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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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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