2 October

Global Food Companies: Serving Up Sustainability

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Key Lesson:  Solutions to some problems transcend competition — and demand a unified approach. Earlier this week, the CEOs of ten global food companies — many of them longstanding competitors — released a joint letter calling upon world leaders to act swiftly and decisively to address climate change. The letter was the focus of a…

4 September

Eileen Fisher and the Aesthetic of Sustainability

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Key Lesson:  Aligning your business practices with your vision of the future can create a powerful force for change. When Eileen Fisher started designing clothes in 1984, she wasn’t particularly interested in creating or leading an enterprise. She was interested in designing clothes that were simple and beautiful. Even today, Fisher says, “Design is what…

14 August

Heavy Metal with a Higher Purpose

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Key Lesson:  Great leadership is sometimes quiet and courageous. Heavy metal music — and the bands who play it — are usually associated with anarchy, destruction and a certain brand of counter-culturism. In his new book, Dark Days: A Memoir, lead singer and lyricist Randy Blythe reveals an impressive set of core values that forces us…

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…

25 April

April 25, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Neil Blumenthal

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Key Lesson: Be a rebel with a cause and you may just disrupt an industry. Doing good does make you happy. When Google Glass needed a fashion makeover last year, who did they call? The new hipsters in eye wear – Warby Parker.  Google couldn’t resist the company’s combination of benefit corporation status, Wharton start-up, and…

11 April

April 11, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Facebook’s Margaret Gould Stewart

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Key Lesson: Having a higher purpose — pursuing something beyond your personal needs and aspirations — helps you connect with the world and make lasting contributions that improve people’s lives. Here are types of questions that keep Margaret Gould Stewart up at night: “How do we get software fully past the age of ugly into…

14 March

March 14, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey’s Best Actor acceptance speech at the Oscars this month continues to generate buzz. Within minutes of the speech,  the blog sphere was all a twitter about his introspective speech, his lengthy thank yous and his expressions of deep gratitude. Within a few days, parodies were showing up on Saturday Night Live and YouTube….

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…

28 February

February 28, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – IOC’s Thomas Bach

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The Olympic Winter Games in Sochi were a success thanks, in part, to IOC president Thomas Bach. A German fencing Gold medalist (1976) turned lawyer and business executive, Bach’s quiet leadership is reaping him accolades across the sports world and among the media. Developing productive relationships with the Russian hosts was key to making the…

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…