Good leaders can look back on their lives and identify specific people, and specific moments when someone helped them see the possibilities in their leadership. For me, there have been several. One of the most significant conversations was with Mark Bergman. You may know him as the inventor of the HANDy Paint Pail. He sparked "what's possible" in me, and we wrote a book together.
Nothing significant is ever accomplished alone. Healthy relationships are the bricks & mortar; steel & glass, of good leadership. And when the raw materials are glued together by good leaders who work together with good intentions...great things are possible! Four years ago, I sent an email to Kevin Warren, then chief legal counsel of the Minnesota Vikings, asking if he would be a speaker at the Good Leadership Breakfast...
Kevin Warren shared his personal story at the Good Leadership Breakfast, and he thanked me for the opportunity. Kevin Warren is an emotional guy. Some would say fiery. When telling his personal story he can cry at any moment from a place of love and gratitude. He can also be angry and frustrated like anyone else. "But I'm so [...]
Kevin and Greta Warren (top left) ensure every student at the Lucy Laney school in Minneapolis have fully-stocked backpacks every year. When the students at Lucy Craft Laney Community School in Minneapolis started this fall, Kevin and Greta Warren made certain every child had a new backpack filled with the tools required to learn in school. It's a simple [...]
Don Shelby (center) was the final speaker of the 2013 Good Leadership Breakfast Series. He and I are pictured here with our clothier, King Bavender. The propaganda for the Good Leadership Breakfast Series claims: "Inspiration stronger than your morning espresso." With standing room only attendance, the 200+ guests who attended last week's highly-caffeinated meeting featuring Don Shelby were not [...]
These happy people are the 130 Gustavus Alumni Mentors who are helping students grow into their careers. (That's me, way up at the top!) Autumn in the American heartland means seeds go dormant. But last week was peak growing season for leaders around here. Four years ago, Melinda and I planted two seeds with promise: The Good Leadership [...]
Kevin Warren and his wife, Greta, donated 700 backpacks filled with school supplies to Lucy Craft Laney Community School in Minneapolis. He will tell us all about it at the Good Leadership Breakfast, October 18, 2013. I believe the path to greatness is paved by good leaders – like you and me – who are radiating goodness today [...]