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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  • 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.

    • Michael Hyatt

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

  • 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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  • Jordan Peterson


    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?


    • Michael Hyatt

      In no particular order:

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

    • 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!