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…

11 September

Queen Elizabeth: Reigning with Resilience

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Key Lesson:  Ritual and discipline can actually increase our ability to improvise and reinvent ourselves. In her classic HBR article on resilience, Diane Coutu argues that resilient people share three distinct characteristics:  Facing down reality, searching for meaning and ritualizing ingenuity. This week, Queen Elizabeth became the longest serving monarch in British history. A big…

21 August

Middle Management Saves the Day

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Key Lesson:  When experiments fail, be quick to acknowledge the facts and move on. Like any good CEO, Ryan Carson is interested in creating an environment where workers are happy, engaged and productive. And like many CEOs, he experimented a bit when he founded Treehouse Island, an online coding school based in Portland, Oregon. At…

2 July

Russell Simmons: A Positive Force in Business and in Life

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Key Lesson:  Let the things you love be your guide to happiness and success. Russell Simmons is the quintessential Grounded Leader:  He’s authentic, generous, full of positive emotion, deeply curious, driven to succeed and knows how to maintain a peak performance lifestyle. On top of that, he’s an astute businessman with a wide array of…

26 June

Taylor Swift: Taking a Stand for Her Fellow Artists

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Key Lesson:  It’s possible to take a principled stand and engage in productive dialogue. When Fortune magazine named singer Taylor Swift the most powerful woman in the world earlier this year (she was No. 6 overall), there was a lot of skepticism. But the creators of the list stuck to their guns, noting that Swift exemplifies…

19 June

Dwyane Wade and the Pursuit of Knowledge

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Key Lesson:  Even when you’re at the top of your game, there’s always more to learn. As a Miami Heat shooting guard, Dwyane Wade is one the NBA’s most admired players — both on and off the court. In addition to playing at the very top of his game, he’s also a dedicated family man. His memoir about…