• Leadership Resources

    The MetroNorth Chamber is proud to offer impactful leadership resources and programming on a variety of topics. Below is more information as well as links to helpful resources.  

  • Homerun Leadership – Dr. Dave Webb

    Our Working with Women crew had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Dave Webb on how they can hit their leadership skills out of the park at the May meeting. See below for some of his takeaways.


    IROD – The Basis of Homerun Leadership – Leadership Types

    Descriptive Name | Shorthand Name

    Information | 1st Baser

    Reactions | 2nd Baser

    Options | 3rd Baser

    Decision | 4th Baser

    What each “baser” is looking for in a decision-making process:

    Information: Do we have all the INFORMATION on this topic?

    Reactions: Do we have everyone’s REACTIONS to the information?

    Options: Have we brainstormed all the OPTIONS, listed pros and cons of each, and prioritized the list?

    Decision: Is the DECISION the will of the group?

    You can quickly increase your leadership success by understanding IROD and “running the bases” in order.


    Regular Leaders vs. Homerun Leaders

    “Regular Leaders make decisions independently without gathering all the information or allowing the team to reach and research alternative options, creating mistrust and resistance.”

    “Homerun Leaders gather the best information, the team’s reactions to this information, brainstorm together and prioritize options to reach a team decision.”

    Read more about Dr. Dave Webb’s Homerun Leadership strategy in his book “Homerun Leadership: Your Guide to Better, Faster Team Decisions”, now available in our Leadership Library!


    Hennepin County Sheriff Dawanna Witt Shares Her Story

    In April, Hennepin County Sheriff Dawanna Witt spoke to MetroNorth members as part of a leadership lunch and learn. Sheriff Witt shared her powerful story of strength, perseverance, and grit in both her personal and professional life. When asked what we could do to be a community change maker like herself, she encouraged all of us to get to know our neighbors…strong neighborhoods deter crime. She also reminded us to remember the humanness in people, including those behind the badge.  


    Daily Execution. Extraordinary Results

    Our Excellence in Business Awards Luncheon speaker, Scott Welle left the crowd motivated to achieve new heights. Scott has spent more than 15 years helping people ‘raise their game,’ personally and professionally through his own experience in ‘outperforming the norm’ in his own life (he’s completed 34 marathons, 5 Ironman triathlons, a 100-mile ultra marathon!) See below for his takeaways.

    • Have D.U.M.B Goals
      • Goals that are dream driven, unrealistic, meaningful, and benefit others
    • Set the O.P.P.
      • Outcome Goals are the end destination – they provide motivation and direction.
      • Performance Goals are benchmarks, checkpoints, milestones – they provide feedback of whether you’re on pace.
      • Process Goals are 100% controllable actions and activities – they provide empowerment efficiency and effectiveness.
    • Execute with Excellence
      • Own it, Live it, Love it, Shove it, Internalize it, Externalize it, Stack it, Track it, Speak it, Tweak it. Daily execution requires turning our lengthy to-do list into a limited strategic priorities list. And when this happens, individually AND collectively, extraordinary results are achieved.

    For learn more about Scott, or even connect with him, visit his website.


    The Safari Way to Greater Happiness

    Steve Fredlund, captivated the crowd at the MetroNorth 2023 Annual Meeting with his inspirational stories and humor as he led us in our journey to unlocking greater happiness – the safari way. From understanding how external pressures impact decisions to empowering everyone and pursuing the experience they truly want to sharing five practical ways to become happier in every area of their life, including “get the right peeps in your jeeps” and doing the “unright” thing), not a single moment was wasted in this adventure.

    Here are Steve’s “Big 5” – Keys to Becoming Happier the Safari Way:

    1. Choose Your Experience – you have a lot more choice in how you live than you think you do!
    2. Get the Right Peeps in Your Jeeps – are the people you are surrounded by pursuing the same mission as you?
    3. Do the “Unright” Thing – sometimes doing the thing that seems wrong, or unirght, is exactly what you need to do!
    4. Take in the View – slow down, pause, and take a moment to reflect.
    5. Embrace the Adventure – life is all about the highs and lows, and ups and downs. Learn to embrace all of it, as you would an epic adventure because that is what life is – an EPIC adventure!


    If you would like more resources from Steve “Safari Dude” Fredlund, visit SteveFredlund.com/Resources, which includes the "Get the Right Peeps Quick Start Guide" and his article, "Leadership Lessons from the Cape Buffalo."

    Further, everyone is invited to subscribe to Steve's monthly email newsletter, "The Safari Way." The newsletter focuses on encouraging readers to live out the “Big 5” of The Safari Way that he shared with us: Choose YOUR experience, get the right peeps in the jeep, do the unright thing, take in the view, and embrace the adventure. The newsletter also keeps Steve’s community up to date on new resources, upcoming retreats and even actual African safaris!

    To join the mailing list, or to connect with Steve, simply send an email to Steve@SteveFredlund.com.


    The People Spark: A Business Leader's Essential Guide to Crafting Your Culture with Confidence by Erin Mies & Kristen Ireland

    "There are plenty of books that teach business leaders about culture, business performance, and HR practices, but what makes The People Spark stand out? Too often, books focus on theory and concepts (the what that needs to be done), leaving leaders without a clear direction exactly how to do it.

    The People Spark is aimed at business that may or may not have formalized human resources support or processes in place (and that's okay!) and provide a step-by-step guide to help leaders determine the culture they want for their business and teach them how to build and reinforce it through straightforward practical actions.

    Throughout this book, Erin and Kristen harmonize teaching leaders on creating processes and implementing methods that equip their people for success. This strategic parallel is intended to support, influence, encourage, and infuse the desired culture of a business. It is also to enrich leaders in coaching their people to support and sustain it. That's where the magic happens. THAT'S the People Spark."

    This book is available in our leadership library. If you would like your very own copy, you can purchase it HERE.


    What's Your Plan?

    If you're a business owner, you know that your company is not just a job, it's your livelihood. That's why it's crucial to have a comprehensive estate plan in place. Steve Helseth of Bolt Law Firm dove into everything from basic estate planning documents to unique business aspects that impact your estate plan. We discussed the importance of business entities and company records books, liability protection, and estate taxes that can affect business owners. We also explored different scenarios for passing on your business, from selling to a third party to passing it down to a child or key employee.

    Sunrise Recap

    BLOG: Estate Planning: The Basics

    BLOG: Business Succession Planning


    Online Reputation Management

    Your online reputation can make or break your business. With the increasing importance of online reviews and social media presence, it's crucial to manage your reputation online. Dick Fisher of e-Merge Online Marketing, shared effective steps and strategies to implement in your business help you build a great online image.

    Mastermind Recap

    WEBSITE: Overview of Online Reviews and Why They Matter

    BLOG: Online Reviews and Their Impact on Senior Living Communities

    Stay Connected with e-Merge Online Marketing Through Facebook


    Shake Your Assets

    August’s leadership topic is presented by Lisa Jacobson, CEO of Sila Development, and her NEW movement- Life Is So Amazing! Lisa works with individuals to find their most Amazing Life by taking the time to figure out what TRULY jazzes them up and how they could do more of that and less of the things that deplete them.

    Life Is So Amazing Goals Worksheet

    Mastermind Recap



    Insights From the Experts

    Are you on track with your 2023 business or personal goals? Stefani Havel (Stefani Havel LLC), Brandy Gilbert (Urban Air Adventure Park/Crisp & Green), and Mike Kaeding (Norhart) shared wisdom and strategies to help us achieve success during our mid-year review. 

    Sunrise Take-away's

    Mastermind Take-away's


    Unlocking Exponential Growth

    Mike Kaeding, CEO of Norhart and Past Chair of the Board of Directors, spoke on the business practices he has implemented in his business that has gained Norhart great success and worldwide attention.


    No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings (Chairman of Netflix)

    Work Rules by Laszlo Bock (Google)

    Mastermind Takeaway's


    Focus. That's the Key to Business Success.

    Kristen Ireland, People Spark Consulting guided us on how to create the focus needed for yourself and your teams to achieve your business success that starts with establishing clear goals that drive key behaviors for yourself and your team.


    The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity

    The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth About Extraordinary Results

    Blog: Tie Business Goals to Behavior and Watch Employee Engagement Soar


    The Values of Servant Leadership

    Scott Hanson and Andrea Bolin from Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, guided us on the values servant leadership.


    One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard

    Culture Rules by Mark Miller

    Smart Leadership by Mark Miller


    Live and Work In Your Strengths

    Brandy Gilbert, Urban Air Adventure Park/Crisp & Green Blaine, guided us on how to capitalize upon our strengths in our personal and professional lives.

    Gallup Strengths Assessment


    How to Be a Better Leader

    Leader Authenticity Starts With Knowing Yourself

    Great Leaders Have These Behaviors in Common



    Strengths Finders 2.0 by Tom Rath (find in the Leadership Library)


    Sunrise Take-away's


    Personal Behavior Styles Using DiSC

    Stefani Havel, your 2023 Board of Directors Chair, led the charge in our discussion on personal behavior styles us DiSC as our guide. 

    Free DiSC Assessment


    Introduction to DiSC

    Scott Schwefel -Ted Talk - Your Personality and your Brain- - Bing video


    The Seven Levels of Communication by Michael J. Maher (find in the Leadership Library)

    How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes

    Overall Takeaway's

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