Leadership Development Case Studies

Pursuing Steady Growth Through Powerful Leadership Development

Otter Tail Corporation and MDA Leadership have partnered for over a decade to create award-winning leadership development solutions that bring together participants from across Otter Tail’s diverse companies and build their talent pipeline for enduring success. Learn more here.

Otter Tail’s Leadership Initiative Creates a More Inclusive, Respectful, and Effective Culture

Otter Tail and MDA teamed up to create The Inclusive Leader/Respectful Workplace Series to provide education and training on respectful workplaces and what it means to be and act inclusive across the enterprise. With one path for people managers and another path for employees, the program consists of four key topics that were delivered to the entire organization. Learn more here.

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. Read the article here.

How Bench Strength Experience Helped the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Identify and Develop its Top Talent

Given our inherent barriers for predicting talent success, it’s no wonder many organizations struggle identifying the high potentials they need to strengthen their leadership bench. This case study dives into the dilemma of a perceived lack of leadership bench strength faced by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF). Together, MDA and HBFF landed on piloting MDA’s Bench Strength Experience, a comprehensive, industry-leading assessment and development program designed to give clients critical insight into the depth, breadth, and diversity of their leadership talent—and provide participants with an unmatched learning and development journey.

Case Study – How Bench Strength Experience Helped the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Identify and Develop its Top Talent (402 KB)

Leading Organizational Transformation: The View from the Top

As companies of all types and sizes are battered by the waves of changing technology, customer demands, and threats from potential disruptors, how can executives successfully transform their organizations? Organizational transformation can be daunting, but readily attainable, through strong leadership and solid change management practices, according to a panel of highly respected CEOs. Learn their seven organizational and personal success factors here.

Case Study – Leading Organizational Transformation: The View from the Top (2063 KB)

A Construction Firm and Community Bank Share Best Practices for Accelerating High Potentials

Organizations need their next generation of leaders to assume greater leadership scope, responsibility, and complexity at a rate faster than their predecessors. Much will be asked of these future leaders. The concern is, of course, are they ready? What do proven experiences look like that truly prepare high potentials to meet and exceed expectations? Read how two leading organizations—Mortenson and Dacotah Bank—are tackling this important work and walk away with eight best practices that will increase the ultimate impact and sustainability of your high-potential program.

Case Study – Accelerating Your High Potentials’ Preparedness to Lead (1793 KB)

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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