18 March

The Power of Positive Emotions – Nando Parrado

When he was twenty-three, the plane carrying Nando Parrado and his rugby teammates crashed in the Andes Mountains. Seventy-two days later, survivors of the crash were rescued from the wilderness after Parrado and a teammate trekked the dangerous mountains to find help. Not surprisingly, the group’s survival created a sensation around the world, spawning a bestselling book,…

11 May

Maybe Your Boss Isn’t From Hell?

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Becoming a leader is a lifelong adventure, much the same as becoming a healthy, integrated person. It is truly a journey of dreams and fears, successes and failures. But why is it so hard to embrace that humanity inside ourselves or to accept the humanity of the leaders around us? Many of us tend to…

24 April

Mark Benioff: Being Bold on Equality

Key Lesson:  When fairness and equality are at issue, being bold is often the answer. Salesforce.com CEO Mark Benioff does not shy away from any challenge or controversy. As a pioneer in cloud computing, he’s built substantial wealth and influence in the world of tech and beyond. And he doesn’t hesitate to use that clout….

27 March

Pigeonly: Serving the Underserved

Key Lesson:  Opportunity can pop up anywhere. When it does, pursue it! As a true entrepreneur, Frederick Hutson sees opportunity everywhere, so it’s no surprise that the idea for his latest — and most successful venture — was born during a stint in federal prison. And in Hutson’s view, he’s not alone among the prisoner…

6 February

Tom Brady: Hard Work and Open Mind are Secret to Success

Key Lesson:  Be open to new ways of approaching and achieving your goals. As starting quarterback for the New England Patriots, Tom Brady led the team to four Super Bowl wins. But that’s not the only thing that’s come out of his 15 season career with the NFL. With three MVP titles, he’s now tied…

9 January

Kazuo Hirai: Getting Beyond the Hacking at Sony

Key Lesson:  Even when the world is watching, it’s sometimes necessary to change direction and adapt your strategy.  This week’s Grounded Leader, Kazuo Hirai, CEO of Sony Corporation, has been at the center of one of the most vicious and malicious cyber attacks of all time.  When the company was hacked in late 2014, things looked pretty…

31 December

Malala Yousafzai: A Young Woman’s Mission

Key Lesson:  Self-Awareness is foundational to great leadership. Knowing — and remembering — who you are will take you far.  Selecting our Grounded Leader of the Year is usually a time-consuming task. This year, however, the Healthy Companies team reached a consensus pretty quickly. The story of Malala Yousafzai’s life is well known to most…

26 December

Saving the Planet at Toyota

Key Lesson:  Innovation is often about addressing immediate needs, but sometimes taking the longer view can be just as exciting. This week’s Grounded Leader, Akio Toyoda, has weathered a lot of storms since becoming CEO of Toyota Motor Company in 2009. Large scale recalls, the global recession and Japan’s devastating 2011 earthquake have all happened…

19 December

What a Difference a Haircut Makes

Key Lesson:  Sometimes simple gestures can have huge impact. When we talk about the roots of grounded leadership at Healthy Companies, we always emphasize the integrated and holistic nature of our leadership paradigm. This week’s Grounded Leader, Mark Bustos, understands the interconnections that simple actions can create in the world. Bustos is a stylist at Three…

12 December

Dave Lewis – Rebuilding Trust and Confidence at Tesco

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 year for Tesco:  In addition…