Zenger Folkman Leadership Podcast Get answers to today’s toughest leadership and development problems from thought leaders Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman!

In this episode, Kevin Wilde, Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and the Chief Learning Officer at General Mills, joins Joe Folkman in this installment of the Zenger Folkman Leadership Podcast series to talk about developing high potentials. 

Under Kevin’s leadership, Fortune, Chief Executive, and Leadership Excellence magazines have all recognized General Mills as one of the best companies in the world for its leadership development. A prolific author, Kevin is also an Executive Leadership Fellow at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Kevin recently published an article on high potential talent in Talent Quarterly.

Download a free copy of the eBook for this episode: "Cupcakes and High Potentials - The Recipe for Developing New Leaders"

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In this special episode, Dr. Michael Arena, who recently published an article in Talent Quarterly, joins Dr. Jack Zenger to discuss methods and strategies to help identify and select talent.

Michael is the Chief Talent Scout at General Motors and an experienced executive and researcher in the areas of leadership, innovation, and transformation. He is responsible for enterprise talent management, strategic workforce analytics, talent acquisition, leadership development, and global learning.


We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.


To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.

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In this episode, Jack and Joe discuss how ordinary people can take leadership to another by developing boldness. They are joined by leadership expert Kevin Wilde. Kevin is the VP of Organization Effectiveness and Chief Learning Officer at General Mills, an Award-Winning Development Leader, and Columnist for Talent Management Magazine. 

Most organizations find themselves either in competitive battles or with mandates to reduce costs and increase productivity. Those mild mannered, steady eddy, timid leaders of the past need to step-up and become BOLD. 
We discovered that bold leaders exist in every company and every culture, but some cultures generate more bold leaders than others. Interestingly, there is a higher percentage of females that are bold leaders than males. 
We have found that the most effective bold leaders combine their bold approach with other skills such as good judgement and relationship building. Alternatively, leaders who are bold with poor judgement possess a very dangerous combination. 
Learn how leaders in your organization can:

  • Challenge standard approaches
  • Create an atmosphere of continual improvement
  • Do everything possible to achieve goals
  • Get others to go beyond what they originally thought possible
  • Are energized to take on challenging goals
  • Quickly recognize situations where change is needed
  • Have courage to make needed changes

Read Joe Folkman's Forbes article on Bold Leadership



We’d love for you to experience our award-winning leadership workshops in a city near you.  We also invite you to join us for our monthly webinars. To learn more, visit zengerfolkman.com/events.

To listen to past podcast episodes and view the notes for this episode, visit zengerfolkman.com/podcast. There you can also enter our monthly book contest.



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