This article was posted on Greenwood Today about the upcoming Advance conference simulcast at North Side.  Read and sign up soon – it’s next Friday!

Business Professionals: Advance to Your Next Level on April 18th..Right Here in Greenwood!


ADVANCE 2008 – In today’s market, success in marketplace leadership is measured by expenditures, net profit and exponential growth. But can we truly evaluate our influence with the same measurements? How do I really know if I am progressing as a leader? What do I do when my paycheck isn’t motivating me as much as it used to? How do I truly impact the lives of those who work for me?  Well, on Friday, April 18th, the 2008 Maximum Impact Simulcast will provide you, the business professional, with a day to ADVANCE your leadership. Renowned authors, businessmen and leadership experts will provide you with a wealth of information designed to help you grow your influence. Join 80,000 leaders across North America as you learn to ADVANCE at work, ADVANCE in life and ADVANCE yourself.

*Tickets are usuallyin excess of $100 each, but thanks to our corporate sponsors in the Greenwood Business Community, tickets are only $25 each!  Seating is limited, so reserve your seat TODAY!


 John Maxwell – Leadership Gold:  A leader among leaders, John Maxwell promised himself early in his career that he wouldn’t write this book until he was sixty. And now it’s finally here. Leadership Gold took Maxwell a lifetime to write, and it delivers his most valuable lessons from forty years of leading.  With his signature style, Maxwell comes alongside like a mentor, candidly taking readers through what feels like a one-on-one leadership program. Leadership Gold offers the best of the best, the tried-and-true lessons that no one but Maxwell can share.


John Maxwell: Why People Do Not Reach Their Potential Your leadership ability for better or for worse – always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your organization.  By raising your leadership ability – without increasing your success dedication at all – you can increase your original effectiveness by 500%. Leadership has a multiplying effect.


Pat Lencinoni:  3 Signs of a Miserable JobIn “Three Signs,” Mr. Lencioni tackles the question of why so many people are unhappy at work. His talk will present a revolutionary yet simple model for making any job more rewarding and fulfilling.  This issue is a hot one in management-consulting circles, with many companies citing high employee turnover as one of their biggest problems.  Lencioni convincingly demonstrates how career happiness (or misery) is the direct result of the manageremployee relationship.


Bill Taylor:  Mavericks at WorkHow do you attract more than your fair share of the best people in your field? How do you win the battle for talent?   In industry after industry, the old guard is cutting back and losing ground.

Bill Taylor’s core message: Business as usual is bust.  How to create a winning competitive strategy when the world keeps getting more and more competitive; how to make enduring connections with customers when they have more choices and higher expectations than ever; and a how to unleash innovation.   

In an age of hyper-competition and nonstop innovation, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something truly original. Bill Taylor will help you to rethink your strategy, reinvent your approach to innovation, reconnect with your customers, and rediscover the power of your people.


Kevin Carroll:  Kevin Carroll has the ability to touch audiences with his simple, transformative message: “Find your passion, your joy.” He’ll reawaken your drive and ambition, and guide you to rediscovering the things that propel you toward your goals.  Kevin will combine personal anecdotes with strategies for discovering new and creative ways of thinking and problem solving to help you build mission-oriented teams.  A life-changing experience packed in a presentation that’s not only fun, but provides return-on-investment, bottom-line success.


Andy Stanley:  Making Vision Stick:  How to create and cast a compelling vision – Vision casting will always include an element of waking people out of their apathy.  Vision casters rarely bring new information to the table.  What they bring is an impassioned concern about an existing problem.  They bring fresh eyes…position and present your vision as the solution to a problem that must be addressed immediately. 


A vision. You as a leader may have it, but has your organization caught it? If a leader’s vision is all about what could be and what should be, why are you buried under what is? Andy Stanley points out that if followers don’t get the vision, it’s because the leaders haven’t delivered it. He reveals the three reasons vision doesn’t stick. And then he delivers three ways to make vision stick, to make you a leader worth following:



Dick Vitale:  The Game of Life:  Dick Vitale’s talk includes the price coaches and players have to pay to be the best, the problems that beset the sport today, what he would want in a perfect basketball world, and his projections for the future of the sport he loves.  Dick Vitale will give an encouraging talk that will emphasis to the audience to always dream big dreams and keep going when obstacles get in the way.


Andy Andrews:  The Travelers Gift:  Seven Decisions for Success that can turn any life around, no matter how hopeless a situation may seem to be.  “Andrews effectively combines self-help with fiction with instructions for positive thinking… positive suggestions for overcoming life’s obstacles.

·         The First Decision: The buck stops here.

·         The Second Decision: I will seek wisdom.

·         The Third Decision: I am a person of action.

·         The Fourth Decision: I have a decided heart.

·         The Fifth Decision: Today I will choose to be happy.

·         The Sixth Decision: I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit.

·         The Seventh Decision: I will persist without exception.


Valorie Burton: What Now? Coaching Segment – Valorie will come behind 3 sessions bringing application and coaching moments – to enhance the speakers’ talks and the attendee’s experience. This business seminar will be held at Northside Baptist Church on April 18th.

 Originating live from Atlanta, ADVANCE will showcase some of the top leadership experts, speakers, and authors in the nation today (click here for list of speakers and topics).  This conference will be broadcast via satellite to over 300 host venues (such as North Side) with an anticipated audience of over 80,000 nationwide.  Tickets for this event are usually over $100 each, but thanks to our Greenwood Business Sponsors, they are only $25 each! Seating is limited, so get your tickets today!


“We are thrilled to host an event of this caliber for the business community of Greenwood.  This would not be possible for us to host at such a reduced cost if it weren’t for the generosity of some private corporate donors that share in the desire of leadership development.” We hope that business leaders will understand the value of this conference and bring their entire team of employees with them” says Ken Petrus, Executive Pastor.  “A couple of our staff members came from the business world and understand the day to day expectations of corporate life.  This is a bit odd to say, but this is not a “religious” event.  It is a true leadership development conference designed for those in attendance to be challenged to ADVANCE at work and in life” Petrus adds. 


For more information on both of these conferences, you can log on to the church web site:

Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.