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July 18, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Reed Hastings

Key Lesson: Don’t lie to yourself. Be emotionally detached from outcomes. Detachment is a safety valve, making sure your emotions don’t carry you away. This week’s Grounded Leader is a creative disruptor. His mission? To turn his company into the Internet’s first television network. Reed Hastings continues to surprise and shock Hollywood

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July 11, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Adm. Michael Rogers

Key Lesson: “High drama” situations require grounded, centered and transparent leadership. Pull in your emotions, rely on your paradoxical thinking and adapt. This week’s Grounded Leader will not sit in the shadows like his predecessors. The new director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, understands his job will

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July 3, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Tim Howard

Key Lesson: Manage your emotions. If you fall down, get up and keep going. Stay centered and focused on the job. Even the captain of the opposing team had to pay homage to our Grounded Leader of the Week. After the World Cup’s Belgium – USA game this Tuesday, Belgium’s

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June 27, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Bob Fallon

Key Lesson:  Don’t run from problems. Adapt, mitigate, collaborate for solutions. This week’s Grounded Leader was among a prominent contingent of speakers at the  “TechSurge – Technical Support for Coastal Resiliency” Conference held in early June at Old Dominion University. It was a first-of-its-kind conference on the resiliency of coastal

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June 20, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Howard Schultz

Key Lesson: Step up and demonstrate leadership. Don’t wait for others to solve your problems. Our Grounded Leader this week has earned a reputation as a business savant and a progressive executive. Starbucks’ CEO, Howard Schultz, is not afraid to speak his mind or scoff at prevailing Wall Street wisdom.

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

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

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June 6, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Arne Sorenson

Key Lesson: If you want to be an extraordinary leader, then stretch yourself. Continue to learn, to expand your mindset, to share with others and to think globally. The world of hospitality is a 24/7 business. It’s a business of taking care of people. And it is a global business.

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Survival of the Wicked

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,

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

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

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