2013 Chick-Fil-A Leadercast

2013 Chick-Fil-A Leadercast Takeaways – Andy Stanley

This past weekend, I attended the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast – a worldwide leadership event where thought leaders and practitioners in the field come together under one roof to share with over 120,000 leaders all over the world. The Leadercast is one of the largest events of its kind, broadcasting world-renowned content to hundreds of locations around the world.  The theme this year was “Simply Lead”.

In a series of blog post, I’m going to share my notes and takeaways from the event every other week as my way of adding value to you and bringing you cutting edge information.

Our first speaker was Andy Stanley – Best Selling author of 20 books and founder of North Point Ministries.

  1.  “Level 5 leaders have the humility to aspire to be the dumbest person in the room” – Jim Collins
  2. Where there is growth there is complexity – Growth creates complexity which requires simplicity.
    • Complexity is the enemy of clarity
  3. You may lose sight of the clarity you need to move your business forward when you’re knee deep in complexity.2013 Chick-Fil-A Leadercast
  4. You need a place to retreat and re-center yourself when things get complex.
  5. When things get crazy and you go on your retreat, the following 3 questions will help bring clarity and re-center yourself so you can lead simply and effectively.
    • What are we doing? – Brings clarity

“The mist in your mind becomes a fog in your organization.”

    • Why are we doing it? – Brings clarity
      • Your reason for being / what would happen if we cease to do what we do?
      • Start with “because…)

“If the people working for you cannot answer this question it’s just a job for them”

    • Where do I fit in? – Helps you focus on what’s important.
      • This is not your job description; it’s the essentials of your role.
        • Your unique contribution
        • Your core responsibility
        • Your critical role
        • What is it that you do so well that nothing else matter?

6. Create a one sentence job description to help you refocus when things get crazy.

    • This is your “in case of emergency instructions”. When things get complex and the yogurt hit the fan, that’s what you go back to.
    • For some people this will be a problem because they think that their job is complex and covers a wide range of responsibilities. Andy says, “it’s only complex because you haven’t taken the time to think through it”.

What have you done to re-center yourself when things get complex and you’re feeling the pressure of you’re a leader? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

P.S. If you live in New York City or the surrounding areas and would love to attend next year’s leadership conference, I will be running a host site here in New York City on May 9, 2014. The theme is “Beyond You”. You can expect to learn how to improve your own leadership skills and also have the opportunity to network with other leaders in the area. Reach out and let me know if you’d like to attend, be a sponsor or help us with the planning.

About The Author

Michael Charles - Certified Coach, Teacher, Speaker with the John Maxwell Team

A founding partner with the John Maxwell Team, I help leaders, entrepreneurs and business professionals develop their leadership and communications skills to build strong, cohesive teams and break through barriers holding them and their teams back without burning themselves out.