Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Level 5 Leadercast

It's happening this Friday, May 7, 2010.

Only two more sleeps!

A global gathering of leaders.

With one purpose.

Developing leaders at all levels.

This program, conceived ten years ago by New York Times best-selling author and speaker, Dr. John C. Maxwell, has grown from a half-day, classroom-format event to become a full-day experiential conference broadcast. 400 sites will be plugged in around the world with over 70,000 attendees. The list of speakers for this years "Leadercast" is second to none and includes, Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy, John C. Maxwell, co-author of "Made to Stick", Chip Heath and many others.

But, one speaker who will likely garner a lot of attention is "Good to Great" author Jim Collins.

Jim has authored or co-authored five books based on enormous volumes of research, including the classic "Built to Last" and his latest "How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In". In "Good to Great", Collins explores factors common to those few companies that sustain remarkable success for a substantial period of time. One of those factors is what he calls "Level 5 Leadership", which Collins describes as a “paradoxical mix of personal humility and professional will.”

So what separates entrepreneurs who build great companies from those who do not?

As Collins explains to Charlie Rose, they make the transition from being a time teller to become a clock builder. Time tellers make everything depend on them, so the organization is merely a reflection of their own personality, but a clock builder creates an organization that delivers great results that extend way beyond his or her personal influence.

If you are serious about the subject of leadership and addressing some of the stuff that keeps you up at night, there are many different venues you can access this Friday.

Looking forward to seeing what Jim Collins and the rest of the Level 5 roster of speakers has to share at "Leadercast".

"Leading from good to great does not mean coming up with the answers and then motivating everyone to follow your messianic vision. It means having the humility to grasp the fact that you do not yet understand enough to have the answers and then to ask the questions that will lead to the best possible insights. The good-to-great companies in our research had a penchant for intense dialogue”

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