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10 Reasons Change Succeeds or Fails: Compelling Case for Change

By | Tuesday, May 23, 2017|

We have found that there are ten factors that determine the success or failure of any organizational change.  In this series, we will examine each of these factors.  The second is whether you have developed a compelling case for change. Organizations that [...]

10 Reasons Change Succeeds or Fails: Winning Strategy

By | Thursday, May 18, 2017|

We have found that there are ten factors that determine the success or failure of any organizational change.  In this series, we will examine each of these factors.  The first is whether you have developed a winning strategy. Organizations that are most [...]

B2B Customer Strategy: Who Do You Serve and What Are You Solving?

By | Wednesday, May 10, 2017|

We encounter many business to business clients who have realized “what got them here is not what is going to get them there.”  One of the consistent themes that emerges regardless of industry is that over time, B2B companies often develop a [...]

Bold Leader Guide to Customer Experience

By | Thursday, April 13, 2017|

As business leaders, we understand: companies exist only if they meet a set of customer needs. The most successful companies today increasingly understand that how their organization delivers for customers is as important as what it delivers. This orientation has resulted in [...]

Know Thyself: A Bold Leader Interview with Maureen Spivack

By | Monday, January 30, 2017|

The ancient Greek aphorism “know thyself” was on full display as we visited with the very self-aware Maureen Spivack. Maureen is one of those folks that immediately establishes instant credibility. Some of it is from her 30 plus years of investment banking [...]

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 [...]