Breakfast of Champions with Damon Runnals
Friday, August 22nd
The Southern Theater, Minneapolis


The Care and Feeding of Your Professional Image
Saturday, August 23rd
Dunn Brothers Coffee Lab, St. Paul


Social Enterprise: Giving Purpose to Profit
Friday, September 19th
12 - 1pm
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits



* Notes from Creating Leader-full Spaces presentation at 2012 Nonprofit Leadership Conference.

* Facilitation resources on topics such as Open Space Technology and World Cafe, and groups such as the Public Conversations Project and the international Art of Hosting network.






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Moving On

By Sarah Townsend Morris
Follow me on Twitter: @morrissaraht

“HelloGoodbyeHelloGoodbye… I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello.”
The Beatles, Hello, Goodbye

These lyrics come from what feels like my theme song of late: Hello, Goodbye by The Beatles. Since graduating college in 2007, my now husband and I have moved four times, never staying anywhere longer than three years. Perhaps we’re not so different from you or many others in our generation, who chase job opportunities wherever they lead.

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A more “Beautiful day in the neighborhood”

By Angie Keeton

Click “Like” if Fred Rogers is your hero?

“Rodgie”—as I called him as a child—was and is one of my heroes, and I know that I’m not alone in this sentiment. I can say that nearly every morning as a young child, I turned on PBS, and watched, listened, and learned with my favorite TV neighbor.

Now, 30 years later, watching Mr. Rogers with my own kid, I am happily swept back to a beautiful time when and I learned about feelings, making crayons, Yo-Yo Ma, cooperation, friendship, and caring for animals—especially the fish. For his talent, persistence, patience, humility, I am grateful to have experienced it all first hand, while he was still with us.

Pam Costain, president and CEO of Achieve Mpls and guest speaker at June’s Breakfast of Champions, spoke to us with conviction and candor and posed the question “Who influences us? Who mentors us? Who are we drawn to as leaders to learn from?”

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Forever young

By Adam Yust
Follow me on Twitter: @mplstp

Have you ever felt like the youngest person in the room? Growing up in a civically-engaged family, I constantly found myself the youngest person at neighborhood meetings. 

In 2000, at age 13, I went on the record at a Saint Paul community meeting to oppose a project that would have destroyed aspects of my neighborhood. A bus-way from downtown Saint Paul to Mall of America was proposed to travel down the center of West 7th Street. This transit project would have cut service levels, divided the neighborhood in half, and taken away boulevard trees. Because of my young age, people at the meeting asked me, "Why are you here?" I answered, "I'm here because I care."

Fast forward to 2014.

I currently sit on the board of my Saint Paul neighborhood district council. This board doubles as a nonprofit and a community development corporation. Saint Paul is lucky to have a local form of governance like the Neighborhood District Council System. It is relatively easy to become civically engaged in your community by participating in your neighborhood district council.     

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Can we stop talking about passion for a minute?

By: Lindsay Bacher
Follow me on Twitter: @lindsayinMPLS

It seems to be pretty standard for career books and blogs (even this one) to tell you that the secret to career success is to channel your passion and do the thing you love.

That’s crap. Well-intentioned, but in my opinion, crap.

Ok, maybe not complete crap, but unattainable for a lot of people. It takes a certain amount of luck and grit to make it in a career that matches your passion. And we have to acknowledge that being paid to do the thing you love is a privilege. It’s far more common for people to hate their job than to love it.

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Communication gaps: Road tripping without a map

by Kate Borman
Follow me on Twitter: @k8borman

Have you ever been ¾ into a project only for it to unexpectedly halt because others have different ideas or are not on the same page? We have all been there, and while it can be very frustrating, it simply suggests a misunderstanding.


But what if it this happens regularly? Then that one time misunderstanding turns into a communication gap, and it requires more than just the “do better next time” approach. It requires everyone involved to assess the problem, identify solutions, and take deliberate efforts to change the way you communicate. All relationships require intentional communication, whether it’s a conversation with your partner, colleague, or even your mother.

Our experiences, especially our failures, are our best teachers. When we find ourselves in undesirable situations, we often wish we had a redo button. But when you cannot hit redo, how do you identify the problem so that next time your outcome will be different? In my experience,when I’m faced with communication barriers, unintentional problems can have serious repercussions.

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