Live Blog: 2016 Refresh Leadership Live Simulcast

RLLS_largeThe 2016 Refresh Leadership Live Simulcast is happening now! We will be here during the program live blogging some of the most impactful nuggets of wisdom our speakers share throughout the event.

Are you attending Refresh Leadership Live? Sound off in the comments section below to tell us about your favorite moments of the event.

Our emcee for today, motivational speaker Christine Cashen, is opening the event!
You might remember her as a keynote speaker from the 2014 Refresh Leadership Live Simulcast. We liked her so much, we had to have her back! Learn more about Christine.

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Express founder and CEO, Bob Funk takes the stage to share a welcome message.

  • “Express created the Refresh Leadership Live event seven years ago to give back to the communities in which we do business, and to help business leaders be the best that they can be.”
  • “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born … that there is a genetic factor to leadership. In fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” – Warren Bennis
  • “At Express, our vision is to help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find great people.”

Our first keynote speaker, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, is taking the stage. Here’s some info on his background and experience.

  • “You can ask a person one question and instantly determine their level of belief: Do you want to bet on it?”
  • “Never make the coaching process about yourself. Make it about the great people you work with and how proud you are of them.”
  • “Tell yourself: Leadership is not about me. Leadership is about them.”
  • “Stop asking for input – then expressing your opinion. It sounds like defensiveness, denial, rationalization, or making excuses. Fight that urge to make excuses, and just listen.”
  • “Why should I be trusted to control anything else if I cannot even control myself?” – Frances Hesselbein
  • “The key to making change last is you have to follow up and stick with it.”
  • “Business advice: Life is short, have fun. Do whatever you can do to help people. And, go for it.”

Shaq is up next! Here’s some info on his background and experience.

  • “The true definition of a great team player is one who makes his teammates around him better.”
  • “When I was young, my punishment was to read books and read dictionaries, and I was such a dreamer as a youngster it helped me become who I am today.”
  • Shaq’s advice to young, up and coming athletes: “It’s not about making money … it’s about keeping it.”
  • “My mother is my favorite person and I never want to let her down. When I was a ‘medium-level’ juvenile delinquent, she was the only one who believed in me.”
  • On keeping his brand relevant: “The brand that was has to relinquish itself to the brand that is.”
  • Shaq’s Twitter strategy breakdown: ”60% to make you laugh. 30% to inspire you. And 10% to let you know what new product I’m involved with.”

And finally – Kaplan Mobray will bring us home. Here’s some info on his background and experience.

  • “Leadership is not about the title or the role you have, it’s about those daily choices you make every single day to drive value.”
  • “Leadership is a choice.”
  • “Leaders don’t wait to see what happens, they have a preview of what will happen.”
  • “Never plan strategy without planning celebration. When people know what they’re about to celebrate, why they’re working so hard for you, it charges them to do great work.”
  • “Your people should know the impact of their efforts.”
  • “The more broad the perspective that you allow happen as a leader, the richer the results.”
  • “Have a system that allows feedback to be a part of how you lead. Feedback should never be an HR process that happens once a year. Feedback should never be something that is only when there is a situation. Great leaders embed feedback in how they lead.”
  • “The two most powerful words a leader can say: Thank you.”

That wraps up the 2016 Refresh Leadership Live Simulcast! Thank you for following along with us today! Check back on often for more information about next year’s event! And be sure to follow the blog for quick, fresh, practical advice for today’s business leaders, from executives to emerging leadership.

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