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June 20, 2016 0

The CEO Podcast: Steve Stricker

It’s a busy time for Steve Stricker. Fresh off a top two finish at the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic, Steve hosts this week’s inaugural American Family Insurance Championship,  a PGA TOUR Champions event. It will include playing in a celebrity round of golf during the tournament with fellow Wisconsin athletes Andy North, Mark Tauscher and […]

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June 6, 2016 0

The CEO Podcast: American Family Insurance Championship

The American Family Insurance Championship comes to Madison, Wisconsin June 20-26. I’m excited for our community, our state and my company. Host Steve Stricker addressed the media May 31, and talked about the inaugural tournament’s impressive field of players and the charities that will benefit from the event. In the latest CEO Podcast, get the scoop on the American Family Insurance Championship […]

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May 13, 2016 1

Change, Disruption and Opportunities

Service anniversaries are normally really fun events. They give us a chance to congratulate folks for their efforts over time, reminisce a bit, and even roast colleagues for things we’ve shared over years of working together. I attended one, recognizing a long-term employee’s service to the company. When the usual stuff was over (started on […]

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May 12, 2016 0

Bring Your Heart

Note: This is a guest post from my friend and colleague, Bill Westrate.  Have you ever started a company meeting or event by sharing your work story? Most of us have.  If you’re like me, it’s a source of pride – and it should be. But my story is a little different than most. Later […]

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April 20, 2016 0

Learning Self-Leadership

So, here’s a question: When faced with failure – like personal or career setbacks – why are some people able to learn from it, while others are not? Maybe it was disappointment from being passed over for promotion, not winning that award, or missing out on recognition. Why do some people learn from setbacks and […]

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March 10, 2016 0

The CEO Podcast: JJ Watt Talks Dreams, Leadership and His Future

Want to achieve success? NFL superstar and American Family Insurance brand ambassador JJ Watt says start by surrounding yourself with good people. I chatted with JJ recently about the good people in his life – especially his parents, but also coaches and mentors. JJ is proud of his work with Kevin Durant on American Family’s […]

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March 8, 2016 0

The CEO Podcast: A Conversation with Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is a busy guy. He’s in the middle of a pretty successful NBA season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he’s averaging 28 points and 8-plus rebounds a game. He’s doing great things for local communities through the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation – including making a difference in young people’s lives through health […]

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February 5, 2016 0

Up, Down, Sideways

At a recent business luncheon and panel discussion, I heard many of the usual questions asked of a CEO. I gave my usual answers – about my career path, about my company and about how we are changing the face of our organization. Afterwards, a young professional approached me. She was a millennial and wanted […]

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October 27, 2015 0

Connecting the dots between you and your customers

Here’s a question that can make some of us uncomfortable: How can your work be customer-centric when you don’t have direct contact with customers Are you like me? Do you sometimes struggle to connect the dots between day-to-day work/decisions and customer needs and wants? I know I do. I think this is a common struggle. But that’s […]

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September 17, 2015 0

YOU are the Culture

What are you doing to create the culture you deserve? I asked leaders at my company this rather pointed question recently, referencing something I wrote about more than two years ago – this battle between culture and strategy. My belief then – and now – is that strategy feeds our culture. (You can read the […]

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