Join us for a special Good Leadership Breakfast at the PENworks 2016 Conference on April 19.

Join us for a special Good Leadership Breakfast at the PENworks 2016 Conference on April 19.

I sent this blog with nervous anticipation: we changed the blog delivery system with “excellence” in mind. Depending on your device, you are either reading this in simplicity…or you are frustrated with our execution.

Excellence requires training

The ability to make significant change in any organization is the hallmark of excellence. It takes good leadership. I feel lucky to know Brian Lassiter, the President and CEO of the Performance Excellence Network. He is introducing our firm to a whole new world through PEN, which is dedicated to inspiring, creating and sustaining excellence in organizations large and small. He is a good leader, who is making a significant impact on the world.

A packed house at last year's PENworks conference.

A packed house at last year’s PENworks conference.

Last year, my world view expanded by being a player on the PENworks Conference team. It was a top of the mountain experience because I introduced the luncheon keynote speaker, University of Minnesota Head Football Coach Jerry Kill. Since that day, Good Leadership Enterprises has been in discussion with PEN about a strategic partnership for Good Leadership Training.

Good Leadership Breakfast at PENworks

Dan Mallin, Managing Partner of Magnet 360 and Founder of MN Cup, is the featured speaker.

Dan Mallin, Managing Partner of Magnet 360 and Founder of MN Cup, is the featured speaker.

PENworks 2016 is a two-day conference, on April 18 and 19. This year we are transporting the Good Leadership Breakfast into the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, to be the morning program on the 19th. I am thrilled to have Brian Lassiter as my co-host, and our speaker will be my friend Dan Mallin – a serial entrepreneur who inspires me every day. He is currently leveraging IBM’s Watson and cognitive computing for excellence in marketing and technology. He will share his vision on the Art of Possible and how data will change the way we all do business.

Paul Hillen, Vice President, Global Marketing of Cargill

Paul Hillen, Vice President, Global Marketing of Cargill

And the luncheon speaker will be my friend Paul Hillen, Chief Marketing Officer of Cargill, who will share insights on how a small team of people in Minneapolis are managing a global brand across more than 50 countries around the world.

Big announcement

Originally founded as the Minnesota Council for Quality, Inc. in 1987, PEN now serves all types and sizes of organizations across Minnesota and the Dakotas, helping them improve and sustain outcomes. And a big part of PEN’s contribution is providing learning opportunities with workshops, conferences, round tables and other resources.

pen-works-2016-logoThat’s why I’m so excited about our emerging role with the Performance Excellence Network! Performance excellence has never been more important. Yet it requires alignment between an organization’s head and its heart. On April 19,  at the Breakfast, we will announce the details of the relationship. As you might expect, it will involve training specifically to improve the excellence of leadership.

Good leaders invest in training and professional resource networks to help them learn and grow. And they make a mind, body and soul commitment to rewarding excellence on the path to goodness.

 

Please share with me: how are you learning to reward excellence?