We’ve all heard of it and, if you’re a Minnesota native, you’re likely guilty of it. I’m talking about being “Minnesota Nice.”
For the most part, Minnesota Nice isn’t disruptive in our day-to-day work. However, as a leader, do you ever find yourself in a conflict situation where being Minnesota Nice isn’t so nice?
This question was the inspiration for my research project. Over a few months, I reached out to all 42 public Minnesota-headquartered companies and 15 of the largest privately-owned headquartered companies in Minnesota. In all, 418 CEOs and senior executives were contacted, leading to 29 conversations. The initial questions I asked often turned into 90-minute conversations about how Minnesota Nice, conflict in Minnesota-headquartered companies and leadership come together.