How to Turn a Summit Chair into a Seat of Transformation

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You’ve heard the comments before at the Leadership Summit.

With great flourish a renowned leader points to a chair in the auditorium as he passionately thunders, “That’s the chair where everything changed. I remember sitting in that very chair many years ago at a conference when my life was forever changed…”

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When a Summit speaker makes such a statement, guests typically have one of two reactions. For some they think to themselves, “I can relate. I had a similar experience at a Summit.”

But for others the response is, “Huh? I’ve never come close to that kind of moment. What gives?”

Why the difference?

I’ve learned that if you want to experience the Global Leadership Summit in such a way that is more likely to lead to a transformational moment it all comes down to what you take with you into the event.

Specifically, I believe there are at least 3 vital tools every leader must bring with them to the Summit:

1.   An expectation of transformation
If you arrive in a posture of expectancy that your world could be rocked, you stand a much greater chance of experiencing one of those “a-ha” moments.

2.   A willingness to wrestle in “real time”
In each talk, be constantly asking, “Do I agree with this? What is my immediate take away? What will I have to change in my own leadership?”

3.   A team-learning approach
In past years, team learning was difficult to work into the fabric of the Summit. But this year there will be more opportunities for you to huddle up with your team for a time of facilitated discussion. Take full advantage of these opportunities!

There can be many reasons for registering your team for an event like the Global Leadership Summit. Perhaps it’s a team-building exercise, or maybe it’s just for a well-deserved break from the grind of ministry!

But if your expectation is to actually experience growth, change and development, come prepared with these three tools.

Perhaps one day you’ll point to a seat in the auditorium and say, “That’s the chair where everything changed.”

What have been your transformational experiences at the Summit?


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Scott Cochrane

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