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andy stanley and guy kawasaki at catalyst west coast

last thursday and friday, i drove up to orange county to attend a couple days of catalyst west coast. i’m not presenting, and didn’t come with anyone. it’s nice to just attend an event semi-anonymously and observe.

the first morning, andy stanley gave one of the top two or three best talks on leadership i have ever heard in my life. really (i’d say it was the best, because i’m not thinking of a better talk on leadership at the moment, but i’m trying not to use hyperbole here). i don’t know if they’re going to have recordings of these things; but i really want to listen to it a couple more times. i wish i’d taken notes. i did twitter a few things, so i can copy and paste those here:

when the uncertainty in your situation goes away, your leadership is no longer needed.

I will always be uncertain; I’m certain of it.

leadership is not about making decisions on your own; it’s about owning them once they’re made.

andy went on to talk about “clarity” and “flexibility” as the two leadership skills needed in this context.

i learned my lesson about not taking any notes, and thumbed an email to myself on my blackberry during guy kawasaki’s talk. given that a large room of church leaders would not be his normal audience, he did great — regularly connecting his points to church-world and christianity.

here’s my rough little outline of notes:


1. Make meaning (stop bad stuff, or create or assist good stuff)

2. Make mantra (not a mission statement) – something that defines why you exist. 2 or 3 words.

3. Jump to the next curve (Most orgs define what they do by what they do – that’s the way to miss the next curve.)

4. Roll the dicee.
-Intelligent. (Anticipate what I need)
-Complete. (The total experience)
-Elegant. (Design)
-Emotive. (Generates strong emotions)

5. Won’t worry, be crappy. (In technology: we ship, and then we test. Don’t wait for perfection. You’ll never get that until there’s consumer interaction.)

6. Polarize people. (If you try to please everyone, you’ll get mediocrity. Better to have people love or hate it, than to be indifferent to it).

7. Let 100 flowers blossom. (Let things happen organically. It won’t always be what you expect).

8. Church baby, churn. (Constantly tweak and create new versions. Evolve.)

9. Niche thyself. (Equation: high uniqueness and high value).

10. Follow the 10, 20, 30 rule. (All presentations: 10 slides, 20 minutes, 30 pt font).

11. Don’t let the bozos grind you down.

btw: mariner’s church is a great venue for an event like this, but i can’t believe a hipster church like that doesn’t allow coffee (even with a lid on the cup) in their worship center! come on!

monday morning update, april 20, 2009

the weekend that was: my whole family was still struggling with jet lag from our spring break trips, so the weekend was pretty low key. we got caught up on some tv recorded while we were gone, did the laundry, and hung out. saturday night, jeannie, max and i went to see 17 again, which was predictable (shoot, it’s even predictable to say it was predictable), but cute enough. sunday was church, then i took a nap while my family went to an earth day thing in san diego (i was going to go also, but have a massive head cold setting in, and needed some sleep). and sunday night was our home church. pretty low key, all in all.

where i am at the moment: at my desk at ys. i’m here for three days this week, before heading to orange county to check out some of catalyst west coast.

on my to-do list this week: we’re in the final stages of nailing down details on ys’s move, and there are lots of details to cross off the list this week.

procrastinating about: cleaning up my office. and with the approaching ys move, i’m going to have to get rid of a good 50% of the crap in my office — major purge ahead.

book i’m in the midst of: same two.

burakamusic that seemed to catch my attention this past week: got two great, but very different albums from amiestreet this week…

black diamond, by buraka som sistema. this portugese group sounds a lot like MIA, and is a mixture of pop, club, electronic, hip hop and world beat. whatever it is, it’s just so pickin’ cool. i listened to it for days.

theheavygreat vengeance and furious fire, by the heavy. i’d downloaded a couple ep’s by the heavy before, and was stoked to see they had a full-length album on amiestreet. they’re a groove-heavy rock, funk and soul band, that sounds like they could have been making urban soul in the 70s (funny, they’re british). an album review i read says, “They combine Isaac Hayes with Gnarls Barkley, Curtis Mayfield with Jimi Hendrix, Mike Skinner’s elastic delivery with Prince’s falsetto vocals.” yeah, baby, that’s what i’m talkin’ about. (caution: some of the tracks are not “radio versions”).

next trip: driving up to OC thurs and fri for a taste of catalyst west coast, then fly to grand rapids for a one-night trip to the mothership next monday/tuesday.

how i’m feeling about this week: fine, if it weren’t for this head cold, which is just KICKING MY TAIL.