Ephesians 5:15,16 (ESV) says, "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil."
I believe the one area the enemy of our souls would love to see neglected and thwarted all together is time invested toward events and practices that exponentially move us forward in our leadership and in our overall relationship with God. Such an event is the Leadership Summit taking place this Thursday and Friday August 7 & 8. I believe it is the subtle distractions that derail us from what potentially good be a life-changing experience. I have attended 10 of the 12 Leadership Summits to date and have learned a few things to leverage this learning experience to its maximum potential.
So here is how I prepare for the Leadership Summit:
- Pray - for a comprehensive list on how to pray for the summit click here.
- Prepare in advance by reading books by the speakers. For my Summit reading list click here.
- Plan with extra fervor. I mean in all areas of your life. If you have people watching the kids make sure they are well equipped with enough food, changes of clothes, activities to do etc., etc.-- I would hate to think that a critical moment in a session would be interrupted by my mom calling me because she does not know where the diapers are. If you are taking time off work, leave clear instructions on who is in charge of specific responsibilities, lay out clear parameters to what necessitates an interruption and have back up plans already in place.
- Put on the calendar now a time to re-engage with leaders to process learnings together.
- Resist the temptation to utilize breaks to check in with the office or catch up on work -- some of the best learnings come from conversations with other attendees immediately following a session.
- Structure your life around on-going, year round leadership development -- I believe this event is leveraged fully when it serves as a catalyst to an overall leadership growth plan.
- Treasure your intellectual capital and learnings. You receive a great conference notebook when you attend -- I personally take notes in a Moleskine journal.