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Why small groups of committed peer leaders = more meaningful impact for the Kingdom of God

Updated: Aug 28, 2018

Brooks Carlson and I (Todd Olsen) are excited about our new venture that we're launching in September -- Designed For Legacy. I've been considering ways to more effectively invest in the success of leaders in my community (Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Michigan). The 1-to-1 coaching has been great, but I've noticed people stay more committed to their personal growth when doing it with others they both love and trust.


And on this theme of love and trust, Brooks and I have invested the time to know we have the chemistry together to create a great environment for fellow leaders in our community to truly grow.



So what's with the name?


Designed for – God has uniquely designed each of us for very specific good works

Legacy – Our life's work should lead to eternal joy for both God and others

Leadership – Throughout history, God accomplishes His work through His raised-up leaders

Roundtables – We are all peer leaders, committed to invest in each other’s success


The core values of Designed for Legacy:


Life on life – Our groups are 8 to 12 people (never more than 12), because Jesus showed us that leadership development happens as we have the opportunity to process and learn from our life experiences within a small committed community.


Committed communities – When you join one of our leadership roundtables, you commit to invest in your peers over an entire year. In this way, we build rapport, trust and authentic relationships.


Sustainable growth – Big events, conferences and summits are great experiences to receive new inspiration; however, it’s all too easy to fall back into the same old routines when you return back home.


Costly, yet affordable – My best seasons of leadership development occurred when I was making an intentional investment of time and money to pursue a clear, God-given outcome. There are seasons where a sacrificial commitment makes sense (college, seminary, etc.), but the roundtable is structured to be affordable within your budget and time commitments.


Our community needs strong Christian leaders – As a University community, Washtenaw County has a constant in-flow of brilliant, motivated people from around the country and the world. Yet, our county has among the lowest Christian church attendance rates in the US. Imagine the Kingdom impact if our businesses, churches and public agencies had a stronger leadership / discipleship culture!


Age / Gender / Leadership Experience – This September we plan to start two roundtables for seasoned leaders (those with 10+ years of leadership experience). You'll be with people in a similar stage of leadership & life experience, yet we desire to have a diverse representation of men and women, business and ministry leaders in these groups. Once we get these first groups fully launched, we hope to develop a group for emerging leaders as well.


How can you get involved? -- In September, you'll have an opportunity to preview what the leadership roundtables are all about. These will be 90 minute sessions where we'll engage on a relevant leadership topic, as well as get exposed to the design for our leadership roundtables. No high-pressure sales pitch. In fact, we don't accept applications at these sessions but will ask you to respond later after you've had adequate time to fully consider the opportunity. The best part for participating in one of our preview presentations??? You'll have a chance to win two tickets (private box seats) for a University of Michigan hockey game on October 19th!


"Authentically bring the the Gospel to work AND get your work done?"

Sep 06, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Register


"Engagement - What does it take to be truly effective?"

Sep 13, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Register


"Constantly distracted -- Who's getting the best of me?"

Sep 18, 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Register


Feel free to forward this on to a fellow leader in our community.

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