Paul Hillen made us laugh as he shared the evolution of his leadership style and challenged us to think about ours.
Last Friday’s Good Leadership Breakfast featured the most laugh-filled keynote speech I’ve heard in a long time. Paul Hillen, longtime friend of the breakfast and Chief Commercial Officer at JM Swank, teased Vikings fans and alluded to his St. Patty’s-themed boxers…and reflected on how his leadership has evolved over a thirty-year career. You can listen to clips of Paul’s story on the latest episode of the Goodness Pays Leadership Podcast, where I break down his message with Good Leadership writer and producer Chloe Radcliffe. Get your half hour of inspiration today!
Changing behaviors…and philosophies
Paul grew up as the youngest of seven children, and the “fend for yourself” mentality among his siblings prepared him for a competitive business world. His first job out of college was at Proctor & Gamble, an “up-or-out” culture…and Paul went up. Over fifteen years at P&G, he honed a blunt, pull-no-punches leadership style that matched their aggressive and competitive culture. That style proved difficult in his transition into a leadership role at Cargill. Paul explained: “Cargill and P&G couldn’t have been more opposite. Cargill was consensus-building and ‘Minnesota nice.’ Everything that had helped me become successful at P&G became challenges at Cargill.”
He was faced with a choice: change or leave. Paul’s leaders encouraged him to focus more on consensus-building, but it wasn’t until he was matched with an executive coach that his philosophy transformed. Paul remembers thinking that his executive coach was too “huggy,” and was talking too much about “fluffy stuff,” until he saw that a commitment to goodness in leadership made a difference in his team morale and financial results. Of course, who was Paul Hillen’s executive coach? Paul Batz!
I had a blast filling in this month for Paul Batz as host of the Good Leadership Breakfast. (Kelsey Meyer-Schalkle)
A sneak peek at the next book from Good Leadership
Paul Hillen told a story of Paul Batz (too many Pauls!) saying: “If you can commit to goodness in leadership, anyone can!” The two Pauls are teaming up on a book called How Goodness Pays, about how good leaders not only earn better work from their teams, but deliver stronger financial results. How Goodness Pays will include qualitative and quantitative research, and Paul Hillen gave a preview of the book’s wisdom, tackling the question “why is common sense not common practice?”
I think that’s exactly the question we need to be asking. It’s so easy to dismiss cornerstones of goodness – fairness, positivity, ethical actions – with “I get it, I get it.” But few of us actually take the steps to change our leadership to reflect those actions…because we’re still acting in the short-term. How Goodness Pays will present data-driven evidence that goodness results in stronger financials in the long-term, and I’m excited for the potential this book has to shift the conversation around goodness in leadership.
Good leaders evolve their actions and philosophies over time to invest in the long-term.
Please share with me: When have you had to shift your leadership style to demonstrate goodness? How has that paid for you?
Courage is a part of everyday life, from the beginning! Meet my son, Whit.
Here’s a Tuesday surprise for you: it’s Kelsey writing, not Paul! While Paul’s taking his sabbatical, I’m taking over the Good Leadership Blog… and hosting this Friday’s Good Leadership Breakfast! Like Paul mentioned in last week’s blog, I’m a coach, facilitator, speaker, and new mom, and I’m thrilled to be putting my own spin on this month’s breakfast.
Paul suggested a lens through which to view this challenge. Look at the facts, then consider how they make me feel and what they make me think. So here it goes:
The facts: I’m hosting the Good Leadership Breakfast this Friday. This is the second breakfast without Paul (a travel incident required him to miss the breakfast years ago)…but I’m the first intentional non-Paul host ever! The breakfast is sold out which means there will be 200+ people there.
What I’m feeling: Oh sh*t.
What I’m thinking: I know I’ve totally got this. This is one more big adventure to step into… so I’m going to choose to do it with joy, grace, and gratitude.
Good leaders need to take risks
When Paul first asked me to host the breakfast in his absence, it was in the buffet line at our November breakfast last fall. I thought about the courage required of good leaders, and I said, “yes,” instead of “oh sh*t.”
Courage isn’t about being unafraid; it’s about being afraid and doing it anyway. Good leaders say “yes” to opportunities that will take them to what I call their learning edge. The learning edge is that space between something familiar and guaranteed failure. Living on the learning edge is about facing challenges that are scary and a little tempting to back away from… but deep down, you know you are capable of overcoming them.
Paul and Kelsey as co-hosts of our new Goodness Pays Leadership Podcast!
I said “yes” to hosting the breakfast (my learning edge opportunity) precisely because it both scared and energized me. Think about the last time you were faced with a challenge that both scared and energized you: did you dive in, or shy away?
Kindness can be courageous
Goodness in leadership often gets mistaken as softness, but that view ignores the essential strength it takes to be “good.” Yes, softness is there in the form of kindness, a welcoming attitude, and a generous spirit, but those traits are all supported by the strength of a spine. Leading with kindness requires the courage of being able to stick to your principles and draw a line for acceptable behaviors. Courage can guide the soft front, but comes from the strong back.
In my coaching engagements, so often the places people need the most courage are in relationship to other people. Whether it’s a tough conversation that needs to be had, or facing a difficult colleague interaction, these so-called “soft” problems require the strength of courage.
So take a moment to think about it: How is courage showing up in your life this week? What opportunities might you have to lead with a soft front and a strong back? Do you have challenges that would benefit from kindness balanced with courage?
This week, I’ll be demonstrating courage at this Friday’s breakfast. But every week, good leaders have the courage to take risks and face challenges with kindness.
Please share with me: How will you be a courageous leader this week?
Kelsey Meyer Schalkle is the host of the Good Leadership Breakfast on March 16, with speaker Paul Hillen.
What does it mean to have “sparks” in your eyes? Here’s what I think: Having a “twinkle” is cute and good, but having “sparks” is magnetic and irresistible. No one fits the “sparks” description more than Kelsey Meyer Schalkle – she’s a coach, facilitator, and speaker who lights up her clients. And she’s going to be the host of the Good Leadership Breakfast in my absence on March 16, 2018.
Special talent on display
If you are curious, I’m missing the March breakfast because I’ll be in route to South Africa on the front end of a full month sabbatical (more on that when I return on April 14.) We have a lot of coaches in our firm with sparks in their eyes. Kelsey was our team’s first choice to be the host of the March breakfast for two reasons: 1) She’s not like me, and 2) She’s very much like me.
Kelsey and her husband Tory are raising a spirited, less than one year old child whose name is Whit.
Here’s why she’s not like me: She’s a thirty-something female – I’ll be turning 55 on sabbatical. And, she’s a new mom – her first child, Whit, is less than one year old. My youngest child is graduating from college in June. Kelsey’s dad was a pastor, she has a Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change degree from Northwestern and she earned her stripes in our field through some fantastic corporate HR/OD experience over 6+ years at Target. She cut her teeth in coaching working with MBA students at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Here’s why she’s very much like me: She loves the combination of coaching, facilitating, and speaking. She’s an excellent communicator who can stream together seemingly conflicting ideas into rationale coaching insights. She loves a good challenge. She and I really “clicked” in the development of our Goodness Pays Leadership Podcast – you can listen to us together here, where she introduces herself as “a new mom!” Get to know Kelsey by listening to the Pilot and the Power of Purpose episodes. Kelsey also pours her heart and soul into her coaching work – and she’s learning how to blend that with a family life she adores.
Girl Power on March 16
Kelsey missed the February breakfast, because she and Tory took Whit for his first tour of Italy. It’s Kelsey’s favorite travel spot.
Kelsey will be working with our co-host Julie McDonough at the breakfast, and will also be blogging on this space while I’m gone. She’s starting next week by introducing you to our speaker Paul Hillen, who is also the co-author with me on the How Goodness Pays book project. Julie and I joked at the February breakfast that March will be fueled by “Girl Power.”
So, March 16, 2018 is a big day for both of us. We’ve both been preparing for more than 6 months to be at our best – me by shutting it “off” and Kelsey by turning it “on.” It will be a beautiful day, with Paul Hillen surrounded by Girl Power sparks from the stage.
Get to know Kelsey by listening to the Pilot and the Power of Purpose episodes of the Goodness Pays Leadership Podcast.
Please join me in showing your encouragement and support for Kelsey – you can send her an email here. Please consider attending the breakfast on March 16, so you can see her “sparks” with your own eyes.
Good leaders surround themselves with talent who have sparks in their eyes. And they step aside every now and then to let people share their sparks in their own way.
Please share with me: Who around you has sparks in their eyes?
Kelsey Meyer Schalkle is one of my co-hosts on our podcast series.
The term “Monday Morning Quarterback” typically describes experts reviewing and critiquing every aspect of how their favorite NFL team performed in Sunday’s game. Here’s why that’s relevant to you: Today is the launch of the Goodness Pays Leadership Podcast. The first series is devoted to re-broadcasting the intriguing speakers from the Good Leadership Breakfast Series. In tinkering with our strategy, we landed on “Monday Morning Quarterback” for our unique angle on both the “leadership” and “podcasting” topics which are so popular today.
Launch day today
Beginning today, you can listen in on two people from the Good Leadership Team reviewing and critiquing the message from speakers at recent Good Leadership Breakfast meetings. In this first year of podcasting, the reviewing personalities include coach Kelsey Meyer Schalkle, writer, producer Chloe Radcliffe and me. The melding of our point of view has been inspiring – Kelsey is in her 30s, Chloe in her 20s, and I’m just coming into prime time (55 next month.) Our podcast producer is 20-something Tasha Herlofsky, whose passion and persistence pulled our disjointed process forward. You can read a past issue of this blog, which highlights our trials and tribulations in getting started!
Richard Leider is just one of the many inspirational Good Leadership Breakfast speakers we’ll be expanding the Goodness Pays conversation around.
Who to feature, what to say?
The intrigue started when we negotiated to which of the 60+ breakfast speakers to feature in this launch package. You probably know by now my intention for choosing speakers is to provide a multicultural mosaic of perspectives on good leadership: first-half & second-half of career, capitalists & not-for-profits, men & women. With that wide filter we chose the first three:
Richard Leider, International Best Selling Author, and Founder of Inventure. Topic: The Power of Purpose – Have you found your purpose in life? How about choosing the words “grow and give?”
Liwanag Ojala, CEO of Caring Bridge. Topic: A Currency of Goodness. She calls for changing how we view currency: How can you be the richest you’ve ever been without measuring in dollars?
Kevin Warren, COO of the Minnesota Vikings. Topic: The Necessity of Gratitude. This eposide features a harrowing story of injury, self-reflection, and recovery that ultimately propelled Kevin to the highest ranking African American business executive in the NFL.
Jurriaan Kamp provides optimistic topics for our Goodness Pays conversations in our fifth podcast episode.
It’s best to get started with the pilot episode: it’s where we explain the “Why” behind this podcast, and introduce our “voice.” It’s called “How Goodness Pays.”
From now going forward, we will also podcast every speaker from the breakfast series. So, the fifth podcast features Jurriaan Kamp, Founder of the Intelligent Optimist. Topic: Overcoming the Dark Noise. If you choose to listen to two or more, you will recognize “The Goodness Tune” – an original composition just for use in the podcasts and our breakfast series.
Listen and subscribe to the Goodness Pays Leadership Podcast on iTunes.
Jurriaan Kamp, the pioneer in the Solutions Journalism movement shared his thoughts about optimism as a “verb” with the audience of the Good Leadership Breakfast Series last Friday.
Here’s how a world-class optimist thinks: “We simply don’t have enough problems in the world for all of the solutions we can create,” said Jurriaan Kamp, the speaker at the Good Leadership Breakfast last Friday. Jurriaan was in town at my invitation to share his thoughts about why optimism is so important to goodness and good leadership. Here’s some of what else he had to say:
“We know today that what we eat has a lot to do with our health. Most everyone knows that it’s not good to live on McDonald’s [junk food] alone,” he framed the point. “And now, we are discovering the same thing about what we put into our ears and eyes, and how that affects our health.” Jurriaan shared how the 24/7 news cycle, invented by CNN, dramatically increased the assault of traumatic news on people with the Gulf War. Before CNN, when bombs went off in a war the event only happened once on the morning or evening news and people could move past the trauma. After CNN, the bombs keep going off every hour for days, until something else as dramatic comes along to take its place.
Jurriaan Kamp shared his thoughts about Li-Fi and Seaweed as optimistic solutions to problems we all face.
How does negative news affect leaders?
The consumption of negative news has substantial affects on our blood pressure, heart rate, and nervous systems. Jurriaan cited modern studies show that it takes an equal amount of good news or mind-clearing meditation to normalize after consuming negative news. That means if you absorb 15 minutes of news like the school shooting in Florida last week, you need another 15 minutes of positivity to recover. “Good leadership is about finding ways to not only care for others, but to care for oneself first,” he observed. “And these days, the best way may be to simply ignore the news altogether. You won’t find any new solutions to your business problems by consuming recycled, negative news in the mainstream media. That’s likely doing you more harm than good.”
More than 220 guests shared the kick-off of the 2018 season – our 65th meeting since 2010.
Optimism as a verb
Jurriaan was quick to point out that optimism was not artificial happiness, naiveté or a blind Pollyanna point of view. “Optimism is a verb – meaning that you are actively looking for a positive solution in every problem. And that’s what good leadership is all about,” he exclaimed.
It’s the optimism is a verb concept that triggered his shift from conventional, problem-seeking journalism to becoming a global thought-leader on what’s now called “Solutions Journalism.” His original publication, Ode Magazine for Intelligent Optimists, evolved into an online news source today called The Optimist Daily. I highly encourage you to register here.
Jurriaan Kamp signed my original copy of Ode Magazine from December 2011 – where I was inspired to spread the Goodness message.
For me, having a Jurriaan Kamp as our speaker represented a whole new level of confidence and impact for the Goodness movement. When I reached out with an invitation, I gave the request a less than 10% chance of success – he’s an international personality…why would he come to Minneapolis in February?
But then again, why not? “I was drawn to how you’ve articulated a very important subject in ‘goodness,’ and I’m really impressed with the caliber of people you’ve gathered to spread goodness,” he shared with me before parting on Saturday. Which has me thinking…by thinking of optimism as a verb…who else might say “yes!” to my invitation?
Good leaders understand we need to feed our mind and soul with positivity to overcome the traumatic affects of dark noise. And we are actively seeking out positive solutions in every problem.
Expected in February – the Goodness Pays Leadership Podcast, featuring speakers from the Good Leadership Breakfast Series.
Over the past four weeks, our team has been experimenting with producing The Goodness Pays Leadership Podcast. What experimenting really means is a whole lot of trial and error, raw emotions, and nervous energy. In my role as the thought leader for Good Leadership Enterprises, I spend a great deal of time creating, designing, editing, and sharpening things into simplicity. Well, the podcast trial and error has been anything but simple. It’s messy, and it makes me nervous. Excited, and nervous!!
Emotions are a great teacher
So, the coach in me asks: You say “messy” makes you nervous…What’s that all about?” It wasn’t until we made the decision to be in the podcasting business that I began to understand the power of podcasting. Good podcasts are intriguing, insightful, inspiring, and sometimes a little raw with authenticity. Once I started to study podcasts I wanted to produce all of that. That’s when I started getting nervous! Two things surfaced as the source:
Our first live podcast will be recorded this Friday, when Jurriann Kamp will speak about optimistic solutions to important global problems.
1. The pressure to honor the voice of our guests. The Goodness Pays Leadership Podcast is not a podcast of the Good Leadership Breakfast. It’s a podcast of the speakers from the breakfast. So, we are adding words to their wisdom. And since their speeches are a multi-sensory experience – it’s a difficult art-form to re-create their magic in just one of the senses: sound. Which leads me to the second thing that makes me nervous:
Lowest common denominator
At the recommendation of an expert, we paid really good money for a top-of-the-line microphone. Which of course didn’t work for us. Who knew it would only work correctly inside a top-of-the-line audio studio. We don’t have a top-of-the-line studio, we just have the Aspiration Suite. So after hours and hours of disappointing tests, we abandoned the fancy mic for a cheap one. Shazam – the cheap one works great! The cost isn’t the issue. The most expensive part was all of the negative emotional energy that was burned up by five people trying to figure out why the #%&$ mic was making us sound distant and echo-y!!! Our confidence is growing now with experience and cheap mics. Go figure.
It takes a great team
Kelsey Meyer Schalkle is my co-host on our podcast series.
What fills me with confidence is the amazing team we’ve assembled. It’s been fun to see and feel us go through the classic learning curve for a team: Forming, storming, norming, performing. Tasha is learning to be producer. Katie is learning to translate her video editing skills into audio editing. Chloe is learning to be a podcast coach, producer, writer, and co-host. Kelsey is learning to be a podcast co-host. And she’s learning how to handle the anxious energy of her co-host – nervous Paul Batz.
Our most recent audio studio includes two cheaper mics that have improved our sound quality. Just another part of the Goodness Pays Leadership Podcast learning curve.
After last Friday’s recording session, we have four episodes “in the can.” The fifth episode will be recorded this Friday, April 16, immediately after the Good Leadership Breakfast. It will feature our international speaker Jurriaan Kamp. The little voice inside my head says, “Nervous is good!” We’re all re-learning that nothing significant every happens alone. And if we weren’t a little nervous…we wouldn’t care.
Good leaders embrace the messiness of trying something knew, especially when it makes them nervous. And they hang in there with their team, when they believe the work is really important.
Please share with me: What experiments in your life are making you nervous?
This beautiful tree image is the symbolism that frames Richard Leider’s message about purpose. And it’s a symbol for growth.
One year ago, Richard Leider was the kick-off speaker at the 2017 Good Leadership Breakfast Series. He was the first internationally-accomplished speaker, being known as the world’s foremost authority on the power of purpose in life and leadership. By saying “yes!” to our invitation, he encouraged us to reach higher and farther for speakers to help amplify and spread the Goodness Pays message.
The core of his message was that purpose helps with all aspects of life and leadership. And, for those of us who don’t know our purpose yet he offered this as the place to start: to grow and give, everyday. At that very instant, I recalled how I discovered my purpose.
Connecting to goodness
I kept this copy of Ode magazine I received as a gift from one of my kids. It changed my life.
In 2011, one of my kids in college gave me a copy of Ode magazine with the headline: Giving is Good. It was an essential part of a class on world societies. While reading that issue, I vividly recall making the commitment to my purpose: to spread goodness through leaders. From that day on, I was determined to meet the founder and editor of the publication, Jurriaan Kamp.
Jurriaan is the kick-off speaker for the 2018 Good Leadership Breakfast Series next Friday, February 16. We’re sold out, so this message isn’t intended to lure you into buying a ticket.
My goal is to embolden you to think deeply about your purpose, and what that purpose has to do with spreading goodness. Here’s how Jurriaan and his magazine – today called The Intelligent Optimist – did that for me.
Jurriaan Kamp, The Intelligent Optimist
The subheading for the December 2011, Volume 8, Issue 6 said: How giving improves health, spreads wealth, strengthens social bonds – and, best of all, it’s contagious. Somehow, I mistakenly (subconsciously) inserted the word “goodness” where “giving” was in that sentence and SHAZAM. I found my purpose.
It was only four years later, that I realized my reading mistake. Perhaps it was optimism that caused me to mistake “goodness” for “giving.” But who cares? I was inspired by these articles that surfaced my purpose:
● Reflections on a generous life
● The flip side of “getting”
● The art of intangible gifts
Each was meticulously researched and expertly sourced, and I was hooked. So, next Friday, we are hosting our second internationally-acclaimed speaker. Jurriaan Kamp is one of the founders of the Solutions Journalism movement, and his claim-to-fame includes introducing Deepak Chopra to the world, long before Oprah.
Hard to say ‘no’
I’m deeply sorry that we cannot accommodate more guests at this breakfast. Our season ticket sales have nearly doubled year-over-year, and we’ve turned away far too many ticket requests. I guess these are good growing pains.
Good leaders measure their growth by the satisfaction they feel in serving their purpose. And they reach higher and farther as their confidence grows.
Please share with me: How have you grown over the past year?
The question for today is: How does goodness “pay?”
The debate about the value of “soft” and “hard” business results isn’t new. But it’s taking on a new meaning for our writing team as we negotiate with skeptics on the value of goodness in business. I’m grateful for the discerning questioning from my writing partner, Paul Hillen. He’s a professionally-trained skeptic, who learned a “prove it with data” orientation from a marketing mentor at P&G. That perspective served him well at Cargill, and now at Platinum Equity Partners. Here’s how we are working together to make a “soft” concept cut through the skeptical firewalls:
Normally, things like employee engagement, community involvement, industry reputation and product/service quality are considered important by most leaders but also “soft.” Because Investors, bankers and business owners really only respect bottom-line performance and positive financial results – the things that are considered “hard.”
Sustainability is a benefit of goodness
The argument starts when we discuss what role the “soft” things have in creating those “hard” results. Which comes first, positive financials, or things like goodness? Hillen is helping me see how to create measurements for the “soft” stuff that really makes a difference financially.
This book bag rarely leaves my side these days. I’m in LA this week, using every spare minute I can to advance the Goodness Pays book.
A lot of people are stepping forward to voice their opinions about this subject. Lynn Casey, CEO of Padilla, and twice a past speaker at the Good Leadership Breakfast, was one of 15 highly acclaimed leaders lending their insights to this project. In her book interview, Lynn said it this way, “Many leaders can create a short-term frenzy of activity that will produce a profit,” she observed. “But, the goodness test is whether or not anyone will want to come back to work with that leader when they have to produce those results again.”
So, the real test of goodness is: when it’s time to start a new project, launch a new product, or create a new company…will the people involved in the last gig want to work with you again? Goodness is magnetic – if you have it, the best talent will be compelled to join you again.
One of the payoffs of attracting an A-team quickly, is spending less time and money on recruiting and hiring. With less time spent finding and building a team, a leader can move faster taking ideas to market, which also costs less. How is that “soft?”
Goodness pays by creating a magnetic pull that brings the best talent to us. Fast.
What we’re learning is that goodness, like many aspects of leadership, is difficult. It means creating an environment where people believe they can thrive together. It comes alive fastest through encouragement, accountability, and good teamwork. That’s what people crave from their work these days.
Good leaders embrace the challenge of proving how the “soft” stuff plays a role in creating “hard” business results. And they lead in ways that are magnetic, so the best talent is compelled to come back to work.
Please share with me: How do you think goodness “pays” for you?
Minneapolis/St.Paul is digging out from a whopper of a snowstorm today. Did mother nature add insult to injury after the Vikings big loss?
Mother nature dumped her pure white snow on Minneapolis last night – it’s the first really strong snowstorm of the season. With accumulations of more than a foot deep, she’s creating huge amounts of work for anyone who needs to free a car, a sidewalk or a driveway.
Insult to injury?
The timing of the snow added hardship to misery in Minnesota yesterday. The blurry blizzard added color to how Minnesota Vikings fans were already feeling from Sunday’s disappointing result.
For several weeks now, this arts-loving community had gone purple-crazy over the success of our National Football League team. The cherry on top of the anticipation was the artistic lighting of the most famous Twin Cities landmarks – each awash at night in Vikings purple and gold. The whole state believed!
Goodness in everything
The snowstorm reminded us that life goes on. We embrace living in the bold north, including life-altering snowstorms and the risks of pinning our hopes to a team that just can’t seem to win the big game – yet.
I was at the big game to celebrate the “Minneapolis Miracle,” where the Vikings won. Even after the recent big loss, we gotta BELIEVE!
Here’s what I believe is the most important thing about goodness in life and leadership: good leaders can find the goodness in everything. And when they make that goodness grow, everyone benefits because of the rejuvenating boost of positivity. Finding goodness is not naive. Finding goodness is not limited to religion. And it’s not soft or easily exploited. Finding goodness in everything is oxygen for living and leading a good life.
Good leaders find the goodness in everything, because that’s how they thrive. And when they help that goodness grow, people begin to thrive together.
There will be more snowstorms, and there will be more big games. I believe there is goodness in both! Do you?
Please share with me: What do you believe about goodness?
Living in the bold north of Minnesota requires midwinter boosts of bright energy. That’s why my team and I are excited to share a slate of speakers who radiate goodness for the 2018 Spring Good Leadership Breakfast Series. Positivity and optimism are particularly important today, as we search for effective ways to drown out the “dark noise” that dominates our media consumption.
Jurriaan Kamp, founder of The Intelligent Optimist.
Celebrating The Intelligent Optimist: February 16
The series begins on Friday, February 16, with a world-class purveyor of optimism. Jurriaan Kamp is our first international speaker at the Good Leadership Breakfast. He will visit us from his land of origin, the Netherlands, on his way to his US home in Santa Barbara, California. Jurriaan is one of the pioneers of the international “Solutions Journalism” movement, and the co-founder of The Intelligent Optimist magazine. “It’s a fact that reporters spend most of their time digging for problems to report to us,” he shared. “I believe journalists have a moral responsibility to help create hope in the world as well. I’ve dedicated my career to reporting on intelligent solutions to the biggest problems we all face – things like energy, poverty, and famine.” Get tickets for Jurriaan Kamp here.
Goodness Pays Research: March 16
Paul Hillen, co-author of the Goodness Pays book project.
Paul Hillen is best known to the Good Leadership Breakfast as the very first sponsor of the breakfast when he was the Chief Marketing Officer at Cargill. Today he is the Chief Commercial Officer and SVP of JM Swank, a Platinum Equity Company – and he is co-authoring the Goodness Pays book with Paul Batz. His appearance in March will be the first public unveiling of the research, and the beginning of the build-up to the 2018 book launch. Get tickets for Paul Hillen here.
What’s Possible When We Work Together in Healthcare: April 20
Erik Gabrielson and Moira Petit, healthcare advocates and leadership coaches with Activ8.
Erik Gabrielson and Moira Petit are the second husband and wife speaker team at the Good Leadership Breakfast. They are partners together in the human potential coaching, research, and consulting firm Activ8. A dramatic and heroic healthcare journey centered around their one and only son resulted in a real-life story about how encouragement, accountability, and good teamwork not only saved their son’s life, but gave them all a life where goodness pays. Get tickets for Moira and Erik here.
Taking Goodness to Main Street America: May 18
Amanda Brinkman, creator of Small Business Revolution, Main Street TV series.
Amanda Brinkman is the Chief Brand & Communications Officer at Deluxe Corp, and a relentless champion in America’s quest to help small businesses thrive. She’s won almost every business community award bestowed by the Twin Cities business press, but her most rewarding honors come through her involvement with Small Business Revolution – a movement created to shine a spotlight on the vital impact that small businesses have on our economy, our communities, and our daily lives. Amanda is not only an on-camera talent, but also is the creator of the Small Business Revolution – Main Street TV series. Get tickets for Amanda here.
We’re excited to begin podcasting the speakers from the Good Leadership Breakfast, beginning on February 16, featuring Jurriaan Kamp.
Good leaders find positivity and optimism by living and working with people who radiate goodness. And they find ways to help the people around them thrive by drowning out the dark noise.
Please share with me: Which speaker are you looking forward to most, to boost your winter mood?
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