Science and Good Leadership with Alison Brown

Good Leadership is the art and science of people working together to create great results.

After 21-months of pivoting, the Good Leadership Breakfast Series finally returned to a live meeting last Friday. Getting back into the ballroom, required a whole lot of people working together. And it was energizing to be back with our sponsors in person. Alison Brown, President and CEO of the Science Museum of Minnesota was the guest speaker.  You can watch the program here.

Alison discussed how her combined passion for science and relationship-building has resulted in a high-performing team that is driven to dream big. In the Breakfast recording, you will also see how pre-breakfast research revealed that many executive leaders are left to “go it alone” to accomplish important team goals:

  • only 54% know the goals of their teammates.
  • And 46% do not have incentives to help their teammates hit their goals.

This shows the foundational “thrive together” idea underneath how goodness pays, is fatally flawed for half of executive teams.

Alison and I also go in-depth to understand her success habits and what makes her the phenomenal leader that she is today. Alison invests heavily in building supportive relationships with her executive team, and that has paid off in extraordinary ways surviving Covid shutdowns. Interviews with her colleagues revealed three specific Success Habits of her team leadership which produce great results:

  1. She has a Purpose Statement for the Senior Team:
  2. Her team does an “Orbit Ritual” – high-level 2-minute summaries of what’s going on in the organization
  3. Doing things together – retreats, outings, social time. “Admittedly, we didn’t do so well at this one during Covid,” Alison admitted.

This one is well worth the watch. Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of whatever suits your fancy this holiday week, and there’s plenty to learn about The Science of Good Leadership from Alison Brown.

You are invited to join us back in the ballroom again beginning March 10, 2022, when Mike Stigers, CEO of Cub Foods. Thanks for all of your support and encouragement. That’s one of the ways goodness pays.

Paul Batz

Paul Batz is CEO and Founder of Good Leadership Enterprises. He is an inspirational leadership coach, best selling author and professional speaker. His Good Leadership blog is recognized as one of the top leadership posts in America today.