One day the LORD said to Moses, “Climb one of the mountains east of the river, and look out over the land I have given the people of Israel. After you have seen it, you will die like your brother, Aaron, (Numbers 27:12-13 NLT)
I love Moses’ reaction to being told he was going to die and not enter the promise land.
Did he pout?
Did he protest?
No, he prayed…
and not for himself but for the people and that God might give them a courageous leader and shepherd.
Then Moses said to the LORD, “O LORD, you are the God who gives breath to all creatures. Please appoint a new man as leader for the community. Give them someone who will guide them wherever they go and will lead them into battle, so the community of the LORD will not be like sheep without a shepherd.” (Numbers 27:15-17 NLT)
If God speaks a difficult word to you or I today will our hearts respond like Moses? Will our prayers be for those around us?
It’s a daunting task to attempt to share the highlights from a seminar so packed with wisdom and actionable content but there is gold in those hills and I must try to pass it along.
Today I had the great pleasure to attend the Chick-fil-A Leadercast (CFAleadercast) conference because the wonderful people at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention hosted the seminar as a simulcast site. It’s my 2nd year to attend the CFAleadercast and I cannot recommend it highly enough. The next CFAleadercast is May 9, 2014, put it on your calendar and find a host site near you. You will be so glad you did.
(This will be part 1. Breaking it up into sections will help me actually publish without being overwhelmed. I hope you’ll find the info useful.)
This year’s conference focused on the Simplicity of leadership, from vision to behaviors. It’s a topic that really resonates with me as I easily drown in a world of clutter and unfocused thrashing. As one speaker noted
Every leader needs an escape hatch. A retreat to the core values that helps you center yourself and in turn your organization around what matters.
Center then forward. Exactly! So where is that escape hatch?
You have know the simple answers to the following questions
What are we doing? (Vision)
What is your mission? What is the life-blood of your organization? What does your business do?
If you don’t have a simple answer you haven’t worked on it long enough.
Why are we doing it? (Vision)
What is your motivation? Ask “If we disappeared tomorrow” what would be different or lost? Revisit why you were founded, someone had an impetus to drive them to build the company you work for. Find that impetus, center there.
How do we get there? (Execution)
What are the standards that define our actions? Do we own them? (Rules are external and top down, Standards are internal and owned from bottom up).
Where do I fit in? (what is your crucial contribution or core responsibility)
Write a 1 sentence job description.
Andy phrased it as, When you are in an emergency, crisis, overwhelmed, confused, break glass and read it. (I’m paraphrasing)
Andy Stanley brought out questions 1,2, & 4. I added 3 to incorporate Coach K’s standards and behaviors talk and Welch’s talk.
I’ll share more about creating space and the great lessons from Maxwell and Condoleeza Rice in days to come Below you’ll find my full set of notes and great nuggets shared via the #CFAleadercast twitter stream.