Introduction of Keynote by Denise Sullivan: Welcome to the Leadership Challenge Forum 2008
Posted Oct 22 2008 9:30pm
LiveBlogging from the Keynote: Denise Sullivan: Emcee of Event:
How did we get here today? How did we come up with the Leadership Challenge Forum? We've had other events in the past with certified facilitators and affiliates and higher education people as well. At these events, you could feel the energy and how much people love the Leadership Challenge. What if we get them together to connect and network? And created a conference? And here we are today.
Then it dawned on us: we are publishers, not event coordinators. In early meetings we talked about how many people we wanted to show up. Wanted to have a cross-section of people, but still wanted it to be intimate. We came up with 200 people. Let's do it. I am very excited about it.
200 people is a lot of people. Someone asked: What is the backup plan if it doesn't work? What if we can't get 200 people? There is always someone who likes to consider themselves a realist—I consider them a buzz-kill.
Then we opened registration. Every day I am getting emails and then more and more registrations. It was like "It's a Wonderful Life" every day for me--every registration was like when an angel gets it wings.
It is amazing all the international people that found the conference. International people please stand up. [Round of applause]
Staples, Wells Fargo, UCSB, Stanford, Florida State, Parkview Medical . . . many companies and organizations. I am getting nervous about this conference. Who's going to take care of you when you are here? US Army and Homeland Security are here in case you are worried. We also have the Social Security Administration here. How many did we get? 200 with 25 on the waiting list. Next year we are planning 300.
This is not a lecture series, we want this to be interactive. Speakout rooms and roundtables--talk to us about what you'd like to be talking about and that will inform tomorrow's agenda.
Robert Thompson will be reading from " The Offsite" at lunch. [Please stand up Robert.] Look for him today.
Denise introduces Lisa Shannon. Lisa Shannon: I'm not going to talk about the history of the Leadership Challenge. What I ran into the airport bookstore was a book called " The Management Gurus" by Chris Lauer and on the cover is the Leadership Challenge. Reads from book about Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner and The Leadership Challenge: "Offering a detailed map . . . that describes how to use wisdom, courage, compassion to create a positive difference." That is what the conference is about: connecting at the human level. There is nothing like getting together and getting to know each other. Thank you for coming, now I'd like to turn it over to Jim for the keynote.