Willow Journal – Outreach to local leaders

I’ve often thought what a good opportunity the inspirational GLS DVD sessions present to churches to reach out to leaders within their community.

There are several ways this could be done, so here are a few ideas for starters:

1. Celebrate local school teachers

Invite teachers and parents to the evening and create a dynamic atmosphere.
Show a relevant DVD session (e.g. Wendy Kopp ‘Stand Up and Lead’ or Marcus Buckingham ‘Go Put Your Strengths to Work’. See list below).
Provide refreshments.
Facilitate well – follow the DVD session with a short interview of a local headteacher or inspiring teacher. Find a story of a pupil who was inspired by their teacher.

2. Encourage social sector leaders

The interview with Jim Collins’ in 2006  is inspiring stuff for anyone who works in the social sector.
Invite and salute all those involved in the social sector locally. Show the session, provide refreshments, have an interview, share a story, etc.

3. Offer free world-class training for local business leaders

Send an invite to local businesses with details of a series for business leaders and managers.
Have a business person who is a member of your church (and a good communicator) facilitate the series.
Businesses usually pay hundreds and thousands in training fees. Imagine their surprise when they hear that the local church is providing top level training from the likes of Jim Collins, Daniel Pink, Marcus Buckingham, Patrick Lencioni etc.
Provide refreshments and abound in excellence…

Just a few ideas for starters then. I’ve put a list of sessions that I would perhaps use below. See what else you can come up with.

Will Salmon



Recommended Sessions

  • 2003 – for Patrick Lencioni’s presentation, ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’
  • 2004 – Marcus Buckingham’s presentation for leaders and managers, ‘The One Thing You Need to Know’ is superb
  • 2005 – ‘Making a Great Idea Fly’ by Colleen Barrett will work well for company directors and manager. ‘The Mental Toughness of a Leader’ by Jack Groppel is great across all sectors.
  • 2006 – Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni and Ashish Nanda’s session are great across the sectors.
  • 2007 – Carly Fiorina’s session is a powerful session to show business leaders.
  • 2008 – Wendy Kopp for schools and Catherine Rohr for Christians involved in community projects.
  • 2009 – Gary Hamel for business leaders, David Gergen for local government and Chip and Dan Heath for all sectors.
  • 2010 – Terry Kelley for business, Daniel Pink and Blake Mycoskie for all sectors.
  • 2011 – Len Schlesinger for business, Michelle Rhee for schools, and for all sectors these sessions are top – Patrick Lencioni, Cory Booker, Henry Cloud, Seth Godin



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