Good Leaders: Is it Time for Your Bucket List?

On Father's Day weekend in 1999, I made the commitment to become and author. I created an outline and wrote the first 2000 words while flying from Minneapolis to London to visit my sister Liesl. When that first book, Inspire, Persuade, Lead was published, I decided that writing a Best-Seller book someday was on my Bucket List.

Good Leaders: How do you feel about your money?

Nathan Dungan was in New York City, the day the Twin Towers collapsed. The four days of confinement to his hotel room, and then two days of driving a rental car back to Minnesota, created the perfect opportunity for him to re-think his life.

Good Leaders: How well do you share your finances?

Most people would rather speak about their sex lives or spirituality than talk about their money. Somehow discussing our "finances" creates an uncomfortable window into our souls. That's why I invited Nathan Dungan to be our speaker at the Good Leadership Breakfast this Friday.

Good Leaders: What can we expect from you, as you build your future?

"An empire!" Alex Steinman said with conviction. She was the speaker at the Good Leadership Breakfast this past Friday, who came to share her approach to family - specifically her perspective on being a working mom. But the question I asked that evoked the "empire" response was: What can we expect from you in the future?

Good Leaders: How are you living generously?

What would you do with $204,395 to change a little piece of the world? That’s what the Good Leadership Breakfast tribe is doing with the help of HANDy Paint Pail inventor Mark Bergman. We call it living generously.

Good Leaders: How does your family help you be a better leader?

You are in for a real treat. If you make it to the Good Leadership Breakfast next Friday, April 21, you will discover the irresistible mystique of Alex Steinman: I started the Strong Like Mama blog for working mothers," Alex explained. "I don't talk about crafts and new cooking ideas. I talk about real stuff working moms understand...like what to do when your kid craps in the tub while you are on conference call trying to fix a product launch," she laughed. See what I mean?

Good Leaders: What habits help you be grateful today?

The words, "we felt compelled to do something in our son's honor," caused the lump in my throat last Friday. The speaker at the Good Leadership Breakfast, Marc Miller, was sharing how in his state of grieving over the sudden loss of his son, he felt called to start a non-profit to honor the name of his child, Gunnar.

Good Leaders: How does your faith affect how you show up?

Today the theme Back to the Future (not the movie) is alive in me. This Friday is the second Good Leadership Breakfast of the year. We are going back to the formula of the Seven Fs: faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future for organizing the speakers for the whole series. Last month, our kickoff speaker Richard Leider explored the idea of how “purpose” is at the center of the Seven Fs Wheel. Going forward we are focusing on each of the Seven Fs, starting with “faith.” So, this being the second breakfast, “faith” is the back to the future subject.

Good Leaders: How does your faith create happiness around you?

Imagine this: one day you learn your nineteen year-old son has suffered catastrophic head injuries from a skateboarding accident. And when he dies, you dedicate your life to helping young people find happiness. To me, that's a story of spreading goodness.

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