Friday, April 18, 2008

Maximum Impact . . .

I attended the Maximum Impact - Advance conference today. Here are some snippets from what the speakers had to say:

Andy Andrews: "Smile when you talk." and "Everything you do effects everyone else." (Think butterfly effect.)

John C. Maxwell: "Manage your life - not your time." and "Don't send your ducks to eagle school." and "Patience is a minor form of despair disguised as a virtue."

Andy Stanley: "Vision doesn't stick. You repeat it, repeat it, repeat it, repeat it . . ." and "Vision . . . A mental picture of what could be - fueled by passion of what should be."

Kevin Carroll: "We have the ability to do so much more than we always think." and "Speak up . . . a closed mouth don't get fed."

Dan Cathy: “When the student is ready the teacher will appear." and “When the rate of external change exceeds the rate of internal change disaster is eminent.”

Patrick Lencioni: “When you lead and manage your employees you are ministering to your employees.”

Spencer Tillman: “Creative processes take time – destructive processes can occur in an instant.”

What a day. It was moving, challenging, and very informative. John Maxwell is so fun to listen to and easy to follow. I am glad that there are men like him teaching the next generation of leaders in our country. Next year I am bringing my kids – this was good stuff. My daughter is in college and my boys in high school - if they can start getting these leadership concepts now it'll put them 20 years ahead of my own learning. John Maxwell also said this today: "It's not often the fastest person that wins in the race of life . . . it's the first."

One other thing that I came away with was the vision statement for
Northpoint Church. I have long been a fan of what they do – after hearing Andy Stanley speak today I can see why they are so successful.

Here is their vision statement: “Create a church that unchurched people love to attend.” That’s it. Andy talked about the importance of any organizations vision statement being very easy to remember. He said the easier it is to remember the easier it is for everyone in the organization to actually live it out.

I'm going to blog later about the church where this event was hosted. It is
12Stone Church. They just moved into their building in January and it is a great facility.

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