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…

7 August

Zhou Qunfei: Breaking Glass By Making Glass

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Key Lesson:  Personal mastery and a desire to learn can take you far. Zhou Qunfei has come a long way from her tiny farming village in China’s Hunan province. As founder and CEO of Lens Technology, which manufactures glass covers for a wide range of consumer electronics, including Samsung and Apple devices, Ms. Zhou recently broke perhaps…

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…

30 April

Roger Ferguson: Expertise and Empathy at TIAA-CREF

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Key Lesson:  Expertise is an essential building block of great leadership. Roger Ferguson, CEO of financial services giant TIAA-CREF, has an impressive list of credentials and accomplishments. With three degrees from Harvard, including a law degree and a Ph.D. in economics, he was well prepared to take on any number of challenges in his career…

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…

10 October

Split in Two

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Key Lesson: Changing direction from what was once the proven route is often necessary, but never easy. Being adaptable and able to navigate the currents of change will enable you to lead others to success. Our Grounded Leader of the week, Meg Whitman – Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard – surprised the world…

3 October

Small Gesture, Big Impact

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Key Lesson: Sometimes the smallest gestures have the biggest impact.  This week’s Grounded Leader is Yvonne Lavasidis, a Dairy Queen owner in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Lavasidis unexpectedly received a letter in the mail thanking her for her kindness and support during one of her employee’s studies. The letter has since gone viral and has been reported in…

12 September

The Judge Renders Her Verdict: Get On With It

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Key Lesson:  When others’ emotions are running high, separate yourself from the surrounding frenzy and focus only on what matters.  The Pistorius Murder trial has been a marathon, and with cameras focused on her from the outset, she has been catapulted from relative obscurity to a global symbol of South African justice. Thokozile Matilda Masipa is the…

8 August

Nick Kokonas knows how to set a table – and an example

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Key Lesson: Be curious, think out of the box, expect resistance. Novel solutions to age-old problems come from a combination of grit, insight and passion. Our Grounded Leader this week is cooking up a revolution in the restaurant business:  He wants to change how we make reservations at our favorite eateries.  Nick Kokonas is the…

6 August

Who are you, really?

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“Who are you, really?” When I ask this question, I’m usually greeted with confusion from my clients and colleagues. “What do you mean?” is often their first response. What I mean is, “what parts of yourself do you sacrifice to maintain the carefully crafted façade of a perfect leader, employee, or person?” Understanding lights in their…