Ian Philpot

When I arrived for the second day of the Global Leadership Summit, I was told that I looked energetic. I didn’t feel energetic, but I was very relaxed after having put my thoughts together about Day 1.

Then Patrick Lencioni started off the first session, and I was absorbing every word like a sponge. Three speakers later, it was lunch time and my information cup was full again. I dragged myself back to my spot for the start of the afternoon sessions, and I was thinking of creative ways to sneak out and go home. (The rule follower in me never would have allowed it, but my imagination loves to think of different ways my days can end.)

Then John Ortberg took the stage. My cup began overflowing immediately, but, instead of it wearing me out, I was craving more. And I got more. And when five o’clock came, I was officially wiped out.

Now that I’ve had a little time to think things through, I’m starting to see some cohesiveness between the sessions that relates to me.

Patrick Lencioni talked about the importance of a healthy organization. William Ury talked about solving conflict within an organization. The entrepreneurial side of me was so thankful for their insights. I wanted to start an organization of my own just to put some of their words into practice for myself.

Then there was Bill Hybels’ message in the final session. It was a forty minutes story that I’ve heard at least a handful of times before—the message of how he started a church. I wasn’t thinking of the entrepreneurial aspect of those beginnings, but it struck me sometime this evening.

By connecting those dots, I feel like that’s what I needed to get out of today. I also realized that I need to go back and read my notes from Len Schelsinger’s message about entrepreneurship at last year’s Summit.

I still don’t know what to do with it all. I don’t know what to do with my energy around entrepreneurialism. But I guess I have a whole year to figure that out before I feel this challenged again.