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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 [...]

Interview with Jennifer Smith: The Reward of Confounding Expectations

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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

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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 [...]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 [...]