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When Only You See the Dead People: An Interview with Matthew Taylor

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I first met Matthew Taylor, Vice President of Information Technology at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, several years back when we were both working for the Catholic Health Initiatives national office of Population Health. It was a new team charged with starting and leading [...]

Ferociously Curious: An Interview with Coreen Dicus-Johnson

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We were barely into our conversation about BOLD leadership when Coreen Dicus-Johnson, President and CEO of Network Health, headquartered in Menasha, Wisconsin, mentioned that her staff has told her she is “ferociously curious.” Curiosity, along with confidence, empathy and trust are the [...]

Wow. That’s going to work! An Interview with Rick Dow

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Any conversation with Rick Dow is a fast drive through seemingly unrelated stories that all come back to some key notions that he has – and that I think he is honestly not aware of until you ask a couple questions. I [...]

Personal Tragedy into Positive Action: An interview with Julie Smith

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Dr. Julie M Smith was the co-founder of CLG, Inc., which she describes as “the world’s premiere behavior-based strategy execution firm.” She and her colleagues have reason to claim that position having worked with many in the Fortune 500, at all levels [...]

Can an introvert be a BOLD leader?

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Yvonne Scott is such a natural introvert, her father, upon her college graduation and learning of her interest in applying for an audit position, said to her, “You know, Yvonne, if you’re going to be an auditor, you’re going to have to [...]

Cold Calling: An Interview with Joyce Cacho

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An email arrived in my inbox one day from Joyce Cacho. I didn’t know Joyce. She introduced herself as a member of Women Corporate Directors, where she found my name in the national directory. Coming to Minnesota for a Land O’Lakes board [...]

My money is on Lee: An Interview with Lee Jones

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“Lee Jones is AMAZING, she really is!” said one of her largest private equity shareholders and board members, Erwin Kelen. I met Erwin many years ago when we served together on a nonprofit board. He is a renaissance man if there ever [...]

Networks Lead You to the Most Wonderful People: An Interview with Will Prest

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Throughout my career I’ve made an effort to stay in touch with people I’ve worked with, enjoy, trust, and admire. Those who know me well often introduce me to new, interesting people. Such a gift! Certainly, in the BOLD leader work we’ve [...]

Of No Illusions: An Interview with Penny Wheeler, M.D.

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Dr. Penny Wheeler skipped directly from her obstetrics/gynecology medical practice to chief clinical officer and then to president and CEO of Allina Health. Allina, just to give a few stats, employs over 29,000 people, has over $4.1 billion in annual revenues, and [...]

A Tad Bit Uncomfortable: An Interview with Terri Kline

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“If you are truly BOLD, everything you do is a tad bit uncomfortable. You can’t be bold if you’re not courageous and willing to be uncomfortable.” Terri Kline, President and CEO of Health Alliance Plan (HAP), made this observation about halfway through [...]

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

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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 [...]

Alignment, Not Sameness: An Interview with Mary Brainerd

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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

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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

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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

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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 [...]