Best of Nxtbook 2017 - 21
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very year, over 100,000 leaders from around the world gather for a full day of inspiring and thought provoking speakers sharing their insights, wisdom, and ideas on what it means to be a leader worth following.
The event is called Leadercast and I'd encourage everyone to experience it at some point. After hearing from
so many speakers, you'll walk away with many nuggets of wisdom to help you lead more effectively in your role
at work, at home, and in your community.
This year, Nxtbook Media had the opportunity to send a small group of Nxtbookers to attend. I sent everyone in
with a challenge to bring back a take-a-way or nugget that we could share on this blog. It's interesting to see what
each person found encouraging or helpful in their own personal journey towards becoming a leader worth following. Some are as simple as a quote, while others explained more about concepts that resonated with them. My hope
is that you read through everyone's thoughts below and find some truth to help you become a better leader.
"Be an influence by showing others what's possible."
While there were many wonderful speakers at Leadercast, Kat Cole,
Group President of Focus Brands, talked about the importance of
building leaders that are worth following. When you can focus on
the right thing, you can change everything and show others what's
possible in your organization and in your community.
"What do you come to work to do?"
My takeaway was from Andy Stanley. He was talking about the need
for a vision. He asked the question, "What do you come to work to
do?" If the answer is that you come to work to do your job, there's a
problem. You should come to work to fulfill the company vision...
to be the solution to a problem.
My takeaway is on the subject of priorities, as presented by Kat Cole.
She advised, "focus on things that are small enough to change, but
big enough to matter." I think this works whether trying to change
the focus of a company, a department, or your own personal work
and work habits. Breaking a problem down into manageable parts
that you can concentrate on makes your task less daunting!
Vision is a mental picture of what could be. Not about how, but it
is the what. It is the preferred future, fueled by a conviction of what
it should be. The trick in setting vision is that it is small enough to
change but big enough to matter. There can be only one priority.
And focusing on the right thing actually impacts everything.