The Key to Doing is…

yc-all-black-200This week Marko and I are hosting The Summit for the 2nd time. It’s a TED-talk style event for youth workers, 18 presenters each delivering a 12-15 minute talk on a topic related to an overarching theme.

It’s a gathering of a few hundred people looking to have their imaginations sparked, new ideas ignited, and fellow sojourners more interested in helping youth ministry find new realities than hanging onto the past.


Team Hustle


Can I share a little secret about being an entrepreneur?

  • You don’t have to have the best idea.
  • You don’t have to have the best team.
  • You don’t have to spend the most money.
  • You don’t even have to be the most popular.

So what are my keys to making it? I’m 3-0 in start-ups, batting 1.00 lifetime in a role most people fail.


How do you create an environment for innovation?

The Saturday morning session at The Summit last year was the strongest single session of any event I’ve ever attended. (And I’ve been a part of a few events) I remember leaning over to Marko and saying… “I’ve paid way more money to attend events that weren’t nearly this good.” It was that good.

Ben Chestnut’s talk is so important for leaders. He’s not just talking about this stuff out of an ethereal or academic perspective, he’s  talking about it as the CEO of one of tech’s most healthy, creative, and on constantly innovative companies: MailChimp.

He dives into one of leaderships most challenging questions: How do I foster an environment that is insanely creative, moves faster than the marketplace, and sustainable so it doesn’t burn people out or run out of cash.

Questions from Ben’s Talk

  1. What’s the impact of not creating “things” in your work? (Non-profit, for-profit, etc.)
  2. One of Ben’s core learnings was that he can control time people get on a project. How would that translate to your context?
  3. Do you think your role as a leader is primarily connecting things?
  4. What in this talk  doesn’t correlate at all to your context?