Friday, August 10, 2007


Carly is one of the world's most admired business leaders. From 1999-2005 she served as president and CEO of Hewlet-Packard.

In this session Bill Hybels interviewed Carly. He stated that her book Tough Choices is one of his top ten recommended books for leadership. That's a pretty strong recommendation from someone who reads a million books a year (little exaggeration).

  • What she learned from studying logic--the power of the right question.
  • Fear was a big deal for her. But she learned that every time she stared down a fear, she became stronger.
  • Don't let others' fears become your problem.
  • Save your tears for things that matter in life.
  • How important is motivating a team? Motivation is everything.
  • Give people a more compelling vision that what they fear. But let them know the reality of how difficult the vision will be.
  • The boss who fired her up the most was the one who saw potential in her.
  • No matter what position a person holds, expect that person to develop leadership skills.
  • Biggest takeaway for me--Leadership requires passion and dispassion. The passion part is obvious. Dispassion means having enough objectivity to see what has to happen for the vision to become reality and who on the team will be able to make the journey with you. Dispassion allows you to make the difficult choices.
  • There is a gift in everything.

    I was a little disappointed in this talk. Flake has done a superb job as the senior pastor of the 23,000 member Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Queens.
    He talked about five models of leadership: transitional, transactional, transparency, transcendent, and transformational.
    The transformational leader creates for the next generation.

    Marcus is a tremendous communicator. He is author of four best-selling books. His most recent, which I'm currently reading, is Go Put Your Strengths to Work.
  • Build on your strengths and manage around your weaknesses.
  • The way we learn excellence is by studying excellence.
  • Positive psychology is a rapidly growing branch in the field of psychology.
  • Myth 1: As you grow, personality changes.
  • Truth 1: As you grow, you become of who you already are.
  • Myth 2: You grow most in your areas of greatest weakness.
  • Truth 2: You grow most in your areas of strength.
  • Myth 3: A great team member puts his strengths aside and does whatever it takes to help the team.
  • Truth 3: A great team member deliberately volunteers his strengths to the team most of the time.

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