Friday, August 12, 2005

Session Seven and a half: Groppel

Great start to this session with Glenn Kaiser, who started Jesus People USA. Strange format here, but session 7 and 1/2 features Dr. Jack Groppel, adjunct Professor of Management at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (fit THAT on your business card!) The session is called "The Mental Toughness of a Leader." 1. You will respond to any storm the way you train. 2. If you access the wrong emotion, even the simplest task will be impossible to attain. The key to enduring storms is practice, and as leaders, we almost never practice. How should we be training? We each have "wells of energy" -- physical, emotional, mental & spiritual -- energy is fininte. Great leaders mobilize, refocus and renew energy. You can regain the most amount of energy throuh the physical and spiritual. Basically, this talk is all about how to recapture one's energy. There are extensive notes for this section in the Conference's an overview: FULL ENGAGEMENT PRINCIPLES: [This is from a book.]
  1. 1. Full Engagement requires drawing on four distinct but connected dimensions of energy: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
  2. 2. Full Engagement requires that we balance energy expenditure (investment) with energy recovery.
  3. 3. Full Engagement requires that we push beyond our normal limits, training like an elite athlete every day.
  4. 4. Full Engagement requires positive rituals -- precise behaviors that become automatic over time. Fully committed to the mission.

I think Dr. Groppel is good. I really do. However, he's talking about refocusing energy and he has talked for 70 minutes straight now...I'm really tired...I need to recover energy.

HE'S DONE...73 minutes!! If you'd like more information about Full Engagement, check out this site.

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