Leadercast 2012

Sometimes I realize exactly how much of a nerd I am. Friday was one of those times.

My school district was a host site for Chick-fil-A Leadercast. Leadercast is a live event in Atlanta with satellite feeds sent across the country. I’m assuming I was asked (or told) to go because I am Teacher of the Year (I saw many of my fellow TOYs there). I enjoyed it so much that I plan to go every year from here on out. You have to pay to attend. Totally worth it. Worth it for teachers. Worth it for business people. Worth it for anyone who wants to improve or grow.

Basically, it is a one day conference on leadership. Speakers from all different fields speak on a theme related to leadership. This year’s theme was CHOICE. The whole day was very similar to TEDxColumbiaSC.

I wrote lots of notes and totally geeked out over just about every speaker. I even purchased a “leader pack” that will allow me to access the talks online for the next year. My notes are basically quotes that struck me as true or important (for both what I do and what Marty does).

Here are some of my favorites:

Andy Stanley “I’m not the smartest person here; I’m just the leader.”

Urban Meyer “If we get better, customers will demand we get bigger.”

Tim Tebow

“Don’t worry about what you can’t control”

Wake up each day saying to yourself, “I can’t wait to get better today – to make a positive difference in someone’s life.”

John Maxwell (my new hero – I had heard of him before Leadercast, of course, but I had never read any of his work or listened to him speak. Loved it!)

“Grow on purpose.”

“Put your money where your values are.” I really loved the story that went behind this statement. He said that he never paid his children to do chores. They did things around the house because they were told to by their parents and because they lived there. He did give them the chance to earn money by READING. Maxwell spoke a lot about the importance of reading great books (another reason why I enjoyed him so much!). Even though I encourage reading for intrinsic reasons at school, I like this idea for earning money for my own personal children one day. The grown up picks the book and tells the kid how much they can earn if they read it. After reading, the grown up and the kid talk about it and the money is earned. “Put your money where your values are.” I like it.

Everything gets better when we get better.”

Have a daily agenda. You are either “preparing or repairing everyday.”

Be a “workafrolic”

Yesterday was yesterday – “just get over it.”

Patrick Lencioni

“If everything is important, than nothing is.” Focus on your core values. You cannot focus on EVERYTHING.

So many smart things being thrown out to the universe! I loved Leadercast and am so thankful I got to go. Can’t wait for next year!



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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