13 June

June 13, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Ivan Fischer

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Key Lesson: Leadership is personal. Don’t be afraid to reveal your personal side, your passions and your values. This week’s Grounded Leader is Grammy award winning composer and conductor Ivan Fischer . Fischer is the founder of one of the world’s leading orchestras, the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Hungarian by birth, he is a Swiss-and-German educated, multilingual man…

4 June

Survival of the Wicked

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Recently, I watched the final episode of Survivor: Cagayan. The winner was Tony Vlachos, the wily policeman who lied and betrayed fellow tribe members throughout the course of the season. Not surprisingly, other cast members castigated him for not telling the truth, making promises that he never intended to keep, voting his comrades off the…

30 May

May 30, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Maya Angelou

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Key Lesson: Shape your own destiny. Create a future focused mindset. Imagine the possibilities of what you can become as a healthy, grounded person. Asked by Harvard Business Review: “As someone who’s known Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, what do you think makes a leader great?” This week’s…

16 May

May 16, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Virginia Rometty

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Key Lesson: Leadership is a hard job, potentially hazardous to your health. Manage your energy wisely. IBM is one of the world’s most powerful and most experienced technology vendors — and has managed to stay a top player in the turbulent tech world for decades. This week’s Grounded Leader is credited with spearheading IBM’s growth…

9 May

May 9, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Richard Edelman

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Key Lesson: Be and act truthful. Keep your promises. Guard against the “Big Boss Disease” and engage with employees and customers. The job of this week’s Grounded Leader is to measure how badly (or how well) business leaders garner trust.  The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer results are not so healthy: Only one in four people…

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…

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