Drive Conference 2008 Main Session 1

The opening session of Drive 2008 was excellent.  Here are some points:

  • Trusting someone is a choice
  • The local church should be the best organization to work for in your city
  • People know our attitudes towards others in the organization whether we specifically talk about them or not
  • Christians have confused sensitivity with dishonesty (not telling someone the truth because it might seem insensitive)
  • The consequences of confrontation are far less severe than the consequences of concealment
  • Our success in carrying out God’s mission does not depend on us being perfect

Drive Conference 2008 Main Session 2

  • To lead, we must serve (Mark 10)
  • The goal is a staff culture characterized by mutual submission
  • Ask the people you serve/lead – how can I help you?
  • What’s more important, creating a great organization or creating a name for yourself?
  • What’s rewarded is repeated

Drive Conference 2008 Main Session 3

  • “To reach people no one else is reaching we must do what no one else is doing” – Craig Groeschel
    Andy said we should become preoccupied with who we haven’t reached rather than with who we have reached
  • “The next generation product almost never comes form the previous generation” – Al Ries
    Since the next generation is going to come up with most of the new ideas, older generations should fund them, not fight them.
    You can be so cautious you’re irrelevant
    Be a student, not a critic
  • “What do I believe is impossible to do in my field, but if it could be done, would fundamentally change my business.” – Joel Barker
    Pay attention to the people who are breaking the rules
  • “If we got kicked out and the board brought in a new CEO, what would he do?  Why shouldn’t we just walk out the front door, come back in and do it ourselves.” – Andy Grove
    Acknowledge what’s not working and own up to why you aren’t willing to do anything about it.  Andy also said they’re asking 2 questions at North Point currently:
    What’s in decline?
    Where are we manufacturing energy? (Where is something bad and we’re trying to make it look good?)
  • “When your memories exceed your dreams, the end is near” – unknown
    If the vision isn’t driving it, the past will
    “Success breeds complacency.  Complacency breeds failure.” Andy Grove
    A vision is born out of a burden and a burden reflects a broken heart.