Future-Fit Leadership for a New World℠

How C.H. Robinson and MDA partnered to build a strong leadership bench and culture

Chief Human Resources & ESG Officer Angie Freeman of C.H. Robinson, a Fortune 500 transportation and logistics company, explains how they have partnered with MDA Leadership for over a decade to strategically and deliberately build a strong leadership bench and culture. As a result, their leaders are well prepared to lead the organization through disruption and change, both today and tomorrow.

Centerspace on leveraging assessment to launch and strengthen a new leadership team

CEO Mark Decker of Centerspace, a real estate investment trust company, shares how he partnered with MDA Leadership to set up his executive team for success. He leveraged the value of assessments to help everyone understand individual and team leadership styles, and provide a leadership playbook for high performance—and the results speak for themselves.

Macy’s Inc. CEO speaks to the impact of a best-in-class talent strategy

Chairman and CEO Jeff Gennette of Macy’s Inc. explains the importance of having the right talent to execute on their strategy. He trusts MDA Leadership’s insights to make the best human capital decisions that will ultimately impact his colleagues, customers and shareholders. Learn more about Macy’s approach to leadership and why “talent is everything.” 

Sundt Construction on the power of leadership development to support strong succession management

President and CEO Mike Hoover of Sundt Construction speaks to the power of a well-designed and expertly executed leadership development program to support strong succession management. He views it as a wise investment—and competitive differentiator—that pays dividends relative to customer selection and retention as well as business growth. Learn why Sundt’s leadership is better than ever and why they’ll always invest in talent.

Polaris on aligning business and talent strategy

SVP and CHRO Jim Williams of Polaris describes how talent management is an integral part of the company’s operating model. In fact, the CEO and leadership team have as much responsibility and accountability for human capital management as they do for financial performance. Regular talent reviews and rigorous metrics help the organization to measure progress and success.

Sandra Davis shares advice for women and aspiring leaders

Sandra Davis, Chair and Founder, MDA Leadership has coached many leaders during her career. Today she shares her best advice for women and aspiring leaders. May these suggestions be a catalyst for your own aspirations, help you persist, claim your power, and immerse yourself in learning. With experience, you have an opportunity to make an impact, change lives, and help others grow and create meaning in their lives.

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Sandra Davis on the power of reflection

For our final words of anniversary wisdom, Sandra Davis, Chair and Founder, MDA Leadership teaches us about the power of reflection. When we take the time to reflect on our experiences, we can extract the learnings and apply them. “The magic is in the looking back, capturing what you learned, and carrying it forward.” Sandra recommends developing a habit of recording your insights and shares more than a dozen thought-provoking questions to get you started.

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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®.