Wednesday, April 28, 2010

CATALYST WEST: What I learned from Donald Miller, Scott Belsky, Kay Warren, Wes Stafford, and Andy Stanley


Donald Miller – Author, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” and “Blue Like Jazz” (
  • We often try to avoid problems, danger, and conflicts, but those are the things that make life thrilling, interesting, and gets us to big results. Every good story has a character that wants something and overcomes an obstacle to get it.
  • What is the something I’m going for? What’s my story about? Will I overcome the obstacles to get it? What if…
Scott Belsky – Founder and CEO, Behance & Author, “Making Ideas Happen” (
  • When working with the creative, set clear guidelines and timelines.
  • In our culture there are too many incoming information vessels (Twitter, Facebook, Emails, Instant Messaging, Texts, etc), so create windows of non-stimulation in your day and week: no task list… do only the important things, not the urgent ones.
  • Create short-term goals and measure your progress. Share them with others so that you stay accountable to them.
  • Measure the effectiveness of meetings with the action steps that result from them.
Kay Warren – Author, “Dangerous Surrender” and wife of Rick Warren, Saddleback Church ( / Wess Stafford, President of Compassion International (
  • If our faith is genuine, we must do something about the poor, orphans, and widows in the world. It is not optional; it is a requirement of our faith. (James 1:27)
Andy Stanley, Lead Pastor or Northpoint Community Church & Author, “The Principle of the Path” (
  • LEADERSHIP WISDOM: The less you do, the more you accomplish. The less you do, the more you enable others to accomplish. So do only what only you can do.
  • Focus on your strengths, position others to make up for your weaknesses.
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