Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia
Last week, four SUPPLY.com-ers made their way to the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth to attend Leadercast Live. As the largest one-day leadership event in the world, Leadercast is a great place to learn tips from speakers on how to effectively manage others by first learning how lead yourself.
Craig Coogler, Business Development Manager, is a big fan of Leadercast – he attended last year, this year, and definitely plans to go back next year. Pastor and bestselling author Andy Stanley was one of Coogler’s favorite speakers:
“The biggest takeaway from his session was ‘We face our greatest leadership challenge every morning in the mirror.’ That really resonated with me.”
Dana Towns, Customer Success Advocate, was impressed by Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. Lohrenz spoke about having a positive attitude, a lesson that struck Towns as important in her own life:
“I work my best when I have a positive attitude – even when the entire building is on fire and none of our emails are sending, and a dinosaur is in the break room. I am still able to be productive at home and at work when my attitude is positive.”
“At SUPPLY.com we believe that we can only grow as a team if we are also growing as individuals, professionals, and leaders. For that reason, we love sending our employees to Leadercast and seeing them come back with new resources and tools for success.”
–Harrison Rogers, Vice President, General Manager
Other speakers included Joe Torre, former manager of the New York Yankees and Dr. Mae Jemison, an engineer, physician, and NASA astronaut. They, along with several other inspiring speakers, told their personal stories for success, while also giving the audience tools to figure out their own best methods as leaders.
For example, speaker Ian Morgan Cron is a huge advocate of the Enneagram Personality Test and recommends that people study it to understand both themselves and to enhance compassion for those around them. The idea of knowing your own strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies to best relate to those around you played into the theme “2018 Is the Year of Leading Yourself.” As Senior Account Manager Jessyca Chapman, who attended the event, put it:
“Leading yourself is the best way to make sure you’re leading others with integrity, moral and ethical standards because you will treat others how you want to be treated.”
Chapman says that the “Hot Shot Rule” is the best tool she got out of Leadercast. This rule asks you to imagine that you are no longer in your current role, and what improvements to your work the replacement employee would make. Then, strive to become that improved version that you envisioned.
At SUPPLY.com, we encourage our employees to learn, grow, and to be their best self. We love seeing our leaders making it their mission not only to be the best version of themselves, but to be able to effectively lead others with understanding and respect. We agree with Coogler, who says that his goal is “for everyone in a leadership role within SUPPLY.com to be able to attend this amazing event.” See you next year, Leadercast!