I just received a set of DVD’s from the last Catalyst Conference – Clearly 2006. Originally started in 2000 as “the conference for next generation leaders under 40 years old”, this Atlanta-based gathering has grown at an incredible rate. Where else can you learn from great speakers, see the USA professional Dodge Ball Team in action, hear the world’s youngest female yodler, and participate in setting World Records for Most Whoopie Cushions Sat On and Biggest Pillow Fight? With all this fun, a conference like Catalyst cannot help but attract growing numbers and, like myself, progressive leaders over the age of 40. (A couple years ago Catalyst had to lose the “under 40” rule)
My two favorite speakers from last Octobers event were Marcus Buckingham and Kevin Carroll. For those familiar with Marcus and his books, Now Discover Your Strengths and The One Thing You Need to Know, you’ll be glad to hear he spoke about functioning within your strengths and surrounding yourself with people whose strengths are your weak areas. Think that sounds easy? Try building (or rebuilding) an organization around those principles.
Kevin Carroll is founder of The Katalyst Consultancy and author of Rules of The Red Rubber Ball. He spoke passionately about fun at work and having a D.R.E.A.M. for success–Dedication, Responsibility, Education, Attitude, and Motivation.
Other speakers included John Maxwell, Andy Stanley, Donald Miller, and Gary Haugen to name a few. Oh, and did I mention, Jeff Foxworthy made a hilarious guest appearance?
See the slide show from Clearly 2006 to get a feel for the conference. Although, it is hard to replace the energy of actually being there. Another option is to get the DVD’s. I have used them in the past for staff Lunch & Learning sessions. The final option is to register for the next Catalyst and go experience this conference for yourself. Who knows, I might see you there…