How do you make a meteoric community impact?

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Good leaders from Accent Signage accepted the Sustainability Award last Thursday evening at the Minnesota Business Community Impact Awards. They received a standing ovation from the crowd who appreciated their courage after a well-publicized tragedy the company suffered this past year.

Earlier this month, the entire world gazed with awe at the meteor that burned through the Russian skies. It’s sonic boom made an historic impact on earth,  landing at 38,000 miles per hour. The damage was tragic, but it was Super Bowl Sunday for astrophysicists around the globe.

Last week, I was honored to be the Master of Ceremonies at the Super Bowl of generosity in Minnesota: the right kind of meteoric impact.  Minnesota Business Magazine presented the first-ever Community Impact Awards. My rock star moment was sharing the stage with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Ryback and congratulating winners like the leadership team of Accent Signage.

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Minneapolis Mayor RT Ryback on stage at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota

The Mayor’s message? Giving back to the community makes good business sense because that’s where our employees and our customers live.  In Minnesota we believe it’s important to give back because healthy families are the source of good employees and good customers.

Nearly 300 people celebrated the good things that come from good leaders in Minnesota business.  Twelve companies won awards, 36 won praise and admiration. The air was pregnant with excellence, generosity, fairness and positivity – the themes of goodness in leadership.

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I was honored to be the Master of Ceremonies for such a joyous event. The room was radiating goodness and we raised more than $2000 for the MN Alzheimer’s Association through the Bucket of Good Will.

The local President of Bremer bank said it best: “We are so honored to be included in a group of people who are radiating goodness.” Where do you suppose he learned that phrase?

Good leaders make a habit of investing their time, energy and money into cultivating an environment that attracts and retains good employees and customers. And they give back handsomely to their local communities, because that’s where the best employees and customers come from.

PS: At the invitation of Publisher Tamara Prato, the Bucket of Good Will made a special appearance. Collectively, we contributed more than $2000 to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of Minnesota.  Laura Juergens from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America was the “winner” who chose the Alzheimer’s Foundation as the recipient.

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6 Comments

  1. Mbergman on February 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Paul.Thanks for another great blog.
    Also, a big thanks for the Alzheimers  donation..Wonderful!
    See you soon,
    Mark



  2. Mbergman on February 26, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Hi Paul.Thanks for another great blog.
    Also, a big thanks for the Alzheimers  donation..Wonderful!
    See you soon,
    Mark



  3. Paul Batz on February 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Goodness, goodness everywhere!  It was truly fun to be at the center of something so good for business… It was a huge win for Minnesota Business Magazine: next year there will be twice the people in the room, and a huge donation through the Bucket of Good Will.  



  4. Paul Batz on February 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Goodness, goodness everywhere!  It was truly fun to be at the center of something so good for business… It was a huge win for Minnesota Business Magazine: next year there will be twice the people in the room, and a huge donation through the Bucket of Good Will.  



  5. mikenolan99 on March 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    “The air was pregnant with excellence, generosity, fairness and positivity – the themes of goodness in leadership.”  What a great description… sorry I missed the event!



  6. mikenolan99 on March 8, 2013 at 8:31 am

    “The air was pregnant with excellence, generosity, fairness and positivity – the themes of goodness in leadership.”  What a great description… sorry I missed the event!



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