10 July

CVS and Target: Competitors turned Collaborators

Key Lesson:  Sometimes friendly competition can lead to shared goals and enhanced value for all stakeholders. Target CEO Brian Cornell and CVS CEO Larry Merlo have known each other for a long time, and they’re in the habit of occasionally having dinner together to compare notes on running their respective businesses. It’s no secret that…

2 July

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 with a wide array of…

26 June

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 guns, noting that Swift exemplifies…

19 June

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 family man. His memoir about…

12 June

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 are just a few of…

5 June

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 — people suffering from mental…

29 May

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 in a startup environment, and…

22 May

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 need to address climate change,…

15 May

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 led to damaging charges of…

8 May

The Adaptable Amy Purdy

Key Lesson:  Limitations are often things we place on ourselves — and sometimes you just have to blow through them.  In many ways, Amy Purdy exemplifies what we at Healthy Companies call Grounded Leadership. Her generous spirit, her emotional and physical resilience, her drive to succeed and her dedication to personal mastery are among the…