My Takeaways from the 2013 Chick-fil-A Leadercast

Last Friday, I had the privilege of hosting the Chick-fil-a Leadercast in Atlanta, Georgia. Approximately five thousand people attended the live event and another 115,000 people watched via satellite in 750 locations around the world.

Michael Hyatt Speaking at 2013 Chick-fil-a Leadercast

Me Introducing John Maxwell

My primary job at the conference was to listen to the speakers and summarize two or three takeaways from each for the audience. It was challenging but exhilarating.

Over the weekend, I reviewed my notes and selected one quote or concept from each speaker to share with you. These aren’t necessarily exact quotes; they are what I wrote down.

  • Andy Stanley, pastor of NorthPoint Church and bestselling author and communicator: Level five leaders don’t feel the need to be the smartest person in the room. They are willing to be the dumbest person.

  • David Allen, best-selling author of Getting Things Done and productivity expert: There is an inverse relationship between what is on your mind and getting it done. If it’s on your mind, get it out of your mind. Write it down, so you can focus on the task at hand.

  • Sanya Rochards-Ross, 2012 London Olympic gold medalist, track and field: Before the race, I imagine myself winning. During the race, I focus on executing what I imagined previously.

  • Henry Cloud, bestselling author and leadership consultant: Sometimes, the worst thing a leader can do is hope. If you are headed to the wrong destination, perseverance won’t help you. Instead, you need to create a “necessary ending.”

  • Coach Mike Krzyzewski, head men’s basketball coach, Duke University: Don’t focus on winning. Focus on creating a culture of success. This will lead to consistent winning.

  • John C. Maxwell, bestselling author and leadership expert: Divide your weaknesses by delegating them. A leader is like a quarterback. He doesn’t get paid to run the ball. He gets paid to put the ball into the right hands.

  • Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State (2005–2009): You have to be an optimist. Nobody wants to follow a sour puss.

  • Jack Welch, former Chairman and CEO of General Electric: You can give a thousand speeches, but nothing has a bigger impact than the personnel decisions you make. This includes who you hire, who you fire, and who you assign to your most important projects.

  • LCDR Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL and star of the 2012 movie Act of Valor: As leaders, your people are going to mimic your behavior. (SEALS are going to amplify your behavior.) “Calm is contagious.” So is panic. So is stupidity.

This year’s Leadercast was the best ever. In fact, I would say it was one of the top five events I have ever attended.

I hope you will consider attending next year, along with your team. Tickets are on sale now for the May 9, 2014 event. I promise you won’t be disappointed. It only gets better with each passing year.

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  • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

    I attended a local simulcast – the event was amazing, even on a large screen projector. The App for the event was also a great resource/tool.

    My take away was 13 full pages of notes, and a few plans : )

    Specifically, Andy Stanley inspired me to further examine and understand the purpose of my department, and its place in the organization.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I love hearing Andy speak. He is one of the clearest presenters ever. Glad you could attend!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      13 pages?! Wow. You need to take notes on your notes. ;)

      • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

        Now THAT is comedy MC!

      • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

        No kidding. I’d like to say I have large handwriting, or that I used wide rule paper, but, alas, I was scribbling down notes, thoughts, and ideas like a madman.

        • http://twitter.com/richardwestley Rich Johnson

          do you care to share your notes with us?

          • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

            I’ll be posting a recap and my thoughts on my blog shortly. Thanks for asking!

  • http://www.michaelnichols.org/about Michael Nichols

    This was my 4th year attending the Leadercast event. And I agree with you – it was the best content I’ve heard. Your role in the event enhanced the presentations and the day. This post is a great reminder as well. Thanks for all you do. Enjoy your week.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Michael. I appreciate your encouragement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amber.carterjohnsen Amber Carter-Johnsen

    Delegate your weaknesses…I think that was from John Maxwell. And I have to have a second…don’t multitask, put your focus on one thing at a time and you’ll accomplish more…David Allen.

    I also agree that it was the best ever. I got something great from each speaker! Now to process it and pit it into action.

    • http://www.jaysonfeltner.com/ Jayson Feltner

      I’m in the midst of improving myself in these two areas. It’s great to hear such great leaders speak of their importance.

  • http://www.irunurun.com/blog/ Travis Dommert

    Great job hosting this year Michael. The speakers and new venue made for a great event. More inspiring (and more comfortable) than ever!

    Loved the theme, too. Simply lead. All about simplifying, clarifying, focusing, inspring, communicating…fighting both the chaos and the resistance all in one.

    Seemed like a great theme for you to have been a main stage speaker. Does your emcee role prohibit that?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I just started reading Insanely Simple this morning. It is really great if you want to go deeper in this theme. Thanks, Travis.

      • http://www.irunurun.com/blog/ Travis Dommert

        Thanks Michael, appreciate the tip! Just put it on my reading list…along with Crazy Busy. I think the two are going to complement each other nicely. They reflect the problem and solution that underpins the whole purpose behind our business.

        People are fried. Survival is getting mistaken for success. There is nothing about “just keeping up” that connects with achieving one’s full potential. Breaking thru the noise requires consistently focusing on what matters most. i.e. keeping it SIMPLE. Cheers!

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          I just bought the Audible edition of Crazy Busy. It looks terrific!

  • Nick Rider

    “Growth creates complexity, which requires simplicity.” – Andy Stanley

    To maintain our focus, we should ask three questions. (1) What are we doing? (2) Why are we doing it? (3) Where do I fit it?

    It amazing how these seem like such obvious tests to keep on track. Great event this year!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I loved those three questions!

  • http://forthisisthetime.com/ Esther Aspling

    It looks like I should have attended in some way!

    I loved that last quote, “calm is contagious.” It’s so true, yet so easily forgotten! Thanks for posting these and giving a snippet of the conference :-)

    http://forthisisthetime.com/

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      My wife and daughters are great at this “calm is contagious” thing. They are maternal SEALS!

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        Yes. Yes, they are. :)

  • http://kenzimmermanjr.com/ Ken Zimmerman Jr.

    All the speakers talked about creating a culture and enabling the skills of others, which are some of the real keys to leadership. None of them spoke about doing it themselves. Leaders create an atmosphere, where people can excel.

    Thanks for sharing these words of wisdom.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      That’s a great point Ken – that effective leaders must cast a vision and then inspire others toward creating the reality of that vision. The best leaders realize that they can’t do it alone!

  • http://personalsuccesstoday.com/ John Richardson

    I wish they would put something together so that we could see highlights of some of the presentations after the fact. It seems like they are missing out on a great opportunity to connect with many people who were unable to attend.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m not sure I agree. I think that would give people a reason to take a pass instead of make the effort to be there. “It would be nice to go, but I can just get the summaries after the event.” Thanks.

      • http://personalsuccesstoday.com/ John Richardson

        While the Leadercast is a different model from TED, I think they could leverage it so that the content could continue to edify long after the event is over. Might be a subscription model or ad based. Just seems like they are missing a great opportunity to share the ideas/content with millions of people.

        • http://www.facebook.com/yourfarmer Michael Kilpatrick

          They have a subscription service that has a lot of resources. http://network.chick-fil-aleadercast.com/

          • http://www.facebook.com/neville.sarkari Neville Sarkari

            Thanks for pointing out the subscription service. Have you found that it provides you a useful tailored content?

          • http://personalsuccesstoday.com/ John Richardson

            I looked at that, but there wasn’t enough information to see what it included. A video and more info would be useful.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          You might be right, John. I will pass it along. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/enjoypeace Kendra Carter

    I attended the event in Edgewood, Maryland. I learned so much and began implementing the skills right away.
    If everything is important, nothing is important.
    Looking forward to next year’s event.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      That’s awesome Kendra – the real problem with so much great content at these types of meetings is that it can be difficult to know where to start. I love the fact that you dove right in and didn’t waste any time focusing on a theme – “If everything is important, nothing is important.” Great prioritization, I’m certain you’ll easily implement the most salient aspects from the meeting!

  • Jose Noy

    Simplicity

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      …is good ;-)

  • http://www.workyouenjoy.com/ Adam Rico

    It was an amazing event Michael. I attended the satellite location in Sacramento and I agree with you, it is one of the best events I’ve ever attended. I’m not missing next year.

    The speakers were absolutely amazing – I was soaking up everything like a sponge. I couldn’t type fast enough into the notes section the app. You did a fantastic job synthesizing the information and providing your take aways. (Not an easy job I imagine.)

    However, I absolutely loved Caine’s Arcade. That is such an inspiring story. I’ve shared it with my family because I think the message of unleashing our creativity is one we all need to be reminded of today in order to lead well.

    I’m still thinking about all I took away from that event and I’m smiling because it happened.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Awesome comment Adam – here’s a link to the story of Caine’s Arcade as background to those who didn’t attend and aren’t familiar with this amazing story: http://cainesarcade.com/

      • http://www.workyouenjoy.com/ Adam Rico

        Thanks Tor! If any of Michael’s reader’s haven’t seen the video it is well worth the investment of time.

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    I like Pastor Andy’s and Coach Mike’s synopses the best. Maybe someday I’ll go to a conference like this. Right now I’m busy leading my seven-year-old daughter as a single dad.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Bravo Dan! I think your focus on investing in your daughter dovetails seamlessly with Jack Welch’s point about the importance of our personal decisions. In my opinion, there is no personal decision that’s more important for a leader than investing in their families. We need to lead in the home before we can lead anywhere else….

  • http://www.timothyburns.com/ Timothy Burns

    I wasn’t able to attend, or be part of the simulcast. Are there any podcasts / recordings that are going to be available?

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      There are none that I’m aware of Timothy. I have no inside knowledge of the event itself, but I think that’s intentional – the organizers want to drive people to the event and the simulcasts to spur engagement and impact.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        I have sent an e-mail to see if I can get some more information. I’ll let you know if I do. Thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m not sure, Timothy. I am checking now. Thanks.

    • dave

      There’s a Leadercast network with content you can subscribe to for $10 a month or $100 a year. (http://network.chick-fil-aleadercast.com/)

      There’s an iPad app you can download (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chick-fil-a-leadercast/id632756316) that has some of the Leadercast network content available for free. The rest of the content requires a Leadercast subscription to access.

      Or, for $99 plus shipping you can buy the Leadercast leader’s kit resources. The kit is intended to include audio downloads of each session and 60 days of access to video recordings. The fine print says that session availability is subject to change, so there’s some possibility of them not including every session. (http://store.giantimpact.com/chick-fil-a-leadercast-2013-leader-kit/ )

    • http://www.facebook.com/BrookeTWright Brooke Wright

      You can purchase a “Leader Kit” on the website for $99. This includes 60 days streaming access to videos of each speaker from the event, audio downloads of each speaker’s keynote, a subscription to the online platform with past speaker content, and 3 speaker books.http://store.giantimpact.com/

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  • http://info.drillinginfo.com/wireline-blog/ James Hahn II

    I agree Michael. I attend a lot of events like this and this year’s Leadercast was a cut above. I was at a simulcast location in Irving, Texas and your team did an amazing job at making us feel like we were in the room – especially the video where you took control of our phones, so cool!

    But, I had so many takeaways that I decided to upload my notes to SlideShare. Enjoy!

    http://www.slideshare.net/jameshahnII1/chickfila-leadercast-notes

    • http://www.facebook.com/neville.sarkari Neville Sarkari

      Thanks for sharing your notes.

      • http://info.drillinginfo.com/wireline-blog/ James Hahn II

        Gladly Neville!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for sharing your SlideShare. Excellent!

      • http://info.drillinginfo.com/wireline-blog/ James Hahn II

        My pleasure Michael! Thanks again for a fantastic event!

  • http://www.buckleadership.wordpress.com/ Justin Buck

    Great takeaways, Michael! I especially like the thoughts on what is contagious. Calm, panic, stupidity…and anything else that is rewarded or modeled!

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Excellent point Justin – we can infect others with our behavioral pathogens for either good or ill….

      • http://www.buckleadership.wordpress.com/ Justin Buck

        As leaders, we encourage continued behavior with rewards– whether we’re rewarding people with increased responsibility/pay or rewarding poor performance with a reluctance to confront it. Likewise, if we’re modeling rich relationship and deep engagement with our work, our team will be infected with the desire for the same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.hart.338 Bill Hart

    Great lineup of thought leaders and summarization Mike!

  • http://www.jonstallings.com/ Jon Stallings

    “Calm is contagious.” So is panic. So is stupidity.” – That says a lot

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com/ Lincoln Parks

    I attended a simulcast at Eagles Landing Baptist Church in McDonough GA. This was absolutely amazing and my second event as last year was my first. I absolutely loved your summaries Michael because I wanted to see if how your summaries differed from mine.

    I would have to say Jack Welch hit home for me when he asked;

    Are you in your area of destiny?

    Then he said to have a Healthy dose of skepticism, but you must still go for it. All the speakers gave me tons of notes and action items. It was great to see you hosting and I can’t wait until next year. This time I will experience it live.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Awesome comment Lincoln – the annual event is almost a Masters Degree in living life to the fullest! The idea of living in our “area of destiny” carries a weight, gravitas and profundity that has the power to forces each of us to filter every thought, behavior, word and deed through that filter. Imagine if each of us lived that way ?!?

      • http://www.lincolnparks.com/ Lincoln Parks

        Absolutely Tor. That message alone of living in your destiny has sparked many ideas for me to begin working on. Sharing this information is critical for me. So I am going to do a brain dump on my blog and also share the info with others. Yes if we all lived that way it would be tremendous.

  • http://www.nathanmagnuson.com/ Nathan Magnuson

    Michael, these are terrific takeaways, in addition to the ones you shared at the event. My favorite speaker was Jack Welch and my favorite quote was by Coach K, “When you have trust, two is better than one because two does it as one.” Here are my takeaways: http://www.nathanmagnuson.com/12-takeaways-from-chick-fil-a-leadercast-2013/

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for sharing your takeaways, Nathan.

  • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

    This was a great summary Michael – thanks! The two concepts that resonate the most with me:

    1. Dividing our weaknesses – this is a profound insight I’ve never considered before;

    2. And Dr. Cloud’s idea of “necessary endings” – I’m halfway through his book by the same title which is exceptional!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That book was pivotal for me.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      That book was transformational for me. I’ll likely need to read it multiple times!

  • mtgosnell

    This my first experience at the live event. Spectacular! My two favorite take-aways were Andy Stanley’s “Complexity is the enemy of clarity.” as well as Dr. Henry Cloud’s point of “Focused Attention: Lead people in ways which their brain can actually follow it.” Great conference. Thank you for what you do and wishing you unlimited success as your platform continues to grow!

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Andy Stanley is as dynamic and focused a presenter as anyone I’ve ever heard. Our church is currently going through his small group video/workbook series titled “Guardrails” – the insights gleaned from this mini-course have been seismic for me personally!

  • http://www.facebook.com/deanna.york.7 Deanna York

    I have wanted to attend this conference for years, and had the opportunity to sit in via simulcast this year. All of the speakers were fantastic! My takeaways were: David Allen, “pay attention to what has your attention.” LCDR Denver, ” Calm is contagious. So is stupid.” Caine’s Arcade inspired me! See you next year!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Caine’s Arcade was terrific!

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisFontana7 Chris Fontana

    Is there a way to watch/listen to a recording of the event? I’d love to check it out…had a conflict and couldn’t make it this year. Thanks.

  • Nancy Lohr

    I will be working this week on one simple sentence that is the reason my company exists as well as one simple sentence that is my critical task, the paper that goes in the fire alarm/break the glass in case of emergency. I really needed the overarching message to “simply lead.”

    The only negative for me this year was that we can’t re-“listen” to sessions after the fact. I spent the week following last year’s event reviewing particular sessions to fully absorb content and realizing that I missed some nuggets while I was taking notes.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      “Simply Lead” is a great mantra that too many leaders ignore and over complicate for some reason….

  • http://seekoutwisdom.blogspot.com Joseph Iliff of SeekOutWisdom

    My biggest takeaway was from John C. Maxwell’s talk. Simplistic is half work. Simple is hard work.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      That’s great pearl of wisdom Joseph – thanks for sharing it!

      • http://seekoutwisdom.blogspot.com Joseph Iliff of SeekOutWisdom

        My pleasure. Seeking out wisdom and sharing it is what I love to do.

  • dave

    Michael – I really appreciate the way you highlighted key points during the Leadercast. That helped jump start some discussion between me and a friend that I attended with.

    For me, one of the single most impactful nuggets was Coach K’s insight that rules are externally enforced while standards are internally owned. Creating an environment where success happens naturally is far easier to do when the team has standards by which they live rather than rules that they must follow.

    That even dovetails with some of Dr Henry Cloud’s content. Dr Cloud mentioned that self-control is a finite resource that gets exhausted over time. The more we rely on our willpower to keep us doing the right thing, the harder it becomes to avoid yelling at our families, skipping out on a workout, or doing the right thing at work.

    Making success happen naturally and repeatedly is a lot easier when we start by making doing the right thing natural and reflexive through standards each individual “owns” at a gut level rather than through external rules.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Dave. I almost include that takeaway from Coach K. It is a great one!

  • http://SourcesOfInsight.com/ J.D. Meier

    I especially like the point on simplicity.

    If we focus on simplicity, we can reduce complexity. If we reduce complexity, we can reduce time and cost.

    And, if we do that, we create room for whitespace where we can focus on growth and innovation, and actually lead.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      While it’s fallen out of vogue, I’ve been a long supporter of “Occam’s Razor” concept which proposes that the simplest solution is usually the best solution. It goes hand-in-hand with the overarching need to eliminate complexity when possible.

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    I know I’m a shameless football fan, but this is my favorite of your takeaways: “Divide your weaknesses by delegating them. A leader is like a
    quarterback. He doesn’t get paid to run the ball. He gets paid to put
    the ball into the right hands.” John C. Maxwell is a rock star.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      That’s an awesome nugget of wisdom packed with all kinds of knowledge nutrients!

  • DaveBratcher

    Awesome event. You did an amazing job of making sure everyone didn’t miss the key points. One of the greatest take-aways for me was Coach K talking about the importance of trust. The idea that 2 > 1 if trust is present, but 2 < 1 if it isn't. Also his distinction between rules (externally applied) and standards (internally owned). I wrote about it on my blog today at http://www.davebratcher.com.
    Thanks for all of your amazing content Michael!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Dave, sounds like Coach K shared an important lesson. Trust is vital to form a vibrant and effective team.

  • Scoti Springfield Domeij

    TED posts videos and transcripts. Does this leadership conference also post the talks online after the conference?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I am not sure, but I think you have to join the Leadercast Network to get access to this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BrookeTWright Brooke Wright

      Hi Scoti- You can purchase a “Leader Kit” on the website for $99. This includes 60 days streaming access to videos of each speaker from the event, audio downloads of each speaker’s keynote, a subscription to the online platform with past speaker content, and 3 speaker books. http://store.giantimpact.com/

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        Perfect.

  • Vikki

    Andy Stanley : ” Complexity is the enemy of clarity.”

    David Allen: The importance of having both focus and flexibility.

    Sonya Richards-Ross: “Recovery Season”. Recovering from a former season (of failure, disappointment, etc.) requires focus. In order to be the best’ you need to focus on “one thing at a time”.

    Dr. Cloud: Stop tending things whose season his passed. You know you are co-dependent when “someone else’s life flashes before your eyes”. LOL Necessary endings.

    John Maxwell: A communicator is someone who takes something complicated and makes it simple.

    Coach K: A leader puts people in a position to be successful; creates a culture for success.

    Condoleeza Rice: Be right with God, be right with yourself.

    Caine & Nirvad: You never know who or what your persistence will inspire. Never allow anyone to steal your shine.

    Jack Welsh: “Get a focus. Give it all you got. Don’t dabble.”

    LCDR Rorke Denver: Tactical Reserve: There is always ability and opportunity to improve – even when you are the best at what you do.

    • Vikki

      Looking for to next year’s event. :-)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great summary! Thanks.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Nice follow-on points Vikki – great stuff. Your comment nicely shows how different aspects of the same content speak to each of us differently!

      • Vikki

        Thank you! There were so many treasures to draw from.

  • http://twitter.com/ericndavis Eric Davis

    “Develop standards not rules in your team.” – Coach K

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I loved that insight too.

  • American Networker

    All I really need to share is WOW!!! But how can you when this event has shaped the outcome of your decisions and future.. WOW

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.pack.7 Gary Pack

    Rockford, IL simulcast-1st and hopefully not last Leadercast!

    Can’t just stop at 1 take away so:

    1. ADD-value to people EVERYday-John Maxwell

    2. Calm is Contagious-Lt. Rorke Denver

    Great Event!

  • http://daroso.com David Richards

    Couple of my favorite take aways:
    Jack Welch – Over deliver on assignments. Try and make your boss smarter.
    Andy Stanley – Growth creates complexity which requires simplicity.
    David Allen – Chaos is not in the world…it is in your head.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I can see Jack’s quote coming in quite handy. It helps boost your boss’s value to others and then makes you look good in the boss’s eye.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/onpurposeleadership Michael Stanley

    This was my third year in a row of attending the Leadercast. I couldn’t agree more that it just keeps getting better and better! One of the many take aways that I left with came from the legendary Jack Welch. His idea of creating a culture where, “You are happy to be here, but ready to leave.” was a great way of summing up keeping people engaged but also helping them to grow.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      It’s great when an event can continue to improve year after year. I think it’s a sign of great leadership behind the scenes. This is one of the reasons I look forward to attending the event one of these days.

      • http://www.opleadership.com/ Michael Stanley

        Joe, I hope you can make it next year. It is really hard to beat for the value you get at such a great price.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          The only problem with the LeaderCast is the days it is held. Move it to a weekend and I’d be golden. Working the M-F kills mid-week activities like this.

  • Maggie Frye

    Great key points, Michael – and great job helping to facilitate the event. I agree that it was a fabulous Friday. I took pages upon pages of notes! I was thinking about several of the key concepts over the weekend and talking about them passionately with friends and family at various social events. So refreshing to be encouraged by such positivity.

    I will be running a blog series on Core Chat (www.core-chat.com) over the next several weeks to take a deeper dive into some of the concepts and insights shared by the speakers, but in the spirit of Simply Leading I also posted an abbreviated Cliff’s Notes version of my key takeaways here: http://bit.ly/10Rhuv4

  • http://www.evenifiwalkalone.com/ Tim Sherfy

    I agree that the event was amazing. Some of my key takeaways:

    “Complexity is the enemy of clarity” – Andy Stanley
    “Don’t settle for fine, be better.” – David Allen
    “Without boundaries, opportunities become threats.” – Henry Cloud
    “Stop looking for a leader to solve the problem. Be the leader who solves the problem.” – John Maxwell
    “A leader is someone who puts their people in position to win – all the time.” – Coach K
    Ask yourself, “What’s the first thing we can do to make things better?” – Condoleeza Rice
    “Products don’t win, teams do.” – Jack Welch

    I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many notes at an event. It was absolutely phenomenal. I can;t wait to see how they will top it!

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    I wasn’t able to attend the Leadercast but felt like I have through all of the blog posts people have shared from the event. Thanks for sharing the quotes and making me feel like I was a part of the event.

  • http://sukofamily.org/ Caleb

    Wow, sounds like it was a great event. I would have joined online but I was traveling in Moldova.

  • http://www.ejectingballast.com/ Matthew Hexter

    From Coach K, this really jumped out: Rules are externally enforced whereas standards are internally owned.

  • http://jeremymccommons.com/ Jeremy McCommons

    My business partner and I were able to take some of our employees to one of the satellite locations and this was one of the best leadership conferences I have been to! There were so many takeaways from each speaker it’s hard to chose one, but one thing that we are going to try to implement in my business is for each person to write a 1 line job description as John Maxwell recommended. I love this idea and really feel like this will create more clarity in our workplace. You did a great job hosting and I loved hearing your thoughts throughout the conference!

  • http://www.jackiebledsoe.com/ jbledsoejr

    I can only imagine how many more nuggets were shared, if this is a short summary. Hoping I can attend next year. This seems to be one of those life changing events you must attend.

    Plus I just love everything about Chic-fil-A! Food, values, organization, and the leaders! Thanks Michael!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I really did just scratch the surface. I was writing as fast as I could!

      • http://www.jackiebledsoe.com/ jbledsoejr

        Did you feel you missed some things serving in this role vs. just soaking it all in? Or did it help you tune you in knowing you needed to summarize for the audience?

  • STEPHAN

    Andy Stanely clarified a lot for me when he said, “Don’t live with something simply for the sake of living with it.” Some things might be good and morally correct, but just not effective for the present journey. Need to know when to cut and focus on what’s ahead.

    I was also helped by Condoleezza Rice when she said a leader has to remain optimistic. I used to think it phony when looking at what seems to be impending doom. I’m learning that people are energized when led by an optimistic leader.

    Stephan Cobbert-Redemption Fellowship

  • http://www.facebook.com/TexasDorian Dorian D. Strickland

    First time attending, but it is one of the best leadership events I have ever attended. I really liked “Growth creates complexity, which requires simplicity” – Andy Stanley.

    The entire theme of Simply Lead was fantastic. Love, love, love it.

  • http://brownknowsmedia.com/ Jeff Brown

    It was one of my favs of the three years I’ve been attending. I’ve got to ask though, Michael, when are they going to recognize the value YOU could bring to this event? You need to be one of the speakers.

  • Corey Stokes

    Thanks, this will go great with my notes when I back brief my commander on the Leadercast

  • http://www.beyondschoolwalls.com/ Travis Scott

    Thanks for sharing. These are great!

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  • MJ Wivell

    One line job descriptions – Andy Stanley

    Brilliant Idea!

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  • Jacki O

    My biggest take away was a confirmation that my company has been led of the Lord more than I realized. Each speaker shared information that has been incorporated in my business over the last 12 years…almost to a T.
    It was a joy to listen to.
    The other take away, that was the most inspiring is from John Marshall…”add value to people”. New way to look at “loving one another”.
    The booklet made it easy to take notes and acquaint with who was speaking.
    The lunch delicious…Enjoyed it thoroughly!

  • Sandra Dee

    This was my first event… I was hesitant but willing to try new things like simulcast at the conference level. It was fantastic!, the accommodations at the Omni Hotel with Marques Holmes Team was great! My take away: Passion and Desire is not enough be be successful in meeting your goals. CONSISTENCY is the key!

  • Michael Creighton

    Michael, first, great name! Second, I tweeted you about your takeaways and you indicated you were not posting them. You have now posted them. :) You don’t do things on accident. What led to your change in plans? Just curious.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I just got so many requests! Thanks for your encouragement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emnbensdad David Balentine

    Hi Michael. I was one of the fortunate ones to serve as a volunteer for this year’s Leadercast at the Gwinnett Arena. The experience and the people I was blessed to work with created memories and inspiration that will last for many years to come.

    My biggest takeaway outside of the service opportunity was from Andy Stanley. Creating a job description in one sentence that described the essence of the job. He inspired me to do the same for myself and my team. Still working on that.

    My biggest takeaway from a technology standpoint was the integration of the video/audio presentation and the smart phone app. I can’t describe the light show well enough to people who didn’t witness it first hand. The “experience” was simply amazing!

    See you next year!

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  • http://profiles.google.com/jcp411 Jordan Peterson

    Michael,

    Thank you so much for sharing your Takeaways! I was wanting to get that list as it was soooo good during the event! :)

    I am curious now… what are the top 5-10 events you’ve ever been to?

    Jordan

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      In no particular order:

      Tony Robbins’ Unleashing the Power Within
      Gap International’s Alignment Intensive
      Chick-fil-a Leadercast
      Catalyst
      SCORRE Conference

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  • Edwina Cowgill

    Every speaker, and the MCs, had such a wealth of information, I have hundreds of takeaways! Ever talk that John Maxwell gives includes dozens of takeaways: here are mine from his talk: “Communicators take something complicated and make it simple.” And I loved his math in “How to Simply Lead:” ADD value to people every day; SUBTRACT your leadership landmines; MULTIPLY your strengths by developing them; DIVIDE your weaknesses by delegating them.”
    Truly excellent conference and I’m looking forward to next year!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I loved his mathematical outline. It made it very memorable!

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  • Music4Hope

    Thanks for the useful recap Michael. With so much good information during the day, it’s hard to have take home messages. -Stew Kberg, Music4Hope, 2011-12 CFA Leadercast Host Charity, Raleigh, NC

    • sbucked

      Hi everyone, I’m the marketing director for World Vision’s Micro.

      This was our first year being part of Leadercast and we had blast! We would love any feedback and ideas. Would people be interested on how to get their company involved!

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