of Dutch Brothers Coffee. The company culture reflects “Uncommon Fellowship”

Know your specific outcome, ask if it is working, change it until it does (work). – @YoDutchBros

Focused intensity, multiplied over time by God, equals success. – Dave Ramsey via @YoDutchBros

Love all. Serve all. (Core values of Dutch Brothers Coffee) – @YoDutchBros

dscf1596We are in the relationship business and the product is love. Customers come for the coffee and come back for the people. – @YoDutchBros

You never get a second chance to make a great first impression. – @YoDutchBros

Mentoring is “walk with me, hang with me, learn through real life experience.’ – @YoDutchBros

The better quality of questions you ask, the better quality of life you can lead. @YoDutchBros

A lot of people are taught to say NO. Our company culture is to say YES. – @YoDutchBros

Focus on being the best version of yourself. Ask, “How close am I?” – @YoDutchBros

True happiness lies in striving for you full potential. – @YoDutchBros

(I want) my cup to be so full that I’m spilling into others. – @YoDutchBros

SESSION 4 PART 2 – FATHER EDWIN LEAHY

LIVING OUT UNCOMMON COMMUNITY

Father Edwin Leahy is headmaster St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ. He has appeared on 60 Minutes to share how his school serves a changing and diverse neighborhood.

dscf1623The best part of being a monk is that we fall down, we get up. We fall down, we get up. – @FrEdwinLeahy

Adults should not do anything for kids that kids are capable of doing for themselves. – @FrEdwinLeahy

They ask me, “When will I retire.” I say, “Tonight at 9pm.” – @FrEdwinLeahy (on not hanging it up too soon).

CRITICISM: ‘You run Catholic schools for kids who aren’t Catholic.’ Father Leahy, “Yea, that’s why we do it!” – @FrEdwinLeahy

Give up what YOU WANT for what WE NEED. – @FrEdwinLeah

Keep death before your eyes every day because it changes how you live. – @FrEdwinLeah

AFTERNOON SESSION THREE

CRAIG GROESCHEL

UNCOMMON UNITY

Craig Groeschel is pastor of Life Church in Oklahoma City with 25 campuses.

I wonder how often it grieves the heart of God that we as Christians take shots at each other. – @CraigGroeschel

We have one enemy – Satan. Other believers are not the enemy. – @CraigGroeschel

We desperately need each other. I don’t care how awesome your church is, you cannot do it alone. – @CraigGroeschel

Unity is not uniformity. We have strength in our diversity. – @CraigGroeschel

God’s people should lead the way with irrational generosity.

If we all look alike and act alike we can only reach the same people. – @CraigGroeschel

Every single one of us needs the rest of us. @CraigGroeschel

Error on the side of being for other Jesus followers, no against. @CraigGroeschel

Believe the best of other Jesus followers rather than the worst. – @CraigGroeschel

Build on what you are for, not on what you are against. – @CraigGroeschel

dscf1478It could be that if God is not blessing us, it’s because we don’t have the right stance towards others.

We give everything we can to strengthen others. What do I have that God can use? – @CraigGroeschel – @CraigGroeschel

We can do infinitely more together than we can apart. – @CraigGroeschel

Take what you have, make it available to God’s people… and watch unity develop. – @CraigGroeschel

We error on the side of being for and not against. – @CraigGroeschel

We love like Jesus loved. – @CraigGroeschel

Our mission is too important. Our time is to short to take shots at each other. @CraigGroeschel

Our world is sick of HEARING about the love of Jesus. They want to SEE the love of Jesus. – @CraigGroeschel

We can do a little in a lot of places. We can do a lot in one place. – @CraigGroeschel

BRANDON & JEN HATMAKER

INTERVIEWED BY TYLER REAGIN

APPLYING “UNCOMMON FELLOWSHIP”

There’s a difference between being authentic and being vulnerable. – @TylerReagin

It was so fun. I never want to do it again. (On renovating a house.) – @JenHatmake

Let’s re-engage. Let’s get to know our street. – @JenHatmaker

We decided to treat neighbors like people, not projects. – @JenHatmaker

ball-catalyst-atlIt’s easier and neater to hide behind theology (than to engage people). – @JenHatmaker

We (Christians) are so set apart that we have no voice anymore. – @JenHatmaker

(We should) spend less time defending our rights and more time lifting up Jesus. – @JenHatmaker

I need to love mercy for THEM as much as I love mercy for MYSELF. – @JenHatmaker

Getting out there changes you. Some things you just have to feel. – @BrandonHatmaker

Go be a friend. Ask more about them than talking about you. – @BrandonHatmaker

We earn a hearing with people over time. – @JenHatmaker

If we are strategic about being a good friend, the Gospel will naturally go there. – @BrandonHatmaker

We (Christians) are so incredibly polarized over minor issues. We need to find what we are unified in. Be Bridge-builders and peacemakers. – @BrandonHatmaker



MIKE FOSTER

SEE PEOPLE DIFFERENTLY

THURSDAY SESSION TWO

Mike Foster heads People of the Second Chance, which helps people recover from serious challenges and find Jesus.

worship-catalyst-atlI’ll call nobodies and make them somebodies; I’ll call the unloved and make them beloved. – Romans 9:25

We are not defined by our brokenness. We are defined by God’s radical love.

Let Him love you in your worst moments. That is the path to freedom..

We look at people’s strengths and gifts. We don’t look at their brokenness.

People should not (suffer) alone. Our church pews should be ‘friendship benches’ (so nobody has to be alone.)

I want to be a grace flavored snow cone on a hot judgmental day.

Call people out on their belovedness and remind them of who they are.

What if we started throwing parties for people who really need a party?

ANDY STANLEY

OPENING SESSION

Andy’s main point: Early Christian fellowship included all kinds of diverse people. Unity of believers is a testimony to the world that Jesus is God.

andy-stanley-catalsytatlUncommon Fellowship: Head-turning, jaw-dropping, never-would’ve-seen-those-people-together association.

People who were nothing like Jesus liked Jesus and Jesus liked them back

If they don’t get the oneness thing right, the world will miss Me. (Unity among Christian is testimony that Jesus is God.)

Disunity disrupts the mission.

Unselfish love fuels uncommon fellowship.

Mutual submission is the most powerful relational dynamic in the world.

Everybody wants to be in a community where there is care for one another.

Uncommon is uncomfortable.

Oneness must win the day. (Unity is preeminent.)

Immorality in the church disrupts unity.

Will we place unity above our particular viewhttp://briandoddonleadership.com/2016/10/06/catalyst-16-23-leadership-quotes-from-andy-stanley/?platform=hootsuite of Christianity?

Jesus gave His life so that we could experience the most uncommon fellowship of all… fellowship with the Father.

If your theology separates you from sinners like you, you may have some work to do.

We can’t all be right. But we can all be one. Jesus did not pray for our rightness. He prayed for our oneness.

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LAB DAY – WEDNESDAY – CATALYST ATLANTA 2016 NOTES

BUILDING GREAT TEAMS

TYLER REAGIN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CATALYST

NOTES

Great teams have the following traits:

#1. The mission is more important than me. Mike Collins flew on the Apollo mission that first put two people on the moon. He stayed in orbit around the moon to support those walking on the surface. He put mission above himself. Help people see how what they do contributes to mission… something bigger than themselves.

A. Start with “why.” Keep the “why we do what we do” out front year after year. Without a target, no sport makes sense.

B. Reliance on each other. Relinquish control to rely on others.

C. Peer accountability. Everyone expects the boss to hold you accountable . . . but everyone needs peer accountability. Peer input can carry more influence. If you are the boss, give employees the permission to call you out if you do things differently from what we have agreed to.

#2. Choose to trust: When there is a gap in information, we can either choose to trust or to get suspicious. Great teams choose to trust until all the information is known.  Choosing to trust creates a better option than getting mad.  Trust is foundational to great teams . (5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni.

#3. Clear lines of communication. If there is no gap in information, there is no need to choose between trust and suspicion. Create clear vision and communicate it well. Systems of communication are your friends.

#4. Strong teams have game changing cultures. These cultures are fun, they serve and they create belonging. Some ideas for team fun: Have a ten minute relay race in the office. Go get ice cream. Get a ping pong table. Play corn hole. Get a message chair.

#5. Work-Life Balance. Have good boundaries. Guardrails are there to keep you on the road.

#6. Unified teams embrace conflict. Leadership is what we allow to happen within the team. Understand the person you are dealing with and embrace the conflict in a constructive wa they understand.

#7. Healthy teams prune. They cut, they change, they evaluate. Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud is an excellent resource.

Call to action: Pick one of these six and improve it in the next week.

QUOTES:

tyler-reagin-catalyst-atlThere is a confidence in calling that is not arrogance.

Culture does not produce immediate ROI (return on investment). – Developing organizational culture is a long term process.

Reputation equals influence.

Without a target, no sport makes sense.

The boundary of a landscape is not the limiting factor for a creative. Lack of vision is

Right Path is a great self assessment tool for team building.

The #1 deathbed regret: “I was never myself.” Be who you uniquely are, not an imitation of someone else.

Leadership isn’t just what we DO, but what we ALLOW to happen on the team.

Give responsibility AND authority to build trust with people.

LAB SESSSION – INSIGHTS FROM THE EMERGING GENERATION

BRAD LOMENICK

AUTHOR & PAST HEAD OF CATAYST

brad-lomenick-catalyst-atlGive your emerging leaders freedom to pursue projects. It’s now a free agent marketplace.

Engagement is what should be measured.

Meetings give us a sense that we are doing something. Don’t meet. Just go do something instead.

There is a power shift towards the niche.

Coach young leaders. Don’t manage them.

(Young leaders) are more attracted to intimate gatherings than big events.

Young leaders won’t wait for hierarchy to move out of the way. They will start something anyway.

We lead like we were lead. (Understand this a leave room for change.)

We used to feel a 10 year generation gap. It’s now a 4 yer generation gap.

The higher we go as a leader,the more we tend to fake it.

The best assimilation strategy is simply to ask “What’s your name?” or “How can I help you?”

The greatest felt need of the emerging generation is the question of “why?”

Young people want their leaders to aggregate, curate and coach.

LAB DAY OPENING SESSION

SHOW UP AND HAVE EMPATHY

REGGIE JOINER

FOUNDER AND CEO OF ORANGE

When you open the door to Jesus, you open the door to wherever He takes you.

Empathy doesn’t water down the truth, empty amplifies the truth.

Press pause long enough to understand what is really going on.

To have empathy: pause to imagine and interact.

reggie-joiner-catalyst-atlIf you want to have influence as a leader, you have to change how you think about people. Have empathy.

3 ways to have influence: power, authority or because you earned it.

If you want yo have influence as a leader, you have to change how you think about influence.

When you establish a habit of showing up for others, it may change you more than it does them.

Your best chance to have influence in someone’s life is to actually show up.

All of you are (where you are today) because someone showed up for you. Uncommon people showed up in your life at the right time.

Before you can influence someone they need to know they matter to you.

If your theology isn’t changing the way you treat people, it’s not good theology.

Maybe before we tell people how to build a church, we should build one ourselves.

Before you can influence someone they need to know they matter to you.

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Top 10 Leadership Quotes From Catalyst West 2014

The Catalyst West conference is a training experience for the next generation of leaders. It was held in Southern California during the first week of April. Here are my top 10 leadership quotes from the conference (taken from #Catalyst on Twitter):

10. “Biggest obstacle to learning is thinking you already know.” – @mikeerre (via @RobJacobs_)

9. “Be the leader you wish you had.” – @simonsinek (via @dccowan)

8. “Innovation is the clarity to see a problem and the skill to design a solution to that problem.” – @charlestlee (via @pdaarnold)

7. “Anchor your story in hope — not hurt or hype — but HOPE.” ~ @MikeFoster (via @ansonsexton)

6. “To keep talented people engaged, focus discussions of culture and innovation, less on growth and values.” – Charles Lee (via @stustreeter)

5. “Create a safe environment for disagreement.” – @trippcrosby (via @hinscheman)

4. “You can be comfortable OR courageous, but you can’t be both.” – @MikeFoster (via @RobJacobs_)

3. “If everything is important, nothing is.” – @DrHenryCloud (via @chuck_franklin)

2. “Stop telling people how far they have left to go. Instead tell them how far they’ve come.” – @bobgoff (via @ToddAdkins)

1. “The only way to lead a symphony is to turn your back to the crowd and the critics.” – @annvoskamp (via @LindseyNobles)

PLUS 8 BONUS QUOTES

8. “Talking about your idea can trick you into thinking you are doing it.” – @charlestlee (via @toddadkins)

7. “Leadership is not about what you do or what you know, it’s leading out of who you are.” – @DailyFrancis (via @toddadkins)

6. “There’s no short cut to quality.” – @charlestlee (via @catbackstage)

5. “#1. Think big. #2. Start small. #3. Keep moving.” – @charlestlee (via @ksc)

4. “A gift can destroy a leader if their character has not yet developed before they were launched into the spotlight.” – @christinecaine (via haleyveturis)

3. “A poor leader yells. A leader tells. A good leader listens. A Servant Leader understands.” – #Catalyst (via @robjacobs)

2. “Many of us are missing what God already has in front of us because we are looking for the next big thing.” – @ChristineCaine (via @haleyveturis)

1, “Comparison is cancer to contentment.” – #Catalyst (via @joshshipp)

What are your favorite quotes? Leave a message below.