Honoring the Legacy of Lynn Davis

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Lynn Davis, husband of MDA’s Chair and Founder Sandra Davis. Throughout his life, Lynn was a pillar of strength for those who knew him and a born leader known for mentoring others. He shared his generous spirit and encouraged others to realize their potential. Above all, Lynn loved his family, cheering on his kids, grandkids and his wife, whom he believed could do anything—like launch a world-class leadership consultancy. He will be dearly missed by all of us at MDA as he was our greatest champion and advocate, yet his spirit lives on through his family and friends. Rest in peace, Lynn.

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Learn How Otter Tail and Polaris Drive Business Transformation

MDA supports organizations with business transformation by aligning their business and talent strategy and leveraging best practice solutions. Read this Twin Cities Business article to learn how we supported Otter Tail Corporation and Polaris Inc. with this important work, leading to extraordinary growth and success for both organizations.

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MDA Leadership Wins Gold

MDA Leadership won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold Award for Excellence in the Best Advance in Leadership Development for The Bench Strength Experience, a unique blended learning program that integrates powerful assessment insights for aspiring leaders with unparalleled opportunities for social learning while simultaneously equipping managers and the organization to engage in talent conversations at every level of the pipeline.

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MDA Leadership Consulting Relocates to Capella Tower

MDA Leadership Consulting relocated its downtown Minneapolis headquarters to the 50th floor of the Capella Tower (225 South Sixth Street) on February 17, 2017. The new office will allow MDA Leadership employees to more effectively deliver integrated talent solutions to the firm’s clients.

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C-suite Selection and Succession: Delivering Leadership Excellence for the Future

MDA Leadership helps CEOs articulate executive leadership needs, identify top talent, and accelerate C-suite transitions.

Senior Executive Blueprinting ™
Succession planning begins at the top. CEOs, in partnership with human resources and their boards, must think carefully about the talent they need for the future in key leadership roles. Similar to CEO Blueprinting™, MDA Leadership helps our clients articulate the executive leadership they will need to successfully navigate emerging business challenges and drive evolving strategies.
C-suite Selection and Succession
Not all C-suite hires and promotions achieve success. We help CEOs select the right executives by bringing an informed, experienced, and objective voice to the table. Based on a CEO’s criteria and an organization’s norms, we assess and analyze executive candidates to provide definitive and well-grounded promotion and hiring recommendations.
C-Suite Transitions
About 60% of executives say they were not prepared for the strategic challenges they faced in their new senior leadership roles.3 MDA Leadership accelerates effective transition into the C-suite. Through a unique discovery process, we help executives gain deep insight into what it will take to be successful given stakeholder expectations, team dynamics, and the nuances of C-suite leadership. Our seasoned coaches guide leaders in designing and executing highly relevant and engaging onboarding plans.

Board Services: Enhancing Board Effectiveness

MDA Leadership helps boards strengthen their governance roles and internal dynamics.

Board Evaluations
Most boards are required to evaluate their own performance on an annual basis—an exercise that can range from “checking the box” to an experience that truly engages board members in the right conversations. Our services include full board evaluations, individual director reviews, peer feedback, chair role transitions, and action planning.
Board and CEO Consultation
Creating strong board and CEO collaboration requires mutual trust and respect. Forging and maintaining productive relationships cannot be left to chance. MDA Leadership provides trusted advisor consultation for CEOs and their boards to foster alignment in critical areas such as decision-making, role clarity, governance, and communication.
CEO Coaching and Trusted Advisor Consultation
Two-thirds of CEOs don’t receive any outside advice on their leadership skills, and yet almost all would be receptive to suggestions from a coach.4 Since a one-size-fits-all playbook for CEOs doesn’t exist, MDA Leadership provides CEO coaching. Whether business performance is hitting the mark or not, even seasoned CEOs benefit from the safe place and counsel we provide to help them evolve their leadership.

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At MDA Leadership, we know there are no one-size-fits-all solutions for every organization. We take the time to get to know your business and your leadership needs and recommend a range of options that are the best fit for your growth goals. Let's see how MDA Leadership can optimize your Talent Strategy for the Long Run®.