26 December

2013 Grounded Leader of the Year – Nelson Mandela

Most leaders are measured by what they do in the world – their accomplishments and achievements, and their successful campaigns and enterprises. Nelson Mandela will be remembered for something very different and much more fundamental. We will remember him for who he was as a human being. In the words of fellow Nobel Peace Prize…

19 December

Are There Times When Ignorance Is Bliss For A Leader?

There’s been debate for some time (some say started by Lisa Simpson in a 2001 Simpson episode) that smart people are not as happy as those with lower intelligence. If Lisa is correct, then can we jump to the conclusion that ignorance is bliss?  Nobody knows. This hypothesis has yet to be tested. Even Freakonomics…

19 December

December 20, 2013 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Apple’s Tim Cook

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Growing up in Alabama in the 1960s shaped this man. Witnessing a cross burning first hand as a child left deep scars, but also awakened a deep sense of appreciation for human rights and respect for differences. It is this legacy that drives Apple CEO Tim Cook. Recently, Cook accepted a lifetime-achievement award from his…

13 December

December 13, 2013 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Japan’s Soichiro Fukutake

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Benesse means “well-being” in Japanese. It is also the name of one of the world’s largest education and lifestyle companies.  Benesse is a people-oriented company with a mission to help others find greater enjoyment in life. They do this through their global education businesses, including the innovative Berlitz network of language schools, their women and…

12 December

Nelson Mandela – The Healthy Leader In Our Lifetime

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Most leaders are measured by what they do in the world – their accomplishments and achievements, and their successful campaigns and enterprises. Nelson Mandela will be remembered for something very different and much more fundamental. We will remember him for who he was as a human being. In the words of fellow Nobel Peace Prize…

10 December

Would You Like a Pony? Managing Expectations

A few years ago Ally Bank did a series of clever commercials with children. They all demonstrated how powerful and important expectations are and how we manage (or don’t manage) them with customers, employees and each other. The commercial with the pony captures the essence of psychological contracting. What is Psychological Contracting? Social psychologists who…

5 December

December 6, 2013 Grounded Leader of the Week – Germany’s Angela Merkel

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This week’s Grounded Leader of the Week has sat on top of Forbes list of Most Powerful Women In The World for 8 of the past 10 years. We laud Angela Merkel’s leadership acumen (she is often described as the de facto leader of the European Union).  In particular, we want to recognize her ability…

5 December

Brain Talk Radio: Grounded, How leaders stay rooted in an uncertain world

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Yesterday I had the chance to speak about my new book, Grounded, with Brain Talk Radio hosts, Dawn Quesnel and Tara Roth (on Twitter at @CoachDQ). Enjoy the show! My interview starts at 09:13. New Business Podcasts with Coach DQ on BlogTalkRadio