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Leading in Times of Challenge with Larry Zimpleman

Larry Zimpleman Leadership Podcast


As the retired Chairman, President and CEO of Principal Financial Group, Larry Zimpleman has faced adversity and overcome challenges that can be applied to the COVID-19 pandemic. Larry served for 45 years within the financial services industry. He joined Principal in 1971 as an intern before transitioning to various management and leadership positions. Larry led the company through the financial crisis in 2008.

Larry's Leadership Tips

Larry discusses a multitude of challenges, including the oil embargo of ‘74, the market crash in ’87, the tech crash in ’00, the financial crisis in ’08 and, most recently, the pandemic in ’20. We see a situation like this once every 10-15 years, Larry says. Understanding that these things will happen can give us a baseline to prepare and get through similar events in the future.

Listen to the entire podcast: Leading In Times of Challenge — Larry Zimpleman

The Leading in Times of Change podcast is brought to you by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and hosted by Mike Jefferson. The podcast features community leaders from across Greater Des Moines (DSM). To listen to more Partnership podcasts, click here.

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