Catalyst Brainstorming Meeting

Having a big brainstorming meeting today with about 50 creative, highly energetic leaders. Thinking through how to make the Catalyst October experience one of the best ever. 

Many of you obviously can’t be here with us because of location. So if you have any ideas to throw in the hat, feel free to leave comments here and we’ll add them to the list. Fun moments, programming, experience items, memorable videos, etc. 

As leaders, I encourage you to reach out to peers and other influencers in your area and include them in whatever initiative or project you are working on. The power of many minds collaborating, dreaming and creating together is much greater than you working on something alone. Whether you are planning a Sunday morning church experience, a staff retreat, a marketing plan, a business plan, or pitching a new product, it’s always more fun and almost always more valuable when you include “outsiders” in the process.

Behind the Scenes with FEE

I am a big fan, and good friends with FEE. The band has been involved with pretty much every Catalyst event/experience the last several years. Steve Fee, Matt Adkins, Heath Baltzglier, and Brandon Coker are the real deal. 

They are talented musicians and leaders, and also pretty fun to hang out with, as evidenced by the video below. A little behind the scenes at our recent Catalyst One Day gathering in Dallas. 

Start (End) of Week quick hits

A few links and items of interest: 

– interesting article in Fast Company on connecting to multi-cultural youth through mobile platforms.

– One of the best written books I’ve read in the last 10 years- As We Forgive, by Catherine Claire Larson, documenting stories of reconciliation from the Rwandan genocide. 

– The One Prayer campaign now is in the third week of four. 1900 churches and over 1 million in attendance represented by this global initiative of unity and prayer in the Church. We participated at 12Stone this morning with Craig Groeschel on video. 

– If you are a songwriter or musician, Wednesday, July 1 is the deadline for submitting a song for the Catalyst Music Project. More details on the site. 

– Good article in TIME on how Twitter is changing the way we live. 

– USA goes down to Brazil in the finals of the Confederation Cup, 3-2. Led 2-0 early in the first half. Valiant effort by the home team. Not a big soccer fan, but always cheer for the team wearing the USA jersey, no matter what the sport. We’ll see if this changes the landscape of soccer in the USA. Probably not. 

– Check out this quick video of Catalyst’s very own Jason Haynes tearing it up, prom 1987 style. Nice!

What’s Your Style of Leadership?

There are lots of tests, assessments, seminars, conferences, training centers, and workbooks available today that are supposed to help you determine your leadership style. Many of these are very helpful, and very accurate. I’ve taken lots of them. 

But someone asked me the other day, “With only three words, describe your leadership style.” I had to think about that one. Tough question. 

My answer: focus, fun, execute.

Obviously there is no right answer to that question, but those were the first three words that came to mind. I’ve seen this style manifested in all the different places over the last several years where i’ve had a leadership role.

A phrase that would describe our culture here at Catalyst that we use all the time: “work hard and play hard.” Whatever we are doing, we give 110% and always want to deliver- an excellent result. Whether working on a brochure, programming, curriculum, or playing basketball or kickball at our office, we strive to be the best at everything we do. Another phrase I think describes my style is “calm but intense.” Especially in environments like producing an event where things can be chaotic and multiple decisions have to be made instantly.

I believe this naturally flows out of my leadership style. Not sure if it is “in style” or not, but that’s my style. Try three words for yourself- it’s tough, but will help in determining your own style.

Charity: Water

The lack of clean drinking water around the world is a major problem. I saw this first hand in Rwanda. Outside of the major cities, Rwandans had no access to clean water, except in villages where water wells had been put in.

This is a global challenge, and several organizations are working hard to combat it- Rwanda Clean Water, Blood:Water Mission, and Charity: Water among others. 

Had the chance to speak with Scott Harrison several days ago about Charity: Water and the great work they are doing. As the founder and chief visionary, his big goal is not just to combat the issue, but to solve it.

We discussed a BIG idea that he and the Charity: Water team are working on for 2010 that will put a major dent in the water crisis. Reality is- together we can do this, especially with the collective effort of the global Church in partnership with businesses, governments and NGO’s. 

Make sure to check out the great work Charity: Water is doing. 

Best rates for Catalyst Atlanta end today

Make sure to register today for the best rates on attending the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta on October 7-9, 2009. After today (Thursday), rates go up, so take advantage of the lower ticket prices now if you plan on attending. You can save up to $130 by registering early. 

I know I am biased, but I think this year’s speaker lineup is the best ever- Andy Stanley, Louie Giglio, Francis Chan, Matt Chandler, Malcolm Gladwell, Tony Dungy, Dave Ramsey, Chuck Swindoll, Rob Bell, Shane Hipps, Priscilla Shirer, and many more. 

Preview for this year.

Highlights from last year. 

Follower vs. Fan

Follower vs. Fan.Is there a difference? 

Followers are committed. Fans can be fickle.

Followers trust their leader. Fans trust their leader only when it benefits them.

Followers want a vision. Fans want a show. 

Followers ask “what have i done for you?” lately. Fans ask “what have you done for me lately?” 

Followers are in for the long term. Fans are in for the short term. 

are you a follower or a fan?