Good Leaders: Who is helping you grow this year?

Happy new year! Who is coaching you as you grow this year? It's a cliche, but it's real.  The new year provides Five Hour Energy-type momentum and courage for most of us. Who doesn't like a fresh, clean start!? But who is helping you? The best of intentions often fade into the chaos of a good life. The [...]

Good Leaders: What helps you feel grounded?

No husband likes wrapping presents for his wife's birthday more than me. Early Sunday morning I was eagerly digging through the gift-wrapping bins in our laundry room. My heart was light and I was happy - enjoying the adventure of searching for just the right ribbon. Perhaps this was the start to perfect day? Nobody likes her own [...]

By |2017-03-07T14:27:47-06:00October 28th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Good Leaders: What’s your next chapter?

Leonard Segal (center) was the big winner of the Bucket of Good Will last Friday. Mark Bergman (left) matched the $4471 raised so Leonard could donate $8942 to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Total donations now exceed $105,000. Chapter one ended last Friday.  Five years ago this month, Melinda and I started our own business. Batz Enterprises was [...]

Good Leaders: How are you making your life count?

In the "empty nest" I'm asking: How do I make my life count? The house is quiet now. Loud silence. Like the pause after the airline pilot shuts down the jet engines. Melinda and I just took our youngest child, Anna, off to college and today we are empty nesters. The Personal Finance section of the Wall Street [...]

Good Leaders: What makes you feel significant?

High school graduation is a major milestone for both parents and students. Anna Mary Batz graduated from high school last week. She's our youngest child which means Melinda and I have passed a huge parenting milestone. Without question, I'm blindly-biased as all loving fathers should be. After reading adoring cards, letters and emails about Anna's impact on the [...]

Did you unplug last Thursday?

I bet you missed it: National Day of Unplugging. It was last Thursday. Maybe next year? "I totally forgot how much I love the sound of the engine in my car," a coaching client exclaimed. He re-discovered the simple pleasure after accepting my challenge to unplug. In just one week of driving home with his cell phone and [...]

How’s your health these days?

Melinda and I just took a vacation to reflect on a difficult year and celebrate our good life together. What a difference a year makes.  I’m convinced everyone who looks back on their life’s work can point to one specific episode signaling the most significant growth: personally and professionally. One year ago, I began a mysterious health odyssey [...]

By |2017-03-07T14:27:54-06:00November 5th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Who’s growing around you today?

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 [...]

By |2017-03-07T14:27:54-06:00October 22nd, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Who’s growing around you today?

What does Happy New Year look like for you today?

28 years ago today, I drove myself to my first real job in downtown Minneapolis. Anna Batz just drove off to her final year of high school. Twenty eight years ago today, I drove my 1981 red Honda Accord into downtown Minneapolis to start the first day of my professional career. I was 22 years old...and that first 'real [...]

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