Anticipatory Leadership by Craig Groeschel (GLS18)

Craig Groeschel started and ended the Global Leadership Summit 2018.

He shared insights on how to develop Anticipatory Leadership:

Life Church in Oklahoma had a goal to eradicate Bible poverty so they created YouVersion.com but no one was using it. About 2 weeks away from shutting it down when Apple announced the Apps. The YouVersion app launched 10 years ago and 81,000 people downloaded it in the first weekend.
Now, 1/3 of a billion people have downloaded the free version of the app!
What if?
The difference between a good leader and a great leader is one who learns to anticipate rather than react.
“Most players skate to where the puck is. I skate to where the puck will be.” – Gretzky

How do we anticipate where things are going to make wise decisions today?

The way we are doing what we are doing will not be the way we are doing it in the future.
If we are not changing, we are falling further behind.
What you “know” may be wrong.
The area where we are most certain may become our area of vulnerability. This is the curse of confidence.

3 ways we are vulnerable when overly confident:

  1. Find it difficult to receive feedback
  2. Often answering more questions than asking.
  3. Assume too much and stop innovating.

3 Ds is anticipatory Leadership

Develop situational awareness. 
We don’t know what we don’t know. Self awareness is hard and organizational awareness is even harder.
Consider the Dunning-Kruger Effect – We do not know our areas of incompetence.
You can see high potential in people with humility but not in those with misplaced confidence.
Most leaders could learn from their mistakes
if they weren’t so busy denying them.
Look at everything. Look at product lines. Look at the locations. Look at the culture. Look at the health of the teams. Look at the leaders. Look at leadership pipeline.
Have the courage to honestly asses why something isn’t working.
Andy Stanley – “If you don’t know why something is working when it is, you won’t know how to fix it when it’s broken.”
Always ask 21 questions about something you think you already know the answer. Not trying to confirm your bias but to get to the bottom of the problem. Become an expert at diagnosing the current situations.
“The person who understands HOW will always have a job.
The person who understands WHY will always be his boss.- Emerson
Discern future threats and opportunities.
Practice by anticipating in areas outside of your expertise.
A threat to some may be an opportunity to others.
Embody healthy skepticism.
Ask: What could go wrong?
Lead with bold optimism.
Fear is a choice and so is faith.
When you see a problem, train yourself to think opportunity.
Limitation is the breeding ground of innovation.
“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen, and thinking what nobody has thought.” – Szent-Gyorgio
Disrupt what is with what could be.
See possibilities before others see them.
Is there something that disturbs you that you want to fix?
Some possible examples:
  • Contemporary is the new traditional. Substance is always the key.
  • Engage in the 167 hours of the week to get them involved in the 1 hour of the service.

What do we do from here?

  1. What is the true current stare of your organization, leadership?
    Why are we successful, flat, or struggling?
  2. If you were starting now what are you currently doing that you would not do? Why are you doing it?
  3. If you were starting over today, what would you attempt?
    So when will you attempt it?
Don’t whine about what it is. Create what is supposed to be!
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