3 Nations, 4 Years, 15 People

by  Mike Henry  |  Leadership Development

On February 19-21 2010, the Lead Change Group came to life. Real life.

Prior to that time, we were just some friends on Twitter and a LinkedIn group. Most of us had never met face to face. On those days in 2010, we launched our own little corner of a global movement. Fifteen people drove a stake in the ground by meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to talk about leadership, social media and community impact. We came from 3 nations. We shared tons of ideas. We became friends. We dared to believe we could instigate a leadership revolution. We realized we share a commitment to an idea about leadership, even a hope, that leadership comes from who we are and not our power or position. Together we embraced the idea of character-based leadership, instigating a revolution and making a positive difference. Leadership is a choice and a responsibility. A leader is someone who sacrifices and who invests in others. Good leadership makes the world better. We embraced those ideas before we came, but now we knew we weren’t alone. We would carry those ideas with us.

I’m forever grateful to the 13 people who joined Vicky and me at Leaderpalooza in 2010. They took an amazing chance and made a tremendous difference in my life. They are my friends. Their names and links to their social media profiles are shown below. These are some of the greatest leaders in the world.

  1. Deb Costello (@costelloland, LinkedIn, Web)
  2. Sonia Di Maulo (@soniadima, LinkedIn, Web)
  3. Monica Diaz (@monedays, LinkedIn, Web)
  4. Fanny Korman (@innerwonder, LinkedIn, Web)
  5. LeaderPalooza-2010-200x74-1024x3781.jpgJim Holland (@Jim_Holland, LinkedIn, Web)
  6. Steve Keating (@LeadToday, LinkedIn, Web)
  7. Susan Mazza (@SusanMazza, LinkedIn, Web)
  8. Mark Oakes (@MarkOOakes, LinkedIn, Web)
  9. Jane Perdue (@thehrgoddess, LinkedIn, Web)
  10. Erin Schreyer (@ErinSchreyer, LinkedIn, Web)
  11. Don Shapiro (@DonShapiro1, LinkedIn, Web)
  12. David Wachs (@DavidWachs, LinkedIn, Web)
  13. Chris Zaucha (@czaucha, LinkedIn)

Because of the actions of these people, my world will never be the same. Because you’re reading this, their actions may have made an impact on your world too. As a result of their actions we’ve connected hundreds of people, started 4 local communities, funded a national community blog that has enabled over a hundred people to share leadership content, and written a book. More is coming too.

Have you done anything that significant in the last 4 years? Will you take the kind of risk necessary to make that kind of impact in 2014? These people took a huge risk and made a dent in the universe. What will you do this year? One idea… Check out the Revolutionary Impact Boot Camp.  Another, simply comment below. How can the members of this group help you make a greater impact in 2014 than you’ve ever made before?


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Articles By mike-henry
Chief Instigator (Founder) of Lead Change Group and VP of IT for a mid sized technology company. Passionate about character-based leadership and making a positive difference.  »  View Profile

What People Are Saying

Bill Benoist  |  19 Feb 2014  |  Reply

Although I’ve been a student of leadership for many years, only recently have I found my way online through blogging and other social media avenues. I would have loved to have been part of the group in 2010, but now look forward to what the future of Lead Change Group brings.

Mike Henry  |  19 Feb 2014  |  Reply

Bill, one of the greatest things about this group is that I continue to meet great people. I had a blast talking with you the other day. Welcome to the group. You’re continuing the legacy of the great people who helped launch this. Thanks very much. Mike…

Erin Schreyer  |  19 Feb 2014  |  Reply

I have so many great memories, learnings and friendships that came from Leaderpalooza. That weekend left a mark on my soul, for which I will forever be grateful.
I’ll never forget the discussion about whether or not we wanted to be “instigators.” And, I’m so glad we landed on YES. Yes, we do. We want to instigate leadership.
Such an awesome thing. Such deep and lasting impact. Such an honor…

Mike Henry  |  20 Feb 2014  |  Reply

I feel the same way. Looking back now I’m so glad we did LeaderPalooza. At the time, I was fairly overwhelmed by all the things that were takeaways from that conference. But today, I look back at the last 4 years as major transformation in my life. The people at that event inspired me and gave me the courage to do things I probably would have never done otherwise. Thanks to you and the whole gang. Mike…

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