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My favorite sound bites from Catalyst West 2011 (Part 1)

Catalyst West isn't done yet, but already, I feel different. I forgot how life-changing a Catalyst conference can be. It's just one of those events that create an environment for people to feel hopeful, inspired, and empowered once again.

Just like last year, my pen had trouble keeping up with all the speakers, and most of the time, I was too focused on listening that I forgot to take down notes. But here are some of the funny, witty, and powerful sound bites I managed to write down [...]

Ready, get set, GO.

Today, I’m off to one of my favorite events: the Catalyst West conference. I’m excited to learn, to be encouraged, and to be inspired. One of my mentors, Anthony Pangilinan, uses the word “disturbed” quite often as something that needs to happen to every leader, and as scary as it sounds, I hope to be disturbed in these next few days as well. I want to share with you the description of this year’s conference theme, which I pulled from...

The Cure for Boredom and What I Learned About Learning

BORED…that’s a word I haven’t used in a really long time. When I was a kid, I said it all the time. In fact, when we were in school, my friend Carla and I would pass each other notes that would almost always start with the sentence: “I’m bored.” (Kids, don’t follow my awful example.) But nowadays, I never use the word. I’m too busy to be bored. And when I do have free time, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t...

A powerful insight about grace

Early this year, I had the privilege of seeing and hearing philosopher, professor, and author Dallas Willard speak in person at the Catalyst West 2010 conference, where he was interviewed on stage by one of my favorite authors and speakers, John Ortberg. This session was one of the highlights of the conference for me. Willard is not only brilliant and deep, he’s incredibly funny and witty, too. A guy named Jake Ishmael even tweeted: “Dallas Willard makes Yoda look like...