Last Thursday, March 10, was the triumphant return of the Good Leadership Breakfast Series in the traditional sense – we hosted more than 150 guests, live and in-person at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Minneapolis. Guests were treated to an inspiring message from Mike Stigers, CEO of Cub Foods.

Back to the basics

Good leadership means so many things to so many people. In our firm, we use this definition: Good leadership is the art and science of people working together to create great results. After nearly two years of presenting the breakfast virtually, Mike Stigers filled the room with his sincere, passionate, and grateful presence. His humor and witty insights brought to life both the art and science of good leadership for the audience.

Some highlights:

Mike is a man of great staying power – he’s been a member of the California Rangers for more than 50 years. He grew up in California and remains dedicated to their mission of teaching young people to love the outdoors. He met his wife through the Rangers.

Mike is dedicated to life-long learning – he skipped college while learning the grocery business and raising a young family. However, he finished his undergraduate degree at age 50, and his graduate degree at age 60. “I’m dedicated to helping people in every part of the grocery business see how their lives keep getting better when they are committed to getting a higher education.”  When asked by an audience member “What advice would you give your younger self?” He quipped: go to college first, it’s much easier.”

Mike is a man of his word. Cub Foods on the north side of Minneapolis was destroyed due to street violence and looting after the murder of George Floyd. As the smoke was smoldering from the building, Mike made the commitment to the residents of the north side neighborhood to rebuild the store as fast as possible. “Grocery stores are more than a place for people to buy food. It’s the centerpiece of a neighborhood.”

“It’s never too late to do the right thing,” Mike said with conviction. His passions brought joy to the room, and a chill down the back of my neck. Watch the breakfast.

 

Join us on April 29 for the next Good Leadership Breakfast featuring Natalie Stute, CHRO of Gainwell Technologies.