Condoleezza Rice @condoleezzarice – Session 2
No Higher Honor: A Life of Leadership
Bio: Former U.S. Secretary of State, Professor of Political Science at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
- Former Stanford University Provost—responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program for 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students
- Author and co-author of numerous books, including: No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011); bestseller Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010)
Session 2 opens up with crazy applause for the Former Secretary of State. Condi is so awesome, poised, humble and just a class act. She is a brilliant mind and reminds of of was can be accomplished with determination and hard work. Below are quotes, thoughts and snippets form her talk
- I’d like to thank each and every one of you for bringing the transformative message of the Lord.
- Authoritarianism is not stable.
- Freedom is not the same as democracy… Democracy is the institutionalization of those freedoms.
- When our founding fathers said “We the people… they didn’t mean me.” (Be Patient)
- Governments cannot put into the heart of every person and every citizen that there should be no weak links.
- The strong cannot exploit the weak and every life is worthy…
- Every life has the potential for greatness…
- Our Lord Jesus Christ Died For Each And Every One Of Us! (Applause)
- There is a lot that government can do… but it cannot deliver compassion.
- Moment of being at aids orphanage and President Bush said “God is Good” and the aids orphan said “All the time”
- If u r fortunate enough to lead in challenging times – remember there r also many opportunities.
- The most important characteristic of a leader is being an irrepressible optimist.
- Condoleezza Rice is trending on Twitter… people that don’t know about
#wcagls probably think she’s a VP Candidate. 🙂
- Today’s headlines & history’s judgment are rarely the same.
- In difficult times… very often I reverted to reading Romans 5. (it’s a privilege to struggle)
- “How could a little girl who grows up in Birmingham, AL – be President if she wanted to be and Sec. of State?”
- I apologize for not being able share everything from Condoleezza Rice, because I can’t spell all of the words. 🙂 (need to step up my vocabulary)
- The most dangerous people are those who are oppressors.
- I’m not a shrinking violet about these things… (nice phrase)
- Talking abt Working w/ Difficult Leaders: We never lost the ability 2 be be civil w/ one another.
- None of our disagreements became so personal… I’m still friends w/ all of them today.
- You should never play the “I’m going to resign” card unless you plan on carrying it through.
- Use the relationship you have with your leader to be a “truth teller” for the leader.
- Develop a level of trust with your leader where your friendship can be an asset.
- I have never been a great planner, because I’ve allowed for guidance through ambiguity.
- Question abt Presidency: I love policy, I don’t love politics. I’m called to do public service…
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