Midwest Dispatches

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Midwest Dispatches presents a firsthand view of the evolution of the Midwest economy, and of the disruption impacting the region’s established companies and the growing startup environment alike.

In this series, author Karl Alleman, US Managing Partner, discusses the leadership and talent strategies required for Midwest companies to thrive within the ongoing volatility and seize opportunities for truly innovative thinking that can transform the organization.


Karl W. Alleman

Karl W. Alleman Egon Zehnder, Chicago


GE's 20-Year Succession Plan

GE’s announcement on June 12 that John Flannery would be the next CEO of the massive Boston-based conglomerate was a decision 20 years in the making.

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No More Mr. Nice Guy? Rethinking Culture to Unleash Innovation in the Midwest

Amoco, Anheuser-Busch, Chrysler, Motorola, Wrigley. Great Midwestern companies that failed to adapt to global competition and ended up being acquired. Many others have suffered the same fate or declared bankruptcy, and now the ongoing disruption from globalization and technological change is putting our legacy companies under further pressure.

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Crain’s Chicago Business: US Midwest Firms Need New Business Culture

Karl Alleman discusses how US Midwest firms have failed to adapt to international competition and face ongoing disruption driven by globalization and technological change.

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Karl W. Alleman

Karl W. Alleman Egon Zehnder, Chicago


Innovation Quotient: Helping leaders understand how innovation actually happens