31 January

January 31, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Pharrell Williams

This week’s Grounded Leader, Pharrell Williams, had an incredible year. His song, Get Lucky, won big at the 2014 Grammys — Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. He also won Producer of the Year for the hit song, Blurred Lines. In the world of music and entertainment, Pharrell is standing on top…

23 January

January 24, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Arianna Huffington

The high profile meeting of the minds going on at Davos is where you will find our Grounded Leader of the Week. You’ll find her blogging, interviewing, tweeting with and about today’s global leaders, issues and the future. These days, Arianna Huffington is definitely in a global state of mind.  Her media company, The Huffington…

21 January

Healthy Leaders Get Nudged

Social and behavioral scientists want to know what makes leaders successful. In Grounded, Bob Rosen’s research clearly reveals that personal mastery, self awareness and openness to feedback are healthy roots embedded in successful leaders. Everyone has the capacity for personal mastery because it is a function of attitude, not DNA. So how can you develop…

16 January

January 17, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – GM’s Mary Barra

Key Lesson:  Be authentic in how you interact with others and you will win both hearts and minds.  Be your authentic self in all you say and do. That makes a socially healthy leader — and this week’s Grounded Leader does just that. Mary Barra’s commitment and belief in teaming has landed her the CEO job…

10 January

January 10, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Big Ass Fans’ Carey Smith

He has the title “Chief Big Ass.” and he leads the tribe called Big Ass Fans. Carey Smith is the CEO of a fast growing Kentucky manufacturer of large industrial fans.  The recession tested Chief Big Ass’ philosophy of people investment and management. Going against conventional wisdom, Big Ass Fans did not lay off employees…

7 January

Downton Abbey Leadership Lessons

Americans have an enduring taste for PBS’ Downton Abbey. This past Sunday was the premiere of Season 4.  Trending everywhere on social media, the British period drama TV series depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era.  The show’s timing reflects the growing interest in the great events…

2 January

January 3, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Graham McKay

This week’s Grounded Leader, Graham McKay, was an “inquisitive internationalist,” a man who possessed the global literacies to expand his business at a time when his own country, South Africa, lacked a strong educational system. McKay had a dream to become a global player and needed to create a strong people strategy. So he invested…