Adding Value To Others


In October of last year I attended Reverb – CATALYST 2007, a conference for business, ministry or any other kind of leaders.  There was a power house of leaders at this event.  There was my favorite, Andy Stanley, Francis Chan, Rick Warren, Erwin McManus, Mark Batterson, Reggie Joiner, David Kinnaman, Gabe Lyons, Craig Groeschel, Dave Ramsey, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.  OK, Presidents Nixon, Eisenhower and Kennedy were’nt there, but if they could have been they would have been.

There was one individual leader who was recognized by all the other leaders in attendance with a Lifetime Achievement Award and that was John C. Maxwell, a great leader and representative of Christ.  A very humble John Maxwell, with tears in his eyes and a heart very grateful for the accalades from these great leader warriors, had a few great words himself and here are my notes:

  • Intentionally add value to people everyday
  • The greatest sin is to put ourselves first
  • We either add value to people or subtract value from people
  • Value people – for REAL
  • Make yourself more valuable
  • Care and listen to people
  • Do the things God values

WOW!  John!


7 Responses

  1. Awesome conference for sure.

    Next time, take your own notes…..these look alot like mine. Hmmmmmmm?

    Kidding…it’s funny what happens when we hush long enough to listen….we can hear and hopefully retain some pretty dang good stuff!

  2. AO, I don’t know about you, but another cool thing I observed is the fact that John Maxwell’s prime youthful days are gone, but his leadership and influence are strong and will go on for sometime. He truly cares for the generations to come and he’s not seeking retirement because of that fact.

  3. legacy mang! John Maxwell, the leadership stuff much needed in the church world, he started it and his legacy ripples … on all of us. when i was fresh to this ministry thing, John made it clear to me and gave me some answers to the questions i didn’t even have. Wow John, fo sho!
    i wanna leave a legacy!!!

  4. If Leadership is a Stewardship…. John has made sure he is accountable.


  5. But why didn’t Rick Warren share his soft chair with Andy?

  6. Stephen,

    I’ve heard, and I don’t remember if Rick Warren mentioned it at Catalyst, but he has some kind of disease that affects his back if he stands or walks around too much. I’m sure Andy is hyped enough not to need it anyway. Good observation. Thanks for posting.

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