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23 Jan

Successful CEOs Get Their Hands Dirty During Strategy Execution

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

Question #1: Why are there referees in football, soccer, basketball and hockey and umpires in baseball? Answer: To enforce the rules and maintain order. Question #2: Why are referees and umpires allowed to call penalties, fouls and other infractions and “punish” offenders? Answer: Because influence alone is not enough. Without the power to impose consequences

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16 Jan

If Only Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Had Eaten a Slice of Pie

Danielle PaulsonBy Danielle Paulson

Almost exactly one year ago, my colleague blogged about the leadership trials and tribulations of several high-profile CEOs and the tough issues facing their organizations. Among them, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Target’s Brian Cornell and Volkswagen’s Martin Winkerhorn. Perhaps one of the most controversial names on the list was that of Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo.

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02 Jan

Mutiny on the Vikings

Leigh BaileyBy Leigh Bailey

A leadership crisis appears to have erupted within the Minnesota Vikings. After the recent game against the Green Bay Packers, it was reported that members of the Vikings’ defense acted in defiance of Mike Zimmer’s game plan. (For those who don’t follow the Vikings closely, Mike Zimmer is in his second year as Vikings head coach

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19 Dec

How Women in Tech Leadership Are Transforming Their Organizations

Chris OlsenBy Chris Olsen

Several women in tech leadership, from Minnesota-based organizations such as Cargill, CaringBridge, Clockwork, Medtronic, Nina Hale, Inc., UnitedHealth Group and more, have devoted their lives and careers to breaking down barriers, overcoming obstacles and transforming the technology industry for women and minorities. They recently provided their perspectives for a series of articles and a white paper exploring the barriers faced by C-level leaders in

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