Lynn Casey and I shared a laugh together from center stage: She is a leader who decides to "be happy."

Lynn Casey and I shared a laugh together from center stage at the Good Leadership Breakfast Series. We asked her to speak at our 5th Anniversary celebration, because she radiates goodness, and she is a leader who decides to “be happy.”

Physicians preach the virtue of starting every day with a good breakfast. But I believe the most important decision we make first thing in the morning is to be happy.

Ten days ago, we launched another Good Leadership Breakfast Series. Outside it was snowing and traffic was frozen. But inside the ballroom of Golden Valley Country Club it was warm and sunny because the room was full of 200+ leaders who woke up with the decision to “be happy.”

The speaker was Lynn Casey, CEO of Padilla CRT – a community leader extraordinaire who was recently inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. She was a fan favorite from 2011 who was specifically invited back for our celebration because she is happy! If you missed the breakfast, watch the highlight video here.

Off to a good start

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It was the mutual admiration society: Lynn Casey taught me how to think. Lynn told guests I taught her how to be honest with people for their own good.

The bacon and eggs were not the main course. We were celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the breakfast series and catapulting the Goodness movement into the next decade. “This whole breakfast series started by accident,” I confessed. But with the help and encouragement of friends, family and clients we’ve produced more than 40 breakfasts, hosted 7,300 guests and raised more than $114,000 for charities. We are living the mantra: When good leaders work together with good intentions, great things are possible!”  

Steady diet

Selecting the speakers for the breakfast is joyful work. Every day our team has their hearts open, looking and listening for good leaders who effectively blend the Seven Fs into their work and home life. Lynn shared her appreciation for how the concepts of faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future (the Seven Fs) helped her raise children, give back to her community and build a business that radiates goodness.

"Chance favors the prepared mind," is a Louis Pasteur phrase often quoted by our mentor, the late John Beardsley.

“Chance favors the prepared mind” is a Louis Pasteur phrase often quoted by our mentor, the late John Beardsley.

“What keeps me grounded is the idea shared with me by the late John Beardsley, who often quoted scientist Louis Pasteur:Chance favors the prepared mind,” Lynn shared. “I never had strong leadership role models as I grew up… so I decided to prepare myself and be the leader I wanted to be,” she confided.

I worked for Lynn for seven years. Personally, I found her candor and straightforward simplicity to be inspiring. It was fun to re-unite and know that she hasn’t changed a bit!

As we gaze into the future, we are grateful for all of the sponsors who help make the discussion about The Seven Fs and Goodness Pays possible. Our radiant new banners proudly display the support of Cargill, US Bank, Allina, Health Partners, Winthrop and Weinstine – organizations who remind me we are off to a good start.

Good leaders make a habit of inviting friends and family into their endeavors. And they start every day with the decision to be happy.

Co-host Teresa Daly, welcomed sponsors from Masters Alliance and US Bank to kick off the 2015 Spring series.

Co-host Teresa Daly, welcomed sponsors from Masters Alliance and US Bank to kick off the 2015 Spring series.

Season tickets are still available for the March, April and May Good Leadership Breakfast – will you join us this spring for a good start to your day?

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