28 November

AgLocal: Nourishing Communities with Responsibly-Sourced Meat

Key Lesson:  When you believe in your product and strategy, think long and hard before changing course. It’s Thanksgiving, so we’ve got food on our minds. Maybe that’s why we spotted this week’s Grounded Leader, AgLocal CEO Naithan Jones. Though born in the UK, Jones married into a ranching family in America’s heartland. It didn’t take…

21 November

Underneath Under Armour — Kevin Plank’s Purpose

This week’s Grounded Leader understands the importance of purpose. When he started Under Amour in 1996, Kevin Plank knew he needed to rethink how we design athletic wear. With the purpose of improving athletic performance, he engineered clothing that would liberate the wearer from the weight of accumulated moisture from perspiration. Once the company’s products were…

14 November

Bob McDonald: Resetting the Tone at the VA

Key Lesson:  Returning to the basics is often the best way to move an organization forward. In honor of Veteran’s Day, this week’s Grounded Leader is someone we’ve long admired both for his business acumen and for his commitment to touching and improving individual lives. Reflecting on his success leading the iconic consumer products company Procter…

7 November

Lead With Who You Are

Key Lesson: When terrible things happen, how we respond says a lot about us. Our Grounded Leader of the week is Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter. On October 20th, the unthinkable happened – one of Schnatter’s employees was shot in the chest during a robbery at a Papa John’s in Tennessee. The employee, 22 year-old…

5 November

The Secret to Success – It’s Not What You Think!

We crave success – to achieve the goals we set for ourselves, to get ahead in life and to make a difference. There is a plethora of writers, literature, speakers, gurus, life coaches, business men and women, and even some religions who claim to have discovered a path to success. For some people, these methods…