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3. General Mills
General Mills
General Mills CEO Ken Powell
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Revenue: $14.7 billion*
Employees: 30,000
CEO: Ken Powell

General Mills spends a lot of its time thinking about how to turn good managers -- who can retain employees -- into the kind of great managers who really inspire.

That's why all employees (up to and including CEO Ken Powell) create an "Individual Development Plan" that maps out their personal development goals for the year.

Leadership training also goes beyond the walls of the General Mills headquarters. The company has built community service into its culture, with 82% of employees doing some sort of volunteer work.

"Your first year on the job you may not get a billion-dollar brand to run," says Chief Learning Officer Kevin Wilde, "but you could have a significant leadership role in the United Way."

NEXT: McKinsey
Last updated November 19 2009: 12:36 PM ET
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