Notes and summary of the top leadership quotes from the Catalyst Atlanta 2016 conference.
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.
DAY TWO – FRIDAY – CATALYST ATLANTA 2016
SESSION 9 – CLOSING SESSION
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
When everyone knows what we are doing, most decisions are pre–made. – @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 Cruze is a personal finance specialist and the daughter of Dave Ramsey.
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 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
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 is co-founder of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia
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
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
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.
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 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
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
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
SEE PEOPLE DIFFERENTLY
THURSDAY SESSION TWO
Mike Foster heads People of the Second Chance, which helps people recover from serious challenges and find Jesus.
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’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.
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
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CATALYST
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.
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
AUTHOR & PAST HEAD OF CATAYST
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
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.
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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