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Karen L. Mueller, executive vice president and partner, HORAN

What is the most challenging aspect of being leader? 

The most challenging thing is teaching and perfection. One of the things I’ve learned over the years is that you learn from your mistakes, so the greatest lessons are learned and I have an A+ in perfection.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Always be yourself and others will never be disappointed in you. 

What aspects of your personality have contributed to your success?

No one ever told me that I was supposed to be intimidated by people that have experience, expertise and community stature. So I was never afraid to go up and introduce myself and have great conversations with people, and they were always very willing to talk and very generous with their time. I think that in terms of personality traits, you can call it confidence or curiosity or stupidity – you take your pick. 

How do you think your employees would describe you?

I think my associates at HORAN would describe me as an out-of-the-box thinker. The fortunate thing is I am surrounded by great people who are more in-the-box thinkers that make my ideas come to life. 

What aspect of your company are you most passionate about?

I’m really passionate about the people and the team that we have built. I have been there for 18 years and I continue to see us grow and expand in the talent that we bring into our company. We are all very dedicated to delivering services to our clients and very focused on improving the health in our community. 

 

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