Insights From The Catalyst One Day Conference

Michael K Leadership, Personal Development 10 Comments

This past Monday, I had an opportunity to attend an all day leadership event with a few of my coworkers and several people from my leadership life group. This event, the Catalyst One Day conference, was an all day leadership experience hosted by NorthPoint Community Church in Alpharetta, GA.

The conference’s leadership content was presented by Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel–both founders and senior pastors of two of the largest multi-site churches in the U.S. (NorthPoint Community Church and, respectively).

In today’s post, I’d like to share with you a few of the leadership takeaways that I gained from my time at the conference. I found these insights to be helpful in my own life and leadership. I pray you will as well.


  • A great goal to have as the leader of your family is this: To create a family so enjoyable that as time passes and family members become more independent and don’t have to spend time together with each other, they’d still want to.
  • If you are the leader of a family, your PRIMARY leadership responsibility and command from God is to build your family, not your organization.
  • Don’t ever give up what’s unique to you (ex: parent to your child, partner to your spouse) for something someone else will eventually do (ex: your role in your organization).
  • Your greatest leadership contribution to the world may not be something you do, but someone you raise.
  • To lead and build a strong family, there will be times when you will have to say NO to certain opportunities at that particular stage of your life and family. But remember, a NO now is not a NO forever.


  • The result of poor time management is well intentioned leaders who consistently allow the urgent to overwhelm the important.
  • You have time to do what you choose to have time for.
  • Wise time management doesn’t mean you do more–it does mean you do more of what matters most.
  • The barrier to a meaningful life is not a lack of commitment but overcommitment.
  • Whenever you say yes to anything, there is less of you for something else. Make sure your yes is worth the less.


  • Announcing anything doesn’t ensure true communication is happening. It’s possible to give an announcement & never move people to action.
  • Often one of the biggest barriers to communication is assuming that it has happened, when in fact it has not.
  • Communicate in ways that lead your staff teams to think like owners (who work ON the business) rather than employees (who only work IN the business).
  • Your job as the leader is to be the CRO (Chief Reminding Officer). You must constantly remind those you lead of the vision, values, and direction of the organization.
  • True communication answers (1) what are we doing? (2) who is going to do it? & (3) when will we get it done?
  • In communication, truth trumps all. People would rather follow a leader who is always real than one who is always right.
  • Communicate with passion. Light yourself on fire and people will come from miles to watch you burn.


  • The default position for most leaders is secrecy. Leaders must position themselves in a way that trusted others can hold them accountable.
  • As leaders, we must model transparency and personal confession.
  • The moment a leader begins to believe that they are above other people is often the moment when that leader becomes most vulnerable.
  • As leaders, we confess to God for forgiveness. However, we confess to people for healing.
  • As a leader, my responsibility is to live and lead with the highest standards.
  • A leader’s temptation with any sin will be the promise that the sin will be worth it. Remember this truth: SIN IS NEVER WORTH IT.
Michael KInsights From The Catalyst One Day Conference

Comments 10

  1. Talisa Tave

    Excellent! Thanks for sharing this. These were very good points. It makes me want to write each one on sticky note and post around my house.

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      Michael K

      I agree Talisa! There were a number of takeaways from the conference that would make great reminders!! Thanks for the comment!!

  2. Katrina Richardson

    Great post! My fav point is the one about the moment a leader thinks he is above others is the moment they become the most vunerable. Leaders must realize the human factor in those they lead and themselves. Thanks for the post, I enjoyed the read.

  3. Wilma Thomas

    Great post I especially love
    The one below. It is DELICIOUS!!
    “Your greatest leadership contribution to the world may not be something you do, but someone you raise.”

    Thanks for taking the time to write these.

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  4. Cherinita Reese

    These are powerful insights! Definitely confirms some mental adjustments that I have been making recently. Thanks for sharing!

  5. J. K. Wood

    I ate well from this post today. Thanks for sharing Michael K. The point “Whenever you say yes to anything, there is less of you for something else. Make sure your yes is worth the less.” PRICELESS!! Some many different applications for just that one statement.

  6. Inger

    Wow! These insights are awesome. Whenever you have a moment, if you can expound on all except the last two bullets under Leadership & Accountability that would great! Thanks again for sharing!

  7. Yoni Humphrey

    Great post! Extremely relevant. I was wondering if you would have a moment to expound upon the bullet point under the section entitled ‘Leadership and Family’ that reads, “Don’t ever give up what’s unique to you for something someone else will eventually do.” Thanks.

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      Michael K

      Sure Yoni. I am the only FIRST husband that my wife will ever have. Even if she ever remarried, her FIRST husband is a role unique to me & only me. Staff accountant at Faith Chapel is a role that I’ve held in the past. However, it isn’t a role unique to me because it’s now held by someone else. Our greatest regrets over time often will come when we choose to “under-invest” in roles we uniquely have and choose to “over-invest” into roles we won’t even hold in the future (often roles we hold on our job). Leader’s families often resent the leader’s job(s) because the leader somehow failed to invest enough into the unique roles they hold (spouse, parent, etc) within the family. Hope this makes more sense!

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