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What is a Bold Leader?

By | Thursday, March 12, 2015|

There are whole sections in business libraries and bookstores dedicated to the topic of leadership.  What it is.  What it requires.  Masters write about it and rewrite about it over and over again. Some new and long established names you may have read:  Peter Drucker, John Kotter, Seth Godin, Warren Bennis, Daniel Pink, Gary Hamel, Steven Covey, Clayton Christensen, Daniel Goleman, Jim Collins, Malcolm Gladwell, Patrick Lencioni… and I could go on.  The field is large and rich.  People study and pursue advanced degrees in it. […]

Bold Leaders Change the World for the Better: An Interview with Glen Gunderson

By | Wednesday, November 2, 2016|

Has anyone reading this post NOT heard of “the Y?” The YMCA? How many of you have a story about how “the Y” in some small or great way touched your life? I’m guessing most, if not all, of you. Glen Gunderson [...]

Intentional Culture: Start with the Employee Experience

By | Monday, October 10, 2016|

Are you facing the question, “How do we change our culture to support the strategy we have just defined?”  As my colleagues and I were discussing this challenge, we identified an important element of creating an intentional culture: purposefully connecting the Customer [...]

Alignment, Not Sameness: An Interview with Mary Brainerd

By | Monday, October 3, 2016|

Don’t you just love those moments when someone says something so simple, so clear and therefore so brilliant, light bulbs literally go off in your head? I sure do and it happened to me in a recent conversation with Mary Brainerd, CEO [...]

Bold Leadership in For-Profit and Nonprofit Work: An Interview with Tim Clark

By | Wednesday, September 7, 2016|

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Tim Clark about BOLD LEADERSHIP.  Having had two very different careers, I was interested in learning more about what Tim saw as universal truths about leadership. At CarVal Investors, Tim Clark had grown the [...]

It’s About Strategic Positioning, Not Strategic Perfection: An Interview with Doug Stark

By | Monday, August 29, 2016|

I asked a former work colleague and friend, Sandi Schmiesing, if, in her current organization, she knew of a bold leader based on our Aveus definition: someone who thinks and acts beyond the existing organizational limits, is imaginative, and is willing to [...]

What is the Truth? An Interview with Jay Coughlan

By | Monday, August 1, 2016|

Jay Coughlan – successful former Chairman and CEO of XRS Corporation, President and CEO of Lawson Software, convicted felon, husband, father, board member, speaker, coach, and now the CEO and Managing Director of TruBalanced – and I reconnected after several years for [...]

Interview with Jennifer Smith: The Reward of Confounding Expectations

By | Thursday, June 16, 2016|

I met Jennifer Smith at a fund and friend-raising gala for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. She was just hours off the plane from a trip to Rwanda and Uganda, and I was impressed that she and her husband Brooks were awake. But [...]

Nurturing Boldness: An Interview with Diana Rehnberg

By | Wednesday, May 18, 2016|

Once upon a time (well, actually many times over decades!), I was a mentor in a national program that paired experienced executives with up and coming business leaders. My first mentee in that program, Colleen Larson, and I have stayed in touch [...]

Pausing to Move Forward: Sending a Powerful Message

By | Thursday, March 31, 2016|

You’ve probably seen the headlines over the last few weeks about how Chipotle closed all locations for a company-wide meeting on food safety. The news articles range from mildly noteworthy to shocked predictions of the certain doom of the restaurant chain. When [...]

Thinking of Great Ideas AND Making Them Walk, Too – An Interview with Becky Roloff

By | Wednesday, March 30, 2016|

Becky Roloff is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of Minneapolis.  As their website describes, the YWCA serves over 30,000 annually with a budget of $23 million through a dedicated staff of over 600 full and part-time employees.  I’ve [...]

Optimistic. Empathetic. Curious. An Interview with Carly Broderick

By | Friday, March 4, 2016|

Let me start this post where Carly Broderick and I ended our bold leader conversation. Optimistic, empathetic and curious were three adjectives Carly offered as the best descriptors of herself. I don’t know her well but in our few exchanges, all three [...]

Never Satisfied and Always Moving Forward: An Interview with Dr. Nicolas Guggenheim

By | Wednesday, February 24, 2016|

I’ve known Dr. Nicolas Guggenheim, the President of Heraeus Medical Components (HMC) and worked with him and his team for a couple of years now. We have (hopefully he agrees!) a strong, positive working relationship and yet I find him a bit [...]

Learn Out Loud: An Interview with Nancy Dahl

By | Thursday, February 18, 2016|

I remember the day I met Nancy Dahl. It was 1999 and I was in a small fishbowl conference room at Lifetouch where she was at the time Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. It was a small group, discussing the implications [...]

Connect the Dots Through What and Why: An Interview with Steven Guida

By | Tuesday, February 9, 2016|

  My bold leader interview with Steve Guida picked up after a 15 – 20-year gap. Neither of us could remember exactly the last time we saw each other. As so often happens when you haven’t seen someone in a while, you [...]

4 Ways to Accurately Anticipate Customer Needs

By | Thursday, January 14, 2016|

You’ve given your customer a reason to come to your company in the first place and succeeded in solving one of your customer’s needs. Congratulations on a job well done. What’s next?  Delivering another winner that will alleviate the next customer problem [...]