Last week, I attended the NSCA Business Leadership Conference (BLC), I enjoyed several presentations including one from Liz Wiseman about Intelligent Teams and how “The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.” Liz had so many great insights I could post several blogs about her presentation alone but a few comments that she made really stood out for me.
One was “ The critical skill of this century is that you not only what you know; it is how you access what other people know.” That comment made a lot of sense to me since leadership challenges in 2015 are far different that in they were even 3, 4 or 5 years ago.
Other thought provoking insights included “ What does your presence do for your team” as well as “Should you hire new employees or get more out of the people you hired”? I often wonder about what value I do and don’t offer by sitting in on various ISI business and department meetings as well as our HR strategy for new employees. Definitely gave me lots to think about!
Lastly, I sat in on Edgar Papke’s presentation on “Leading Generously: Eight Actos of Influence, Trust and Personal Alignment" which was very enlightening and heart-warming. Those eight acts include
My personal favorite of Edgar’s acts is Gratitude which has been an integral part of my personal and ISI’s operating strategy since I started the business back in 1996. Every day, I feel grateful for being able to live in such a great country as well as the opportunity to start and grow ISI. It is something I have never take it for granted. Another one of Edgar’s comments that really stuck with me was when he discussed how (even as small business) you can build a legacy for not only your business but also for your life. Great insight! And in the end, as Edgar quoted “In the heart of God, lies Generosity” I think that really says it all.