Joseph Grenny: Mastering the Skill of Influence

Post by Tommy Bowman

Joseph Grenny, author of the book Influencer: The Power To Change Anything  reminded us right from the top that leadership is intentional influence. He also reminded leaders of one of our biggest mistakes: when we see people’s behaviors and attribute it to a lack of commitment or resolve. The reality is, we as leaders are not harnessing the six sources of influence in their lives.

1. Personal Motivation – The influence of the pain or pleasure of the behavior itself.

  • People can change the way they feel about any choice.

2. Personal Ability – The influence of skill.

  • Involve people in deliberate practice of a certain skill.

3. Social Motivations – The influence of peer pressure.

  • Replace accomplices with friends and coaches.

4. Social Ability – The influence of strength in numbers.

  • Enlist the power of those who motivate.

5. Structural Motivation – The influence of strength and rewards.

  • Link rewards to personal behaviors.

6. Structural Ability – The influence of environment.

  • Use the power of space, data, cues, tools and other environmental processes

These influences will either work for you or against. You can’t use one and ignore the other five. Joseph showed data that shows that when you use all six the results are 10 times better. You want to change the world, you need to change behavior.

The bonus tip that he gave us was that leaders and organizations who start with Influence #2 and then go to #1 have the best result.

In your leadership, what is the one influence you already utilize? What is the one influence you need to be the most intentional about harnessing?

Tommy is the Directional Leader at Mission Church in the suburbs of Chicago. Tommy’s passion is to take proven leadership values and principles from the business world and implement them into the world of church and church teams.

Henry Cloud: Reversing The Death Spiral Of A Leader

Post by Matt Perman

Imparting practical and effective wisdom for improving leadership skill and workplace performance, Henry Cloud is the author of more than 20 books, including the four-million selling Boundaries series.

Here are my notes on Henry Cloud’s session, which was fantastic just like his message two years ago on three kinds of people .

  • As leaders, you are people who take charge and do stuff.
  • Leaders take the stewardship God has given them and exert their energy in that space to lead people and take ownership of that.
  • The hardest thing a leader has to be in charge of is himself.
  • Some leaders get results, and some don’t.
  • Some in the middle of here to there hit a block in the middle and start to stumble and fall because they can’t lead themselves.
  • How does a downward spiral of a leader happen?
  • The leaders who can stop a spiral: they think, feel, and behave differently than the ones who spiral out.
  • They put the smart guys who were pessimists, and the no-nothings who were optimistic, and the no-things out performed by 53%. The ones who believe they can will win every single time. The biggest factor on whether you will get from here to there is whether or not you believe it can be done. The number one factor is “do you believe that it can happen.” All leaders believe it can happen when they start, but then something happens—they get into a circumstance (and it will happen to you) where they become out of control (that is, not of their own doing—they are out of control of the circumstances behind them, and that begins to change their brain: learned helplessness).
  • We are designed by God to be in a cause and effect universe. But when we find ourselves in a circumstance where there are things we cannot control that are affecting us. What happens to the brain in a situation that you can’t control? It begins to change—in some predictable ways. The three Ps.
  • The brain begins to change in the ways it interprets everything around you.

The Spiral

1. Personal

The brain begins to interpret that in a personal way. “Why didn’t that sale happen? I’m no good.” Or a failed capital campaign. Or whatever. You interpret in a way that “I’m not good enough.” Every leader does stuff that doesn’t work. But the “dummies” don’t take it personally. They say “I guess they weren’t ready, or I need to tweak the presentation.” But they don’t conclude it’s because “I’m not good enough.” And they go on to succeed.

But for those who take it personally, the brain begins to shut down, and goes to the next P.

2. Pervasive

They then generalize from this. “My whole life sucks.” It goes to a different region of the brain and everything goes bad. Then there’s another event. You get an email that’s critical. It reinforces the first to Ps. Then to the third p:

3. Permanent

You think it’s permanent. Once the brain begins to go into this state, even the best performers can get here, but there’s a way out.

Science and the Bible always agree in a place called reality. If they’re not agreeing, you have goofy science or whacky Christians, and there’s no shortage of either.

We see David in the Bible going here. We see great leaders here.

When your brain is going negative, the things you can do to change things—you don’t do them anymore.

How do you get out of it? You have to reverse the three Ps.

Reversing the Spiral

1. Log them and dispute them

  • Write down the negative thoughts. 99% of will be absolutely false. Then you find the themes, and start to dispute them. You dispute it with God’s word. “What do you mean you aren’t good enough? You are my workmanship (Eph 2:10).” There is a difference between your brain and your mind. Your brain is a physiological organ that can give off false signals.
  • Dispute the personal stuff, dispute the pervasive stuff. One client might be mad at you, but another one loves you. It’s not pervasive. When you begin to look at the whole picture, life changes. Your life is a movie, not a scene. Every great movie has crisis scenes in it. It’s the people that see it as a scene that make it through. And it’s not permanent because there’s a hope for you.

2. Get back in control

  • What caused this problem? The loss of control. Write two columns. What you can control and what you can’t control. Obsessive about what you can’t control as hard as you can—for five minutes. Then take action on the stuff you can control.
  • Some passengers said about an airline: “It’s like they hate us. It’s like they don’t want us to be here.”
  • Dispute the negative noise and get back in control of what you can do.

3. Connect

  • Your brain turns to a cesspool of stress if it is focused on things it can’t control. The brain runs on oxygen, glucose, and relationships. So you must connect.
  • The opposite of bad is love. You don’t start trying to do good to feel better. You connect—relationships. Once you start to feel good in relationship, you forget about whether you are doing good or bad, and you begin to solve problems.
  • Study: when they connected, the brain changed.
  • Connect, connect, connect. When you feel the spiral starting, connect and your brain will change.
  • A can-do attitude is something that will give you confidence. What God wants for you is a “find-a-way” thinking.

What were your greatest take-aways from Dr. Henry Cloud’s session?

Matt Perman does consulting for churches, business, and non-profits and is the author of What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done, coming in 2014. He blogs at

Courage: A Difference Maker in Leadership and Life

Without fail, speaker after speaker graced the WCA Global Leadership Summit stage on day one imploring us to be courageous. From the opening session with Willow Creek Community Church Senior Pastor Bill Hybels to the final interview session with Hollywood producer Mark Burnett, courage in leadership was practically demanded by every teacher. Courage with our calling and courage with our people were the top two areas emphasized.


We all have a calling in life. Some of us are called to lead companies. Other of us are called to lead teams. Many more are called to lead families. Regardless your calling, our   #wcagls leaders reminded us, again and again, that courage in your calling is a dealbreaker. Attorney and entrepreneurial leader Bob Goff said, “If we were not afraid, we’d live the life worthy of our calling.”

He is right on point. The day we get a glimpse of what we are called do is the day we must decide to stare our greatest fears in the face and defy them. It is not a one-time deal, it is a daily decision to get up and pursue our life’s work. Our calling deserves our attention and accountability. We owe it to the calling to live no other way. How else will we motivate the people we do life with to join us in the calling if we ourselves are afraid to go for it.


People in our lives need us to be courageous as well. Whether it’s the family you lead or the team at work, the people we lead expect us to have the courage to take care of the entities we head. We must ensure that the environment we lead is a healthy one where the inhabitants can grow and flourish. Business strategist Patrick Lencioni challenged us to know the people who work with us. Take an interest, make certain we know our people so that they can live up to their best potential and have the courage to face their own callings.

Relational courage is of utmost importance in our lives both in business and personal settings. Burnett stated that “unresolved emotional conflict drains the energy from an organization.” It takes courage to face conflict with others. It takes courage to root out toxic behavior. We cannot move toward our collective or individual calling without courage in our relationships.

Reflect today on ways you can be more courageous in your calling and with the people you do life with.

Courage can make all the difference in your leadership and in your life.

Accidental entrepreneur, author and TEDx speaker Denise W. Barreto brings a fresh marketplace perspective to the WCA GLS team this year. A seasoned corporate strategist with over 20 years of marketing experience across multiple industries, Denise is the founder and managing partner of Relationships Matter Now, LLC, a boutique strategic business and marketing consultant firm.

A Badge of Importance

One week ago, 78,000 leaders gathered in locations all around the United States and Canada to make an investment in their leadership. What’s happened since then?

If you attended The Global Leadership Summit, it is likely that you’ve travelled, returned home, unpacked, re-connected with family, shared what was great about your experience, preached a sermon, and picked up the to-do list that accumulated while you pushed pause to attend a two-day conference.

The bigger question, what happened within you?

We often move from one mountaintop experience to the next, filled with renewed energy and sometimes vision, ready to take the next hill…and then life takes over.

One week later, we’re back in our routine often forgetting what exactly got us so excited.

John Ortberg notices that our society celebrates busyness. Actually, it can become a “badge of importance,” he says. So much so, we will allow ourselves to become severed from the very things that matter. Namely, a life-giving connection to God.

As you descend the Summit, or look back over the last week, has busyness caused you to disconnect from what is actually important?

Watch this video to hear more about busyness and the badge of importance from John Ortberg.

You just experienced a taste of Transform Your Leadership: 30 Days—a free resource designed to support your leadership development following The Global Leadership Summit. To experience all 30 days of encouragement and insight with 34 inspiring leaders, sign up today at

A Thank You To Our Partners

WCA is honored to partner with churches and organizations doing around the world. We want to extend a thanks to our partners, because together we can make a difference.

269 Host Sites, partnering with WCA by hosting the Summit around the U.S.

Compassion International, partnering with WCA and local churches to change the story of children around the world.

American Bible Society, partnering with Willow Creek Association to find answers around an issue that threatens the future of the Church in the U.S…Bible engagement.

And a big THANK YOU to the:

  •          Online Experience Team
  •          Summit Volunteers
  •          Production Teams
  •          Staff

And many more that served to create the Summit experience this year.

Thank you!

Stay Connected To The Summit Year-Round

The Summit goes beyond a 2 day event. It’s a year-round experience happening around the world. Stay connect throughout the year and engage in a community of over 170,000 leaders.

Twitter: Tweet using @wcagls and/or use hashtag #wcagls

Instagram: Follow videos and photos throughout the year

Facebook: Like Us on Facebook and join the conversation

LinkedIn: Link up with us on your professional network

Flickr: View and download photos

WCA Blog: Learn and process content from a variety of leaders

Summit Website: Follow the Summit and whats happening around the world this fall

WCA Website: Get free resources, learn about WCA membership, and stay up-to-date with WCA

We believe that the local church is the hope of the world, when it’s working right. A culture of Christ-centered leadership can change individual lives, churches, businesses, governments, schools, and home. Stay connected year-round…the stakes are high.

A Social Summit

Months leading up to the Summit, the idea of Social Media became more than Twitter or Facebook. Social Media is meant for strategy through relationship, when it’s done right.

After working through new ideas, strategies, and connecting with some amazing people around the world, a team was birthed to lead the social media efforts for The Global Leadership Summit 2013.

Serving to enhance Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WCA Blog, and the Web experience, the analytics are astounding. The Summit trended #1 and reached millions of people world-wide.

This team exemplified social media at its best. 

Let’s give a round-of-applause to the amazing Online Experience Team and to all who helped spread and share the word about the launch of The Global Leadership Summit 2013. This is just the beginning…

Meet our Onsite Online Experience Team:

Charles Lee, Ideation

Tim Schraeder, SomeCompany

Justin Wise, SomeCompany

Laura Crosby, Engage International

Jenni Catron,

Laura Turner, Writer

Denise Barreto, Relationships Matter Now

Tommy Bowman, Mission Church

Ian Philpot, Willow Creek Community Church

Meet our Extended Online Experience Team: 

Drew Gneiser, Feed My Starving Children

Ashley Williams, Catalyst and Leadercast

Ben Aaker, CrossRoads Church

Kristen Raves, Grace Community Church

Carrie Kintz, Focus on the Family

Kyle Reed, Crosspoint Church

Jason Inman, Convoy of Hope

Matt Brown,

Clark Campbell, Church of God

Seth Magnuson, Desiring God

Marty Duren, Social Media Strategist

Nathan Smoyer, Logos

Laurie Nichols, Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College

Daniel Guy, Assemblies of God

Mark Forrester, Assemblies of God

Dan Rockwell, LeadershipFreak

Jim Gray, ThirtyThirtyPM

Scott Williams, Big is the New Small

Adam Hann, LCBC Church

Justin Brackett, Seacoast Church

Sean Burroughs, The City Church

Johanna Price, Eagle Brook Church

Brendan Stark, Harvest

Sam Hoover, Focus on the Family

It has been an honor and a privilege to have this team play a part in The Global Leadership Summit 2013. 

To see some Summit stats, check out this info-graphic from Will Mancini & team HERE.

Just the Beginning…

The Global Leadership Summit 2013 launched August 8-9 reaching more than 75,000 attendees across the U.S. This fall the GLS will be brought to 100 countries reaching an additional 100,000+ leaders.

View this brief highlights video of what took place last week and remember…

This is just the beginning.

Oscar Muriu Session

Post by Tommy Bowman

1. The size of your harvest depends on how many leaders you have.

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38

  • The harvest is plentiful
  • The more harvesters we commission the greater the harvest.
  • Jesus’ strategy was to first find His leaders.
  • He didn’t throw himself into the work, He developed leaders
  • If you don’t have leaders around you, your influence will only stretch to your own personal capacity.
  • Your legacy is not how hard you worked, it’s how many leaders you raised up.

2. Don’t live just for your generation.

Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalm 71:18

  • You have to instill your vision into the next generation.
  • Pour your best energy into the next generation.
  • We must surround ourselves with the next generation of leaders.
  • We must build a leadership engine that lives on after us.

3. Identify the budding leaders around you and take them to the Lord in prayer.

The Lord said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. Numbers 11:16

  • Pray that God would put the DNA of our spirit on the leaders around us.
  • some of your best leaders are right under your nose.
  • We must believe in raising up sons and daughters in our God-given vision.

4. Instill the five loves into your budding leaders.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:30-33

  • Loving the Lord with all your heart is a matter of character.
  • Loving the Lord with all your soul is a matter of conviction.
  • Loving the Lord with all your mind is a matter of comprehension
  • Loving the Lord with all your strength is a matter of competence
  • Loving your neighbor is a matter of compassion.

5. Never do ministry alone. Always have leaders around you.

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13

  • To be alone is to waste an opportunity to mentor a young leader.
  • Immerse young leaders in your leadership opportunities.

About Tommy Bowman: Tommy is the Directional Leader at Mission Church in the suburbs of Chicago. Tommy’s passion is to take proven leadership values and principles from the business world and implement them into the world of church and church teams.