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    Leadercast 2016 Takeaways

    May 11, 2016

    Bark Team at Leadercast 2016

    Last Friday, a number of our team had the opportunity to spend the day at Leadercast Live, the largest one-day leadership event in the world. Over the years, we’ve heard speakers such as: Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Scott Harrison, Patrick Lencioni, Payton Manning, Simon Sinek, and Malala Yousafzai.

    And I thought that today, a few members of our team could share some of their key takeaways from this year’s installment of Leadercast Live:

    Priority 1 Is the Only Priority
    Priority was never meant to be plural. ‘What’s your second priority?’ feels like a normal question to ask in our business culture, but it doesn’t make sense to a person who needs water, shelter, housing, etc. To them, although the other things are important, water is so fundamental that everything else pales in comparison - it is the only priority. So what is our/your “water”? (Kat Cole)
    - Jordan Westman - Director, Sales & Marketing

    Hot Shot Rule
    If a 'hot shot' took over my job today, what is the one thing they would look at and say, “unacceptable”? Why can't I change that right now? (Kat Cole)
    - Linda Parry - Director, Client Services

    Get Off Auto-Pilot
    Being a good leader with great heart requires us to get off autopilot. Have fun, laugh, enjoy where you are. Always ask, “What’s needed now?” (Chris Barez-Brown)
    - Mike Lee - VP, User Experience

    Shake It Up
    Shaking up regular routines to keep your creative and mental potential at it’s highest. Slipping into “autopilot” is easy and can limit the potential you have of doing great work. Shaking up smaller routines (like which route to take to work) can help stay sharp mentally and keep the juices running. (Chris Barez-Brown)
    - Alex Beemer - Web Developer

    It’s About The Customer
    Understanding the user (customer, client, etc.) is the most important thing. (Steve Wozniak)
    - Jordan Westman - Director, Sales & Marketing

    Never Stop
    Success is momentary. Enjoy it. It’s over. What’s next? (Nick Suban)
    - Ray Majoran - CEO & CTO

    Focus on things small enough to change but big enough to matter. (Kat Cole)
    - Ray Majoran - CEO & CTO

    What problem do you solve?
    'If we are a solution to something, what is the problem?' And how this leads to clarity when talking to clients. (Andy Stanley)
    - Linda Parry - Director, Client Services

    Vision leaks…
    …it rarely sticks. As a leader, I have assumed many times that if I have stated it once, it is so. Boy was I wrong. (Andy Stanley)
    - Brian Klassen - President

    What, Not How
    Vision is about “what” not “how.” A compelling vision statement is simple and clear, and creates the momentum you need to figure out the “how." (Andy Stanley)
    - Mike Lee - VP, User Experience

    Clarity is Power
    It changes everything. It’s so powerful that in order to cause positive change, the foundation of what you are clarifying must be positive. If not, the change could/would be negative (e.g. Hitler). (Andy Stanley)
    - Brian Klassen - President

    Clarity in Leadership
    If you’re clear about your vision and direction, people will follow, often looking away from character flaws such as lacking integrity. The Presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Donald Trump are examples. (Andy Stanley)
    - Alex Beemer - Web Developer

    In closing, one thing you might note from those takeaways is some repetition - specifically on the theme of clarity, which is critically important to the success of an organization.

    Interestingly, it occurred to me as I listened to Andy Stanley’s talk that it wasn’t his first time speaking on clarity. He has repeated this critical insight and I think the reason for that is that although seemingly simple, clarity is incredibly difficult to maintain over the long term, so the need for it bears repeating - over-and-over again.

    At Gateseven, we are big believers in the need for organizational clarity. In fact, a few years ago, we created a brand-training course called Clarity+. That course starts with a look at just how fundamental organizational clarity is though the development of meaningful vision and mission statements. But then we take the idea of clarity a step further - that’s the plus!  It’s one thing to talk about clarity as a concept, but it’s difficult to maintain it consistently and practically. That’s what Clarity+ is meant to do - to review the critical need for clarity and then to give you some real-world tools to establish and maintain it in your organization.

    If you’re interested in joining us for Clarity+, feel free to check out our information page at: www.barkcommunications.com/clarityplus.