Client Case Studies


Below is a partial list of some of the exceptional clients we have had the privilege of serving:

  • American Residential Services
  • Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
  • Dacotah Bank
  • Domino’s
  • Ecolab, Inc.
  • EBSCO Industries, Inc.
  • Essentia Health
  • Fabcon Incorporated
  • Flowserve Corporation
  • Liberty Diversified International
  • Sun Health
  • Macy’s
  • Midco
  • Mortenson Company
  • Pentair, Inc.
  • Polaris Industries, Inc.
  • Post Consumer Brands
  • Sleep Number
  • Sundt Construction, Inc.
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of MN Physicians
  • U.S. Bank


“We view everything through the lens of value, whether that be our talent management activities or other initiatives. We wouldn’t be doing business with you if we didn’t think we were getting good value.”

– A consumer packaged goods company

“With MDA, you get the best of both worlds of a big firm and a small firm. Just about everything we ask for we get an immediate response; you can tell MDA really wants to meet the need.”  

– Roger Fix, Former Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board, Standex International Corporation

“You make us feel like we’re the only client you have! We work with a number of different partners, so we have a good point of comparison with this. Your team goes out of their way to make sure you are meeting the client need. In comparison to other partners, the quality is high and the partnership is high.”

– A premier national retailer

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®.