25 September

Where is the Leadership in Controlling Healthcare Costs? Utah!

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Key Lesson:  Sometimes leadership requires asking simple — yet radical — questions to which there may be no easy answers. It’s been a tough week for anyone trying to understand the economics of healthcare in America. Martin Shkreli, a hedge fund manager turned pharma entrepreneur, bought the rights to the critical drug Daraprim, and then…

21 August

Middle Management Saves the Day

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Key Lesson:  When experiments fail, be quick to acknowledge the facts and move on. Like any good CEO, Ryan Carson is interested in creating an environment where workers are happy, engaged and productive. And like many CEOs, he experimented a bit when he founded Treehouse Island, an online coding school based in Portland, Oregon. At…

17 July

Lisa Dyson: Asking and Answering Big Questions at Kiverdi

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Key Lesson:  Great leaders are always asking questions — of themselves and others. When Lisa Dyson was in high school, she wanted to learn the programming language C, but her school didn’t offer any classes. She asked her math teacher to teach her. He did. Today, Dyson holds a PhD in physics from MIT and is the…

10 July

CVS and Target: Competitors turned Collaborators

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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…

19 June

Dwyane Wade and the Pursuit of Knowledge

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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…

5 June

Housing First: A Simple Solution to a Complex Problem

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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…

8 May

The Adaptable Amy Purdy

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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…

17 October

Being Serious & Having Fun – Both Are Good!

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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, tells NPR’s Rachel Martin that…

4 March

House of Cards Frank Underwood’s Healthy Leadership

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Our offices sit directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.. Much of our view is just like the opening sequence of the Netflix original hit series, House of Cards. This American political drama series is filled with back-stabbing leadership moves and intrigue. We thought it would be interesting to see if we could find…

13 February

February 14, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – CVS’ Larry Merlo

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It takes courage to be the first. Especially if you are the first national chain of pharmacies to stop selling a very lucrative product like tobacco. In a bold move, CEO Larry Merlo announced on February 5th that CVS Caremark will stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7600 stores nationwide…