31 January

January 31, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Pharrell Williams

This week’s Grounded Leader, Pharrell Williams, had an incredible year. His song, Get Lucky, won big at the 2014 Grammys — Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. He also won Producer of the Year for the hit song, Blurred Lines. In the world of music and entertainment, Pharrell is standing on top…

21 January

Healthy Leaders Get Nudged

Social and behavioral scientists want to know what makes leaders successful. In Grounded, Bob Rosen’s research clearly reveals that personal mastery, self awareness and openness to feedback are healthy roots embedded in successful leaders. Everyone has the capacity for personal mastery because it is a function of attitude, not DNA. So how can you develop…

10 January

January 10, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Big Ass Fans’ Carey Smith

He has the title “Chief Big Ass.” and he leads the tribe called Big Ass Fans. Carey Smith is the CEO of a fast growing Kentucky manufacturer of large industrial fans.  The recession tested Chief Big Ass’ philosophy of people investment and management. Going against conventional wisdom, Big Ass Fans did not lay off employees…

7 January

Downton Abbey Leadership Lessons

Americans have an enduring taste for PBS’ Downton Abbey. This past Sunday was the premiere of Season 4.  Trending everywhere on social media, the British period drama TV series depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era.  The show’s timing reflects the growing interest in the great events…

19 December

Are There Times When Ignorance Is Bliss For A Leader?

There’s been debate for some time (some say started by Lisa Simpson in a 2001 Simpson episode) that smart people are not as happy as those with lower intelligence. If Lisa is correct, then can we jump to the conclusion that ignorance is bliss?  Nobody knows. This hypothesis has yet to be tested. Even Freakonomics…

19 December

December 20, 2013 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Apple’s Tim Cook

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Growing up in Alabama in the 1960s shaped this man. Witnessing a cross burning first hand as a child left deep scars, but also awakened a deep sense of appreciation for human rights and respect for differences. It is this legacy that drives Apple CEO Tim Cook. Recently, Cook accepted a lifetime-achievement award from his…

12 December

Nelson Mandela – The Healthy Leader In Our Lifetime

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Most leaders are measured by what they do in the world – their accomplishments and achievements, and their successful campaigns and enterprises. Nelson Mandela will be remembered for something very different and much more fundamental. We will remember him for who he was as a human being. In the words of fellow Nobel Peace Prize…

10 December

Would You Like a Pony? Managing Expectations

A few years ago Ally Bank did a series of clever commercials with children. They all demonstrated how powerful and important expectations are and how we manage (or don’t manage) them with customers, employees and each other. The commercial with the pony captures the essence of psychological contracting. What is Psychological Contracting? Social psychologists who…

5 December

Brain Talk Radio: Grounded, How leaders stay rooted in an uncertain world

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Yesterday I had the chance to speak about my new book, Grounded, with Brain Talk Radio hosts, Dawn Quesnel and Tara Roth (on Twitter at @CoachDQ). Enjoy the show! My interview starts at 09:13. New Business Podcasts with Coach DQ on BlogTalkRadio

25 November

What Are You Thankful For?

In America, all attention is on our celebration of Thanksgiving this week. It’s a traditional time for family, food and football. It’s also a celebration to remind us to practice gratitude and appreciation for everything in our lives. Here at Healthy Companies, we are grateful for YOU –  The Healthy Leader subscribers. Here’s why…  …