4 June

Survival of the Wicked

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Recently, I watched the final episode of Survivor: Cagayan. The winner was Tony Vlachos, the wily policeman who lied and betrayed fellow tribe members throughout the course of the season. Not surprisingly, other cast members castigated him for not telling the truth, making promises that he never intended to keep, voting his comrades off the…

23 May

May 23, 2014 – Grounded Leader of the Week – Barbara Walters

Key Lesson: Ask yourself regularly – what is my desired legacy? The answer will help you make the right decisions about your leadership and your career goals. To get a sense of what her early work life was like, just watch innocent-turned-career-savvy Peggy Olson on Mad Men. In fact, much of Barbara Walters’ career parallels the…

11 April

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

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

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….

7 March

March 7, 2014 – Grounded Leader(s) of the Week – Christopher Altchek and Jake Horowitz

They are New Media Rockstars, a quintessential Gen Y entrepreneur story. It goes like this … met in college, graduated, got jobs they quickly grew bored with, then decided to do what they loved – argue politics. From this passion came PolicyMic, a news and opinion site targeted at Millennials (think Slate meets BuzzFeed and…

4 March

House of Cards Frank Underwood’s Healthy Leadership

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…

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…

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…