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These are my notes and quotes taken from the World Leaders Conference that I attended virtually on November 8, 2013. I listened to it in the background while working, and it WAS inspiring. I hope this may be inspiring to you, too, if anyone visits this blog 🙂 but mainly it is for me to refer to, and to show appreciation to those who GAVE to us by offering the event, speaking at the event and volunteering to make the event happen. Thank you.

Speaker Bobby Gruenewald- the Bible App

I’m an activator, and we’re going to move. 83,000 in the first 3 days (over the weekend). Clearly something God is doing, not a product of us. All of our technology knowledge summed together could not do anything like this. Over 83 million devices have now installed and another 4 million each month. Over 3 billion minutes per month are how much time people are spending on a monthly basis using the Bible on their phone or their tablet.

If I’d known all the obstacles, I’d probably never have started.

You need to see yourself as small in the context of the opportunity, or you’re never going to take that opportunity. It’s a good perspective to have.

Limitations are Good – limited resources are a key ingredient to innovation, a necessary ingredient.

Thinking outside the box” generally the next idea is always a bad idea

“Thinking inside the box” use constraints to think differently. It’s a different way of looking at it, not at obstacles as things to overcome but as limitations to work within

Next Big Thing? That’s a sad question, because it implies the next big thing will come from someone/somewhere else and not from you. I hope the next big thing will come from you, and from what your life is. Don’t settle for Poncho’s by not allowing your perspective to change. God can use all of us as leaders to shape and change our world, but we have to learn to change our perspective.

Most people don’t measure the results of what they’re doing, and they may stop something that’s working because they don’t know that it is.

Stopping what you’re doing is not always a bad thing. Knowing when to stop is important.

the constraints we have are often blessings, help us focus where we need to focus. not limited to possibilities. optimism. sometimes we curse the darkness of our limitations, but it can be a strength God gives us to focus us. THat’s not something I need to complain about, but something I need to embrace. Thank you, Bobby – announcer?


Henry Cloud

Clinical Psychologist, Author, in the field of Leadership

Speaking on – Developing People so That They Can Perform

We know a lot of things we need to do, but we find that our own personal gaps / woundedness / whatever – gets in the way. You go to a meeting and you know there’s thoughts there, but you didn’t find them while you were in the meeting – and wonder why. Something diminishes inside. You read great leadership books, maybe even see a psychologist,

Personal Growth stuff doesn’t understand the Concept of Leadership. Leadership capacities demand personal growth.

We’re talking about what the Bible talks about.

Everybody’s trying to figure out the right plan and the right strategy. There are many right plans, lots of ways to get there. The real problem is getting people to do what it takes to make the plan work. That’s what leadership is about.

There are only two ways of leading and making things grow. Only two ways in the universe. One works, and the other doesn’t. Know from research and from scripture, the plan that actually works:



One of the boundaries the leader sets – the leader is the steward over the emotional client of an organization. The way a leader stewards their environment is from one of the two ways they (something and profits?) Business and Faith, how do you know which one we’re talking about? Whether you’re from a Faith perspective or not, you’ll recognize it and you’ll see it in all the research that’s ever been done on how organizations thrive.

Fig tree parable — there’s only one way to grow anything, dig around, fertilize it and then you get the fruit.

1. There’s a period of bad time when there’s no fruit. The Gap – the distance between where we (our profits, etc.) are and where we want to be

2. Judgment – the angry response to the fruit not growing. The difference between judgment and evaluation – the emotional and philosophical stance that we take towards what we find in evaluation – that will determine the path that we are on. Judgment means game over – when you get to the judge, he sentences you. When you judge something, the law kills it, it puts it to death. Judgment – toxic emotions – when we evaluate ourselves or other when things go bad – condemnation, . Neuroscientists will tell you you’re not only cut off from life – when you’re under judgment and are making someone feel bad (even making yourself feel bad) – brain research tells us that your higher brain cortex with problem solving, goal orientation, initiative, running into a challenge and fixing it, all in the prefrontal cortex – but when someone is under toxic threat / toxic emotional relational security (feeling okay about themselves as a person) the lower brain secrets a set of hormones that are designed to pull a circuit breaker to shut down the higher brain and activate the lower brain. Because when we’re under threat, the last thing you want to do is think. You go into fight or flight mode. When leaders put people into a fear mode, they get less of what they want. What do the subordinates do? They resist you – actively or passively, or they Flight – leave the position or freeze and there’s no results or movement. Then usually the leader pushes for more, and that makes it worse.

By having goals and evaluation – that’s one way people try to live their lives. Trying to make things better.

3. Wait – The vineyard grower did the research, though. The steward, the grower, says to wait. Doesn’t create a new plan, allocate more resources, etc. First thing he does is say Stop It. That’s a Boundary. Before you’ll ever have a learning organization or a high performance team, or get to your highest potential – you must say Stop It to the negative judgment. As a leader, you must create an environment where people’s brains can work. If people feel judged/condemned for every move they make – you have a death path instead of a life path. So get rid of the Grim Reaper.

Do you have a place in your life where a third party advocate says Stop It to the voices in your head. Partner, mentor, team – where you can go and talk about your failings – and they say it’s okay and can act as an advocate for you against judgment.

Judgment not allowed in your business/teams, then we are going to evaluate your socks off. then evaluation turns into Vitamins because the sting is out of it.

What are you doing for your team where you are serving them and saying – you may have been judged in your last job but this is a place where we are going to look at everything, we’re going to love it and we’re going to fix it.

Don’t make this mistake – being someone people don’t like because you don’t change knowing God loves you anyway.

4. Dig Around, Fertilize, Give it another year. In your companies & personal development, you have to have three ingredients. Grace and Truth – that’s Digging Around. The Servant Leader comes in and diagnoses like a doctor. Dig around to find out what’s going on. Have to build in mechanisms to do that – 360 reviews or other better evaluations. Go out on the sales call with the person, sit in the team meeting, hire others to come in and figure out what you’re missing. Find new insight – new truth.

Ingredient – Truth. Be in a place to find out the truth about ourselves. Find that third party to show you your weaknesses and where you need to grow, and your strengths – you may not even realize you have. Identify the 5-6 biggest stakeholders in your performance. Ask them how you’re doing – truthfully, not worrying about how I feel. Executing what’s important? Relationally with others? We need the truth, and we need metrics. Need new sources of wisdom with training and feedback – from other people. Careful – we tend to judge the feedback.

Grace is unmerited favor. We provide things to people that they do not deserve or cannot provide for themselves. Surgeons come in and scrub – so as leaders we need to scrub so we don’t infect them with our life dysfunction. Key about Grace – Fertilizer – the whole secret is about this – Fertilizer provides for a plant that which the plant cannot provide for itself to grow.

That’s how you win in personal growth and in business. When find the Gap in lack of performance:

Judgment – plan doesn’t work

Find out what’s wrong, deficits, then research / coach / help – realize no wonder they’re failing, they need development in this area and then build in those skills by developing them with coaching and training. There are untold gifts and talents and potentials that are buried. Dig them up – find out who those people are. It’s just potential, so you need to develop them – put into them, build into them, the competencies that are required to meet the standard that is given.

Recognize that it’s going to take a process. Can’t do it in one retreat. Can’t grow a plant by dipping it in dirt once a year. Need coaching and mentoring ongoing – an abiding relationship with fertilizer. Build the requirements within them to reach the standard. Give them time to do that, but don’t give them forever.

Necessary Endings – we should be patient, but don’t be stupid. There’s got to be a limit. Don’t expect instant performance. Don’t put up with a lack of performance.

Bible calls them Law and Grace

Trying harder w same results – that’s why diets don’t work. Trying to live up to the rules always fails – useless and powerless to bring about a result. At the same time, rules are good. You want the standard, performance metrics, goals. Just can’t expect the goal and the evaluation to bring about the result.

Grace isn’t just letting everything go. It’s working to help them to reach the standard. Bible – we couldn’t reach the standard, so the Standard came down to us to help us. That’s servant leadership.

have the biggest goals and standards you can dream of. Only way to reach them is to get off the throne and come down to begin to give people the Truth and Grace that they need. Through your own relationship and other development, to not do away with the standard, but lift them up to the standard. You get to choose. Get rid of the guilt. Reach outside of myself. Get the Truth I need to hear. Get the help I need to get there. Give it time. Obey Grace, and you win every time.

Patrick Lencioni – President of the Table Group

TO love someone enough to evaluate them without judging them. To serve someone from a position of servanthood, love them enough to tell them the truth to raise them up, not in judgment or condemnation but to lift them up to where they need to be.



Patrick Lencioni

President of the Table Group

Speaking on

Asked me if I knew why my books sold so well, and told me it’s because they’re based on the Bible.

People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed. – Sam something

Biggest job of a CEO is to be a CRO – Chief Reminding Officer

Servant Leadership – looks kind, courageous, humble, selfless. Put those words together and it’s Love. Love is Servant Leadership – loving the people we lead.

Managerial Servant Leadership – influence the direct reports, staff employees.

Executive Servant Leadership – how to love on an organization. Harder and more complex because you don’t get to choose who you have to love on. In a company there are a lot of employees you don’t get to choose. Don’t get to choose customers, vendors, etc.

Cultural Servant Leadership – how we love on and influence the people beyond – the people we interact with in society. Family, neighbors, parents of kids friends, Twitter followers, readers of our books, in-laws. How do we lead them? Not traditional. It’s the most important of all three – today now more than ever. Moral cultural society is deteriorating faster than ever before.

I don’t think I influence the culture very well. I’m going to share why. To get better at it, ask

  1. Do I really understand the problem in the culture? Learned – there’s a Lack of Truth, and a Lack of Grace in our society.
  2. Am I willing to suffer to be a Cultural Servant Leader? Suffer for the people I want to lead, in Truth and Grace.

Two big problems: We have a social disregard for Truth. That’s called Moral Relativism. Read Absolute Relativism – met the author and was blown away by him, quick read and very powerful. Helped me to understand what the problem is. Defines Relativism – the idea that there is no universal absolute truth, that truth differs from person to person and culture to culture. In our society, it seems like we don’t do that anymore – look for truth. Jesus said to Pilot, “What is Truth?”

Most people in society would probably be offended if you asked what is truth. It’s dangerous for us – realizing people are defining their own truths.

The era of moral relativism has to end – Juliani said that after 911

Egregious acts of immorality are wrong.

Societies that subscribe to Moral Relativism crumble. It destroys societies in 8 different ways (reading from the book)

  • Creates despair, or desperate attempt for continual distraction – admission life has no inherent meaning or we can’t know it
  • Has no criteria for moral decision making – not about what’s right or good, only about how you feel
  • Leaves children deprived of formation – offering acceptance without guidance, eithics without truth, morally abandoning them is cruelty
  • Respect for life goes away – because people define life
  • Easy for authority to manipulate people – when people don’t think their rights are based on objective principles, they begin to see them as favors granted by those in power
  • Puts the freedom of speech under attack – when we stop recognizing there’s a truth, there’s not a way to discuss things
  • Destroys Faith – reduces God from status of actual living being, to personal sentiment that can legitimately vary from person to person

Rallying around something bigger than ourselves creates unity.

Relativistic societies are the least tolerant. Adolf Hitler said “there is no such thing as truth, either moral or scientific”.

Relativism imprisons people in a lonely way, rather than setting them free.

Realism is to aspire to something that is true.

Problem  – there’s a lack of Truth and Grace. We also have to be Courageous and Humble. It’s hard. It’s easy to say be humble and kind when speaking truth – but it’s difficult for us.

From the book – here’s what we should do to combat this: Be Joyful. Relativism doesn’t comprehend the meaning of life, lacking in real joy, your joy will let people start to wonder what you have. Have to speak truth in love, speak truth with love and mercy – your mind should close on the truth when you find it, but your heart should never close on people, wherever they are in their journey. You have to truly love people to effectively share Christ with people. Continue loving them whatever they choose to do and however they move forward.

How do you suffer for Truth? Easy to say, but are we really willing to suffer that rejection? We aren’t being killed here in the US for it. Rejection by people, losing business – these are very real fears and things we suffer from. So are we really willing to suffer that? No? Then I don’t love them enough to suffer for them. Society doesn’t change because I don’t suffer for society.

How do you suffer for Grace? Shouldn’t be suffering to be humble and kind, but it actually is. The kind we’d need to suffer to change culture, it’s radical. Be radically prepared to humble yourself to others.

Ken Blanchard – big fan of his, enjoyed his presentation just then. Servant Leadership in relation to your team, your organization, and then Cultural – what are we doing to help them? Balance between Truth and Grace is such an important thing. Jesus modeled it. Don’t want to be right for right’s sake – that’s judgmental


Erwin McManus

Artist, filmmaker and Lead Communicator

Speaking on a large event he attended: Out of 2,000 people – the best minds – about 20 of them are followers of Jesus. There’s a lot of focus on the things they specialize in, but there’s not much focus on being human.

You’re a materializer of the invisible.

We can imagine a future that doesn’t exist. So unique that it separates us from every species on this planet.

You can’t create a different reality without imagining it. You can’t become a better person without imagining it. You can’t preserve culture -you can legislate the declining rate of a culture’s demise. You can’t legislate a culture – you can only create a culture. We spend so much energy, resources and fight – to preserve a culture rather than create one.

Dream and Imagine a world that does not exist – then give everything in their lives to make that imagination a reality.

Faith and Imagination have become enemies. Either have Faith and Belief or Imagination and Create. He gave us this gift of human imagination and creativity.

When God invades our imagination – he makes us a product of his dreams. Your beginning matters. How you were created tells you about the essence. You began as an idea in the mind of God – because God was enjoying His creation. You were a dream in the mind of God. Shouldn’t you live the life God dreamed for you? There’s something missing in the formula – how we do life/business/church/family. We don’t dream big enough about the world. I have to change people’s view of reality.

Hawking says there is no God. The universe moves with mathematical, x and  deterministic. It has no intention, we are just numbers.

A universe with God is created and dynamic and living. He created you to create. There’s nothing more frustrating to God who created us to be creative, to create the world he gave us responsibility for – then to see us not create. The dream, your dream it’s your – your divine stewardship – giving freedom and hope to others and not just to yourself. What kind of  a world could we create?

Being a material -you are so limited. When you realize you live in concert in relationship with the living God, and that he’s leveraged the entire universe to make sure you and I live, you’ll wake up and say thank you, and give me great dreams, and give me the courage.

My takeaway – Instead of saying God, use me to create a future only You can imagine – realize he gave us Creativity and Imagination! He formed us in His Image 🙂 God imagined us – what a great feeling and understanding.

God gave us the capacity to create the future. Don’t forget that as an important part of running any organization.


Joyce Meyer

I really enjoyed the interview with Joyce Meyer. She discussed going into ministry and the process of continually checking in with God. She would step out and try something, and if it worked then God was in it. Then step further, waited to see if God was in it or not, if not obvious, take a step back and consider why, what she was doing and keep communicating. After that step back, she’d try another step forward. It’s a reminder that constant communication is so important.

Scott Harrison

Founder, Charity Water     @scottharrison

Story of mom getting sick, leading worship, running from God to the World after high school. Being a club promoter: Drugs, pornography, strip clubs, money – everything he ‘should’ have to be happy. Dad sent him a book that awakened him – realization that no one is happy. Spiritually bankrupt.


World Leaders Conference

Listening to 2nd day presentations 11/8/2013


Henry Cloud

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