Ted Talk is a nonprofit devoted to spreading idea. Many speakers talk at the conference promoting technology, design, and different ways of thinking of thinking and ideas. We watched Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action talk. Simon first talked about business and the model used by successful companies such as Apple. They start first with why they make the product and do what they do. Then, you work out from there and explain the when and how much. This way talks more to the customer, gets them to believe in the company and once they are invested it is easier to sell their product. Towards the end, Simon gets a little into how this works in leadership.
Everything “starts with why.” Why do you work? Why do you follow passions? Why do you lead? All of these are questions to ask yourself. The main concept I took from this Ted Talk is why. People initially follow a leader because they look up to them and have trust. Leaders must earn this trust. Once this occurs, the actual cause being worked towards will be easier. Everyone can work together as a whole. I enjoyed this Ted talk, and, although the area with most meaning to me came towards the end I still took a lot from it.
If I take anything from this Ted Talk it is definitely living by “why”. Do not focus on the outcome, focus on the reasons behind what you are doing. Then, focus on the journey. If you truly believe in why you are doing something, anything else after will come with ease. I can take this thinking into my daily life by not focusing on the materialistic things around you. Do not look at something in life and think how it can benefit you, but how you can positively affect the others involved and make a difference in their lives. If you do this, good things will come your way. An effective leader believes in why he is leading and wants to make everyone around them better.
The question at hand is “does leadership come from a ‘yes’ or ‘no?'” In my opinion, leadership comes from no. Yes goes hand in hand with the easy answer. A no can cause you to think. No is taking the road least traveled. The road that you will find yourself among fellow Leaders.
When most people think of the word “no” they assume you are turning something down. This is most definitely not the case. The most monumental moments in history came from a firm no. Just look at some examples like Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson. They fought for something greater then themselves. They did not like what was going on in society and they stood up for what they believed. All this came from a simple no. The word no shows character. It shows that you have unique thoughts and opinion and that you are no afraid to show them.
“No” is more than just a word. It represents standing up for what you believe. It is making your own choices, not what other people want or expect from you. The answer yes requires no explanation. You say no it requires and response and to think deep. It takes guts to say no and challenge ideas. If you aren’t challenging yourself and the people around you, growth will not come. Being a Leader comes from making a change and following what you believe. People don’t follow someone who complies to everyone else’s needs and the status quo. They go against the tide. Do not say yes to please others. Stand at the top of the tallest building in the biggest city and yell at the top of your lungs, “No!”
“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” -Tony Blair
Connections Leadership Conference is an event put on by the Leadership Institute that takes 15o leaders on campus, including all LAS freshman and students involved in RSOs, student council, and other groups on campus, to advance our Leadership skills and make connections with our fellow CMU leaders. We woke up on November 7th to travel up to Traverse City and stay at the Great Wolf Lodge. I was ready to listen to some great speakers, connect with Central Michigan students, and of course get a little wet at the water park. As i traveled on the bus, I did not quite know what I was getting myself into, this being my first conference, but I left 2 days later on the same bus thinking just how great my first conference was.
I learned a great deal at Connections Conference. I attended four speakers at Connections. The first speaker talked about our D.A.M.N, then I attended Power of Positive Change: Start the Ball Rolling, Fierce Conversations, and Gaining Momentum on the Grid. I highly enjoyed every Speaker I went to and my favorite by far still was Fierce Conversations(I have a blog specifically about this so check it out). After the first night we got to have a fun night at the water park. Following all the fun we got to play a game that allowed us to mingle with all the CMU students here at the Conference.
For being my first Conference, I’d have to say it was quite a good one. I enjoyed every Speaker that I attended. The food was great despite what I had heard. How could I not enjoy, I mean anything you do surrounded by fellow Chippewas will be a good time. Overall, Connections was a great experience and if i would ever get an opportunity to be more involved in it I would in a heart beat.Thank you LAS and CMU for the opportunity as always!
Chase and I looking good at Connections.