EntreLeadership Summit 2019
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Firstly, so much gratitude to Dutch Bros. Coffee for making this event possible for all of us to attend! Out of 3,000 total attendees, Dutch Bros sent 400 incredible leaders to learn, grow and expand. Not only were we attending, but Trav Boersma (co-founder of DB) presented on the company and it’s culture during the event. He killed it and it was an honor to witness him in front of all of the “suits” in his Pearl Jam t-shirt, jeans and flip flops. What a treat to see DB’s brand authentically represented through all of these years. Plus, he had a lot of good “nuggets”, one of which is my favorite line of his “don’t be a dick” when it comes to leadership (and being a human). I’m finally starting to recover from this fun-filled week with so much content and socializing (my voice is back, hoorah!), but our mission at BZen Wellness has never been more clear: We are here to help compassionate leaders learn radical self care through: Yoga, mindfulness, PEMF therapy, retreats & coaching. There were some excellent take-aways from this week, however, we would have loved to hear more about the importance of wellness in business! It’s an area that is lacking in a lot of businesses and that’s what we are here to do: to help leaders learn the tools they need to be the most effective and present for their teams without needing more sick days and spending their days off feeling their best (not their worst). It’s a win, win, right? Here are our top lessons from EntreLeadership with some of the world’s top leaders:
Carey Lohrenz— the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot and author of “Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck”. It’s incredible to see a woman rise up and fight against adversity. She was told time and again that she wouldn’t be able to be a pilot in the Navy as a female, and yet she persevered.
“Fearless leaders recognize that failures will occur and that the real enemy is not failure, but FEAR of failure.”
Thank you, Carey for paving the way for us females!
“simply, don’t complicate things... simplify the complicated... all you can do is ALL you can do, and all you can do is enough.”
Provide your people with recognition, praise & motivation, and watch them thrive!
“...Being a leader— at least a great one— is a largely sacrificial endeavor, one with far greater costs than benefits.” The ideal team player is humble, hungry & smart. “Stop focusing on technical skills over behavioral/attitudinal skills.”
I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for someone, any of the presenters to talk about the importance of rest and rejuvenation as a leader. I was a little disappointed to see a lack in this area of content as a wellness entrepreneur; however, I was really pleased and grateful for what everyone had to share.
Firstly, we have been more than well-aware of this, but a reminder is always greatly appreciated:
“you are the average of 5 people you spend the most time with. In order to do what you want to do, you have to be around people who are doing it and in places where it’s happening.”
Make friends who inspire & uplift you. Shed the downers and individuals who aren’t living their best lives. Surround yourself with people who you see a future with!
Be around people who:
Hold you accountable
“Leaders intentionally put themselves in places where they can learn and grow. Leaders who stop learning are no longer leading. One of the most important places leaders need to be in is a place of REST (intentional quieting of the head & heart).”
“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”
He defined rest as time to get alone and get quiet. As leaders we are constantly being pulled in all directions and surrounded by so many people. Taking intentional time to be quiet and alone is extremely important. Finally! Ken Coleman gets it, and this is the good juice.
Ken also addressed burn-out and build-up. Before burnout, there is always a buildup. A buildup of overwhelm on the leader trickles down to the team. The team will then begin to feel under appreciated and under valued.
If we can learn to notice when buildup is occurring, we can be preventative and take some time for radical self care (aka notice the buildup, recalibrate, & rest). Choosing to take the morning for extra rest or that fitness class you’ve been trying to get to instead of trying to push past your threshold can lead to some great results when you show up to the office as your best self!
His last message was to keep learning & growing,
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” When we stop learning, we die.
From reading books, listening to podcasts, immersing in seminars/workshops, to learning more about your team and from your team— there is always time to learn something new or create a new idea.
Thank you Ken Coleman for addressing this!
Simon Sinek was someone I was so excited to hear. My favorite quote from him in our workbook is,
“So goes the leader, so goes the culture. So goes the culture, so goes the company.”
Company culture is extremely important in running a successful & meaningful business, but it all starts with the leader. It’s vital for the leader to take care of themselves so they can take care of their people & their business. Self-care in leadership is not selfish, it demonstrates a healthy lifestyle and inspires & pushes your team to do the same.
Day 3 was awesome with some incredible leaders & presentations!
Peyton Manning the NFL’s MVP came in hot with more wisdom to keep learning and growing throughout this lifetime. Success is a marathon, not a sprint.
Jesse Itzler, bestselling author, endurance athlete, owner of the Atlanta Hawks, CO-founded Marquis Jet, the worlds largest prepaid private jet membership card company in 2001, which was then sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. He then partnered with Zico Coconut Water which sold to Coca Cola in 2013. He had some excellent points in his energetic talk:
“Limitations are often self-imposed”
“Remember tomorrow— how will today’s choices affect your tomorrow?”
“Live your mission statement: spend time for yourself 10% of your day.”
“What is your fuck it list (aka bucket list)”
“Say no to B.S.”
Last but definitely not least, Sara Blakely founder & CEO of SPANX, inc. and self-made billionaire!
She touched a bit on her belief on manifestation, the law of attraction & mindset.
“Spend time on your mental game, counter your negative self-talk after you become aware.”
She suggested ways to block out time without becoming scattered & overwhelmed.
“Plan your days/weeks— bucket your time (content creation, messaging, self-care, marketing, education, homework, reflection/redirection.” This is definitely an area that I can work on! Thanks for the tip, Sara.
“Our messages must be authentic! Show the beauty, show the ugly.” That’s that people want! “Sell the problem that you’re solving, not just your product.” What do you have that people need? “What makes you special? Why are you unique? How can you differentiate yourself?”
Something very valuable that she learned and practiced from a young age is that she was encouraged to fail. Failures were celebrated in her family and this lead to resilience. She now has “oops” meetings at SPANX where they all share mistakes and the lessons learned from them. How cool is that? Let’s all fail forward! Learn the lesson and move on!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading!
Your wellness team