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One of the best ways that I’ve found to experience exponential growth is through attending conferences and workshops. There, you are able to hear from thought leaders in your areas of interest.

Listening and seeing the speakers are only one part of the experience. And probably the least productive way to grow.

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My personal experience has been that there’s only so much I can take in from long sessions of speakers. Eventually, those speaking seem to drone on or say the same things.

Not that this isn’t good content. My attention can only be held for so long.

Then I need something more. I crave interactions. That doesn’t come from listening to speakers.

There’s more to getting more out of attending a conference than speaking. The next time you go to a conference, try the following:

Everyone Needs A Team

September 9, 2016 — 4 Comments

Halford E. Luccock once said that no one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.

How profound. How beautiful are these two sentences.

And how applicable to our lives.

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Life wasn’t mean to be done alone. We were meant to have friends and family and acquaintances surround us.

Much like Halford Luccock’s quote about the orchestra, we can say the same applies to our lives.

Your Life Deserves A Team

When I think back to elementary, middle, and high school, I remember the teams I had. They weren’t people on a sports team.

Rather, my teams were support teams. And I needed them.

In elementary and middle school, some of those people were Nick, Brian, Phillip, and Greg. They were my bros.

We rode bikes together. We hung out after school. We played Nintendo (the original 8-bit system) until the wee-hours of the night.

Why We Need Community

July 3, 2015 — 4 Comments

I’ve always believed that community is important. We must live and interact with others if we want to truly thrive.

The sad truth is, I haven’t lived this well recently.

Over the past year or so, my relationships with others have fallen by the wayside. Replaced with work or my inner thoughts.

It’s a struggle I’ve had and I’m not ashamed to admit.

Why Community?

Community is a powerful thing. Community is there to hold you up. Community is there to hold you accountable. Community is there to back you.

Something truly spectacular happens when we begin entering into relationships with those around us. We begin to experience who we truly are.

Desmond Tutu said:

A person is a person through other persons

Andy Snyder put community this way:

We need others to help us become ourselves

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from blogging and reading other people’s blogs, it’s that insight doesn’t come only from the author. Many times the comment section is full of wisdom and knowledge about leadership.

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The community on this site is very active and it can be easy to miss some of the great content shared within the comments. Today, I want to take time and share 10 leadership lessons that commenters on the blog have shared in the comment section.

1. Self confidence is contagious to a team. Leaders must have confidence in their ability to lead (make decisions, delegate, correct, advise, teach, mentor, train, motivate, etc). Amazing things happen because of confidence. And, it’s easy to prove. Walk into a room full of people with your head up and your shoulders back. Walk in as if you are in charge and watch people sit up. It’s almost funny.
Charles Hutchinson

Too often we think of ourselves as ineffective and weak. We cannot change the world. Or so we think.

So we go about our ordinary, everyday lives. Waiting for that moment of greatness.

I’ve got news for you and me. Our moment of greatness will not come from sitting on the couch, by ourselves, twiddling our thumbs.

It just won’t. We weren’t created for individual greatness. We were created for community. We were created to feed off of each other. We were created to be great together.

This is first shown in the Bible with Adam and Eve. They were created for each other. To rule over the land.

We’re also shown this in Genesis 11:5-8.

Here we find the story of the tower of Babel.