When he hits the roof, even a bliz­zard can’t stop him,

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It’s com­mon wis­dom that a good leader should have faith in his em­ploy­ees. But Out­liers raised a col­lec­tive eye­brow when we heard the story of a Waconia, Minn., hos­pi­tal pres­i­dent who braved a bliz­zard and tem­per­a­tures of 15 de­grees be­low zero while sleep­ing overnight on a rooftop as a fundrais­ing chal­lenge.

Robert Stevens, lead ex­ec­u­tive at Ridgeview Med­i­cal Cen­ter, took to the roof of the Dunn Bros. Cof­fee shop in Ex­cel­sior, Minn., the week­end of Dec. 10 in a scheme to raise $100,000 for his 14-year-old daugh­ter’s fi­nan­cially strapped pri­vate school, the Spring Hill Wal­dorf School, also in Ex­cel­sior. Stevens knew it would be cold when he of­fered to take on the dare, but brav­ing a bliz­zard wasn’t part of his plan. Nev­er­the­less, he took to the rooftop de­ter­mined to stay up there all week­end or un­til he reached his fundrais­ing goal—which­ever came first. The hos­pi­tal ex­ec­u­tive said he was em­bold­ened by the fact that he had a good staff of med­i­cal providers at the ready to come to his res­cue should he need it. “Ridgeview has an am­bu­lance ser­vice, so I knew I’d be in good hands if I needed to call 911,” Stevens told Out­liers.

The hos­pi­tal exec hun­kered down on the rooftop around 7:30 p.m. Fri­day and with­stood the tun­dra-like con­di­tions un­til the fol­low­ing evening, when the wind and ice forced him down. But he climbed back up for sev­eral more hours Sun­day. All told, the stunt helped raise $70,000, and Stevens mirac­u­lously walked away with­out a sin­gle frost­bit­ten digit.

Even a bliz­zard didn’t de­ter Robert’s rooftop fundraiser.

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