Speaker #1: Connie Podesta
Speaker #2: Jim Collins
Speaker #3: Tony Dungy
Speaker #4: Mark Sanborn
I have been sharing some of the wonderful nuggets that I received at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast Conference 2010. I hope you have enjoyed it so far. This is a great way for me to process my notes and share what I learned. For this post, I am going to cover two speakers and try to be very brief…enjoy!
Speaker #3: Tony Dungy – Retired head coach for the Indianapolis Colts & Author
A lot of what Mr. Dungy said can be read about in more detail in one of his books; Quiet Strength and Uncommon. I have read both books and would recommend them, especially to young men. For the sake of brevity, I would like to share the one thing that Mr. Dungy said that was, for me, the biggest “takeaway” lesson of the whole conference. It is a poem that one of his coaches taught him as a young player.
Talent is God-given, be thankful.
Praise is man-given, be humble.
Conceit is self-given, be careful.
My guess would be that we all need to hear one of those three lines about 90% of the time. Powerful. Truth.
Speaker #4: Mark Sanborn – Best-selling author of The Fred Factor.
Mr. Sanborn spoke to us about the power and importance of “story” in our lives. Our lives are full of story and we cannot afford to be passive actors in the story of our life. We need to understand other’s story. We need to learn the story of our teams, and understand that leaders don’t just tell a better story, they make the story better!
There are 3 Levels of Story:
1. Stuck – Many people are stuck in their story and they need someone or something to give them a nudge. They need to be resold on their value and the value of their story.
2. Struggle – Struggling with your story is not necessarily a bad place to be. Struggling is how you get unstuck. Afterall, there would be no heroes, no victors, if there were no struggles. People who are at this stage need to be reminded that no one is exempt from struggling. They may need to have their definition of failure updated as well. Failure is something that happens to you, not something that defines who you are.
3. Shaped – At this stage we must look for the lesson and the destination. Ask yourself, “How does my story impact others?” I may add, “How does my story impact eternity?”
Be a shaper of stories. How many “Happily Ever Afters” will you be a part of?