DO YOU TRUST YOUR PEOPLE?

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: LASZLO BOCK

The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event that is telecast LIVE from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August to more than 600+ locations in North America. Throughout the fall, Summit events take place in an additional 128 countries—translated into 60 languages. This is the 23rd annual Global Leadership Summit being broadcast around the world to more than 400K people.

Below are my notes for Laszlo Bock:

12 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR TEAM MEMBERS

FIRST, BREAK ALL THE RULES: MARKUS BUCKINGHAM

First, Break All The Rules is one of my favorite leadership books. Markus Buckingham and Curt Coffman do a great job of challenging many leadership assumptions with the data gathered in their research of what truly makes organizations successful. This book contains information gathered from interviews with over 80,000 managers from over 400 different companies. This is the largest study of its kind ever conducted.

DOES YOUR TEAM CONFRONT THE BRUTAL FACTS?

DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF CANDOR

 

During engagements to evaluate an organization’s current state of effectiveness and productivity I often find huge gaps that are holding the company back from reaching its’ full potential. It is always interesting to see how different leaders respond when presented with this information. Some leaders are very defensive. Some leaders are skeptical. While other leaders embrace the findings and are eager to learn more about the solutions.

It is always interesting when you have been hired to dig up the brutal facts of an organization’s issues and then they reject your findings. This is always a clear indicator to which teams will succeed in the changes needed to turn an organization around and which will not. I have personally seen multiple companies who failed to confront their brutal facts and are now no longer in business. While others have heeded the findings and put effective action plans into place and made fantastic turnarounds.

How does your team handle the brutal facts?

WHAT IS YOUR RED RUBBER BALL?

LESSONS FROM KEVIN CARROLL'S BOOK: RULES OF THE RED RUBBER BALL: FIND & SUSTAIN YOUR LIFE'S WORK

Kevin Carroll

Kevin Carroll takes his childhood passion for play and sport to tell stories that paint a picture of how to live life more effectively. In Rules of the Red Rubber Ball: Find and Sustain Your Life’s Work, Kevin challenges the reader to use their passion and creativity to maximize their potential and live life to the fullest. His simple, playful and insightful little book is full of powerful illustrations from the playgrounds of his youth that paint a beautiful picture of how to live a more enjoyable yet more powerful life.

Kevin has consulted organizations such as the National Hockey League, ESPN, Nike, Starbucks (his words appeared on 17 million Grande cups), The National Basketball Association, Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Hasbro, Procter & Gamble, Discovery Channel, Capital One and many others. With these consulting endeavors, Kevin has helped turn creative ideas into reality.

Here are the highlights of his playful philosophy around taking a red rubber ball view of the world in order to bring your passion to life and unleash your creative self.

WE REMEMBER THE PRICE THAT WAS PAID SO WE CAN CELEBRATE TODAY

1776 BY DAVID MCCULLOUGH

  • What does July 4th, Independence Day mean to you?
  • A holiday spent with family and friends?
  • Cookouts and fireworks?
  • Vacations at the beach or lake?

All of these are great ways to spend your July 4th holiday. My family has done all of these at one time or another during my lifetime. While all of these are enjoyable, I like to pause and reflect on why we get to celebrate such an historic day and what it means for each of us that live in the United States of America. As we continue to celebrate this historic day here in the United States of America I would like to recommend a great book that details the story of the sacrifices that were made so that we can enjoy our freedoms today. David McCullough’s book, 1776, is a tremendous treatment of the military perspective of this pivotal year in our country’s birth. There are many leadership lessons to glean as you work your way through the detailed accounts of the ravages of war. The troops who laid their lives on the line fought not only the opposing troops, but weather, sickness, hunger and other great challenges. These lessons have imprinted a greater appreciation of what this day means to me.