Category Archives - BOLD

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How BOLD Leaders Use the Information They Gather

If you’ve been in business for more than a few years, you’ve likely seen your own organization, and probably others, launch ‘research’ that ends up on the shelf. Or someone tries to use research for purposes that were not intended when it was collected – and probably not legitimate to the methodology used – or…

Never Hire a Consultant to Give an Answer: An Interview with Pat Donovan

I’ve known and respected Pat Donovan, CEO of Bremer Bank, for many years – ‘socially’ as they say.  Out my office window I look across a couple of city blocks to the Bremer sign atop their corporate office tower.  One day, seeing that sign, I decided to reach out and ask Pat if he would…

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A Model to Help BOLD Leaders Prioritize Initiatives

“Hello.  My name is Ryan and I’m an efficiency addict.”  This is what I would say if there was an Efficiency Anonymous group.  I’m a fan of Franklin Covey.  I love Microsoft Excel.  And yes, I’m an achiever in my Strengthsfinder results.  I love getting things completed in the shortest amount of time with the…

Steve Milligan Interview

 This interview was conducted while Steve was the CEO of HGST. He had been at HGST since September of 2007, entering as the CFO. “Being in the hard drive business requires innovation and rapid execution. It is that combination that is interesting and very challenging.” This year after the merger of HGST with Western Digital, Steve…

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How BOLD Leaders Stay One Step Ahead of Customers

You’re doing the right things. You’ve chosen your target customers wisely and found a set of needs you can solve for them better than anyone else can. People and teams across your organization are doing their best to make daily decisions that meet or exceed the requirements your customers value most. And you’re constantly re-evaluating…

John Dunlap Interview

When you meet John Dunlap, director at the San Diego Zoo, it is clear he is a very organized thinker and action-oriented guy. Zoo staff members say that on any given day you can find John out front at the Zoo, meeting people, engaging with visitors and demonstrating the experience he works so hard to…

Beth Sparboe Schnell Interview

Sparboe Farms: Bob Sparboe started the Sparboe Chick Company after returning from service in the Korean War, distributing day-old chicks to farmers in Central Minnesota. Today, after more than 55 years in the business, Sparboe Farms is the fifth largest egg producer in the country serving retail, wholesale, and food service customers in 26 states.