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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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Take Chances and Give Your Best

Key Lesson: Believe in yourself and believe in others. You won’t know what you’re capable of unless you go for the gold. Westpac Group’s CEO, Gail Kelly, is a trailblazer. Beginning her banking career as a teller, she couldn’t have imagined that her trajectory would include multiple CEO roles and

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Making Work the Time of Your Life

Key Lesson:  Don’t be in business to make money. Make money to be in business. This week’s Ground Leader has some serious bragging rights. Since 1998, Michael Witt, publisher and principal of E&E Publishing, has steadily grown his business into an enviable award-winning online news outlet. And, ironically, he has

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Being Serious & Having Fun – Both Are Good!

Key Lesson: Take a stand for what you believe in. You can enjoy life and still take on the difficult problems the world faces. Cosmopolitan is “Fun. Fearless. Female.” So when Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief, executive producer to an unnamed show based on Cosmo, and newly promoted editorial director at Seventeen,

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Split in Two

Key Lesson: Changing direction from what was once the proven route is often necessary, but never easy. Being adaptable and able to navigate the currents of change will enable you to lead others to success. Our Grounded Leader of the week, Meg Whitman – Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of

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Small Gesture, Big Impact

Key Lesson: Sometimes the smallest gestures have the biggest impact.  This week’s Grounded Leader is Yvonne Lavasidis, a Dairy Queen owner in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Lavasidis unexpectedly received a letter in the mail thanking her for her kindness and support during one of her employee’s studies. The letter has since gone viral

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