GLS Day One – Patrick Lencioni Session Notes

GLS Day One – Patrick Lencioni Session Notes


Each year I attend The Global Leadership Summit from the satellite location at my home church in Lafayette, IN.  This year, I’ve been invited to be a part of the social media/live-blogging team to share my notes from this year’s Summit.  So, tune in for the next 2 days and catch the notes from each of the speakers.

It’s my hope that these notes will not only add value to you as a leader, but also give you some practical ideas to share the notes with your team.  Also, I’ll have some extras for you, so you’ll want to check back often and see what’s happening!  Lastly, head over to my Facebook page to join in on the conversation and let’s share our favorite quotes and take-aways there!

The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event telecast LIVE in HD from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August to hundreds of locations in North America. You are invited to join an expected 305,000 people committed to getting better as leaders in 2016. Throughout the fall, Summit events take place at an additional 675+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages.

PatrickLencioni_Color (1)Patrick Lencioni

Bestselling Author; Founder of The Table Group

Patrick Lencioni is the author of 10 business books that have sold nearly 5 million copies, including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team . The Wall Street Journal called him one of the most sought after business speakers in America, and he consults on topics related to leadership and organizational health. A Summit favorite, Lencioni’s upcoming release, The Ideal Team Player, explores the three essential virtues that accelerate teamwork and predict team success.

  • Are some individuals better at overcoming the 5 dysfunctions of a team?
  • You have to come up with your own organizational values – don’t just copy another company’s.
  • There are three things that if a person possesses them, they are better at overcoming the 5 dysfunctions of a team. (The ideal team player)
    • Humility
    • Hungry
    • Smart
  • To be a great team player you can’t have an ego or be arrogant.
  • A person who downplays their skills and abilities – that’s not humility.
  • Hungry – someone with a strong work ethic, always wants to go above and beyond, passionate, and doesn’t want to be thought of as a slacker.
  • Smart doesn’t mean IQ, it means EQ – people smarts.
  • Hiring people simply for intelligence isn’t a good idea.
  • A person who is humble, but lacks hunger and smarts is not a good team player.
  • People are only hungry, not humble or smart, is a “bulldozer” – they get stuff done but leave a trail of bodies behind them.
  • A person who is just smart and not humble or hungry are the person who is the life of the party but never get anything done.
  • The tough ones in an organization to identify are those that have 2 of the 3 areas.
  • People who are humble and hungry, but lack smarts emotionally, are called the “accidental mess-maker.”
  • Those who are humble and smart but lack hunger are called “Lovable slackers.”
  • Lovable slackers do just enough work and that’s it.  They don’t go above and beyond.
  • People who are hungry and smart without humility are called the “skillful politician.”
  • Skillful politicians know how to make themselves look good and can inspire people to follow them.
  • Which of these are you lacking in?
  • Rank each of the 3 in order of strengths for you.
  • When you give people permission to evaluate themselves it’s better.
  • When we develop our people, we have to have the courage to talk to them and let them know when they need critical feedback.
  • If you hold people accountable, they’re either going to get better or they’re going to opt out on their own.
  • Generally we overemphasize technical skills when hiring people.
  • We tend to over-focus on things that are measurable when hiring.
  • When interviewing, we should get people out of the office and let them do something so you can see how they operate in the real world.
  • When you interview, ask them questions more than once.
  • The right people are hungry, humble, and smart.
  • Scare people with sincerity – be clear with potential employees about your organization’s culture.
  • Ideal team players – Steph Curry, Alan Mulally, and Woody from Toy Story.
  • I think this is a golden age in leadership.

What did you hear from Patrick in his talk today?  Let’s continue the conversation over on Facebook!

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