31 December

Malala Yousafzai: A Young Woman’s Mission

Key Lesson:  Self-Awareness is foundational to great leadership. Knowing — and remembering — who you are will take you far.  Selecting our Grounded Leader of the Year is usually a time-consuming task. This year, however, the Healthy Companies team reached a consensus pretty quickly. The story of Malala Yousafzai’s life is well known to most…

26 December

Saving the Planet at Toyota

Key Lesson:  Innovation is often about addressing immediate needs, but sometimes taking the longer view can be just as exciting. This week’s Grounded Leader, Akio Toyoda, has weathered a lot of storms since becoming CEO of Toyota Motor Company in 2009. Large scale recalls, the global recession and Japan’s devastating 2011 earthquake have all happened…

19 December

What a Difference a Haircut Makes

Key Lesson:  Sometimes simple gestures can have huge impact. When we talk about the roots of grounded leadership at Healthy Companies, we always emphasize the integrated and holistic nature of our leadership paradigm. This week’s Grounded Leader, Mark Bustos, understands the interconnections that simple actions can create in the world. Bustos is a stylist at Three…

12 December

Dave Lewis – Rebuilding Trust and Confidence at Tesco

Key Lesson:  When trust has been compromised, focus on relationships first. Tesco has long been one of the UK’s most admired companies — and for good reason. Its focus on growth and innovation has earned the chain its place as the country’s largest supermarket. But 2014 has been a tough year for Tesco:  In addition…

5 December

Julie Smolyansky’s Passion and Purpose

Key Lesson: Knowledge and credentials are important, but passion and purpose will get you further. This week’s Grounded Leader, Lifeway Foods President & CEO Julie Smolyansky, is no stranger to juggling her life and work. When Julie Smolyansky took the reins at Lifeway in 2002, it was amidst a family tragedy. Her father, who founded the company…