What is real power? And what is different about the leaders who have it? After 20 years in corporate America as a leader in the trenches and today as a full-time speaker helping teams across the country boost performance, sales and leadership impact, I’ve had conversations with countless C-suite executives, business owners, managers and individual contributors. Read More
There has been a lot of talk about job creation in our country. For that to happen, you need to have good leaders running quality companies that are innovative. They also need to treat their talent well so that innovation continues. Read More
Success is hard to come by when you aren’t clear on your strengths and values. All too often folks are stuck, whether disengaged or underutilized, within organizations. The answers needed to find success are within us all, but sometimes it takes the right person to pull them out. Read More

Photo by Emily J. Davis

I don’t know how Amy Ronneberg does it all. When we met years ago I was impressed then with all she juggled. She’s a force of positivity and realism — at home, at work and in the community. Amy serves as CFO of Be the Match/National Marrow Donor Program, which saves lives every day by matching bone marrow donors with patients in need. Read More

Sandy Vargas. Photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Foundation.

Casa de Esperanza, an anti-violence organization with deep ties to the Twin Cities Latino/a community, is hosting its first-ever Honoring Latina Leadership gala at the Minneapolis Event Center on September 30. Read More

MN BIZ: What led you to becoming an expert in leadership presence and the power of communication?
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January is a favored month for Minnesotans to flee to Florida. For residents of the Sunshine State, August represents the reverse end of the weather misery index, with brutal summer heat and humidity.
No matter how hot it is in Minnesota this month, it’s bound to represent relief to the 100 business leaders who will be visiting from the Tampa-St. Petersburg metropolitan area.
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If you’ve met Nancy Lyons, you’d be confident in thinking she’s an extrovert.  She mixes well, has a wicked sense of humor and is an easy person to like. When you get beyond the day-to-day, you’ll find she describes herself as a “closet introvert” and the CEO of Clockwork has been in extroverted careers throughout her life. Read More

Dennis Stauffer

What's the quality that’s always at or near the top of the list when businesses and investors are asked what they seek in employees or startups? The ability to be innovative.
Now a Plymouth researcher has created an index to identify and evaluate that prized personal commodity, with a measurement test that can be administered in a matter of 20 minutes.
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