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Russell Simmons: A Positive Force in Business and in Life

Key Lesson:  Let the things you love be your guide to happiness and success. Russell Simmons is the quintessential Grounded Leader:  He’s authentic, generous, full of positive emotion, deeply curious, driven to succeed and knows how to maintain a peak performance lifestyle. On top of that, he’s an astute businessman

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Taylor Swift: Taking a Stand for Her Fellow Artists

Key Lesson:  It’s possible to take a principled stand and engage in productive dialogue. When Fortune magazine named singer Taylor Swift the most powerful woman in the world earlier this year (she was No. 6 overall), there was a lot of skepticism. But the creators of the list stuck to their

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Dwyane Wade and the Pursuit of Knowledge

Key Lesson:  Even when you’re at the top of your game, there’s always more to learn. As a Miami Heat shooting guard, Dwyane Wade is one the NBA’s most admired players — both on and off the court. In addition to playing at the very top of his game, he’s also a dedicated

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Larry Page: Taking His Own Advice at Google

Key Lesson:  Take time to connect with your employees. It can really pay off.  It’s no secret that Google employees enjoy some of the best corporate perks and benefits available. Great pay, paternity leave equal to maternity leave, free gourmet food and the welcome mat out for the family dog

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Are You Using Your “Executive Brain”?

We don’t often think about it, but it is such a gift to be able to be a participant and an observer of a conversation at the same time. As humans, we have this wonderful capacity to be witnesses to our own lives. By observing ourselves in action, we can

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Housing First: A Simple Solution to a Complex Problem

Key Lesson:  Always be open to the possibility that the most complex problems can be solved by the simplest solutions.  Sam Tsemberis started working with the homeless community in New York City in the early nineties. As a psychologist, his job was to identify and treat — sometimes against their will

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Quip’s Bret Taylor: Building a Different Type of Startup

Key Lesson:  It’s never too early to envision the culture you want — and to start working toward that goal. As a veteran of both Facebook (where he served as CTO for three years) and Google (where he worked under Marissa Mayer), Bret Taylor knows about the demands of working

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Men on a Mission: Navigating the Complexities of Climate Change

Key Lesson:  Whether you’re herding cats or negotiating a global climate change deal, remembering your higher purpose can help you stay focused on the task at hand. Daniel Reifsnyder and Ahmed Djoghlaf have a lot in common. They have followed similar personal and professional paths, both are passionate about the

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Dominic Barton: Leading the Way to Lasting Value

Key Lesson:  In order to build shareholder — and all stakeholder — value over the long-term, we need to recognize and reward managers who take the long view. When Dominic Barton became global managing director of McKinsey, he had some urgent problems to deal with. The firm’s trust-based culture had

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