"Don't let anyone, at any time take away the power you have over your own direction," she answered with passionate intensity. The question I asked Rita Johnson-Mills last Friday at the Good Leadership Breakfast: "What was the message you shared with students, when you were the first African American ever invited to speak at your high school's graduation?"
Passion, positive energy and the spirit of abundance radiate from Rita Johnson-Mills – she’s the President and CEO of United Healthcare Community Plan of Tennessee. Rita Johnson-Mills is the speaker at the Good Leadership Breakfast on Friday, October 21. If you want to meet her, please join us – but you will have to show up early, or move quickly afterward.
"So, what is the opposite of goodness?" the interviewee asked. Before we could even begin the first interview for the Goodness Pays book project, the executive presented significant resistance. "I need to know if you are trying to paint the picture that the opposite of "goodness" is "badness," he continued. Here's how I answered:
Nothing brings us together as a country like the Olympics. Last night I laid awake in bed watching Americans dominate the swimming events – it was wonderful! Chants of USA, USA, USA! help me forget the lead-up to Rio was colored by reports of crime, corruption and unfulfilled promises.
As part of a leadership exercise at a 2015 Good Leadership Breakfast, the 350 professionals in the room brainstormed synonyms for fairness. A common suggestion was “equality”…and leaving that morning, I realized that I wasn’t fully practicing equality at the Breakfasts.
If we intend to radiate goodness, we have to become a source of fairness. That means absorbing any and all types of injustice and filtering the hurt, and rising above it for something positive.
Society is changing all around us in amazing ways: How are you embracing the change? Change is happening to you soon. We are forcing a new blogging-delivery technology on you next week because we think it will help both you and me spread goodness easier. You won't have a choice. It's not really fair because, depending on the device you [...]
When you walk into a Jimmy John’s, do you think about the sink in the back that needs to be fixed? Dan relies on his business partner, Liz, for support as their company grows. "It's so much easier to open a business when you have someone you trust by your side," he says. As CEO of The Lambi Corporation, [...]
If you ask Albert how to get to Carnegie Hall, he might say practice...or he might just say, radiate goodness! Most people would think that founding a nationally recognized, award-winning singing group would be the pinnacle of a career. Most people are not Albert Jordan. Albert wanted to make sure music was always a source of joy, and never [...]
Julie Mattson radiates goodness by focusing on being her whole self at work and at home. Julie Mattson has a tough job: she’s an HR manager at Katun Corporation; a company in the uncertainty of a CEO search. Her goals are to make sure that employees feel supported and receive clear communication. Achieving those goals requires fairness and positivity; [...]