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CEO Eileen McDonnell: Ignore the Glass Ceiling

Key Lesson:  Propel your career by being authentic and sharing your unique perspective with your peers. Our Grounded Leader this week is a trailblazer of sorts. While many women try to behave more like men at work, Penn Mutual CEO Eileen McDonnell embraces her femininity as an advantage. She says

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Michelle Kumbier: The Woman Behind The Harley

Key Lesson: Invest in yourself and others by encouraging lifelong learning; lead by example. This week’s Grounded Leader, Michelle Kumbier, is Harley Davidson’s Senior Vice President of Motorcycle Operations and a 2014 winner of the STEP Ahead Award from the Manufacturing Institute. As a leader, Kumbier’s focus is placed squarely

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Kazuo Hirai: Getting Beyond the Hacking at Sony

Key Lesson:  Even when the world is watching, it’s sometimes necessary to change direction and adapt your strategy.  This week’s Grounded Leader, Kazuo Hirai, CEO of Sony Corporation, has been at the center of one of the most vicious and malicious cyber attacks of all time.  When the company was hacked

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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