Good Leaders: What’s your plan to help yourself grow?

Here’s a compelling thought for the new year: adults only grow if they want to grow. This is particularly true for people who have a strong roof over their heads, steady finances, and the admiration of family and friends. We are comfortable...and we only grow outside our comfort zones if we really want to! By now you know, one of [...]

Good Leaders: What’s the biggest project of your life?

This IT executive team met in Chicago last week to plan the biggest project of their careers. My colleague, Peter, and I are grateful to be involved. Over the course of a career, every leader looks back and sees one particular project as the biggest project of their life.  So, how would you lead differently if you knew [...]

Good Leaders: What is your personal vision?

Melinda and I couldn't resist taking a selfie in front of the fake Christmas Tree at the Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain resort in the desert near Tucson, Arizona, last week. Aspirations fuel growth. In other words, good leaders are motivated by the question: “Who do you want to be when you grow up?” This week, Melinda and I visited the [...]

Good Leaders: How is goodness growing around you?

Becky Bergman was surrounded by blossoming college students as she celebrated her first year as President of Gustavus Adolphus College. One of the true joys in life is watching teenagers grow into young adults in the garden of undergraduate college. It takes a rare individual to thrive as a college president...someone who enjoys digging into the fertilizer. That's [...]

Good Leaders: What are you building around you?

The Good Leadership Coaching team "selfie" - after a training retreat at Madden's Resort on Minnesota's Gull Lake. Nothing significant ever happens alone. In other words: the #1 reason entrepreneurs stall is the failure to build a team who can lift the business to the next level. Today, I am savoring the time spent with a collection of gifted [...]

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Good Leaders: Are you ready for a Swedish-American blended breakfast?

International technology CEO, Björn Stansvik, kicks off the Fall 2015 Good Leadership Breakfast Series this Friday morning. When I was 15 years old, I quit my two jobs at Hardees and HyVee and started my own business painting houses. Learning to be my own boss shaped my attitude and opened up a whole new world. That’s why I’m [...]

Good Leaders: How do you scale up?

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, [...]

Good Leaders: What would make you reboot your life?

John and Cristina got engaged this month after crossing the finish line of Grandma's Marathon. Two years ago co-founder of OrangeBall Creative, John Gamades, lived through significant upheaval: he got divorced, became a single dad, and was launching his own company. “I'm grateful today, because the Good Leadership philosophy played a huge role in rebuilding who I am as [...]

Good Leaders: How are you diversifying your perspectives?

Amy Smith seeks opportunities to broaden her perspective. Here she is with school children in the Dominican Republic. Tunnel vision. That's what often happens for leaders who have been with one company, in one field, or in one community for a long time. Amy Smith, director of sales at Lifetouch Portrait Studios, knew that she needed to shake [...]

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