Walt Rakowich is a seasoned business executive who led the turnaround of an S&P 500 company at the height of the 2008 recession. Stepping in as CEO of Prologis after the stock had fallen over 96 percent within 10 months, Walt and his team redirected the global real estate company from what looked like inevitable collapse. He ultimately helped Prologis regain its position in the industry through transparent leadership methods that aligned with a set of core values: humility, honesty and heart.

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Why Trust Comes Before Competency


My wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary a few weeks ago, an event made possible at least in part because I somehow became the exception to every adage you’ve ever heard about the importance of a good first impression. I was working in commercial real estate for the Trammell Crow Company in the […]

Do you ‘wine’ about mistakes or offer a glass of grace?


Here’s the scene: You and a few friends arrive at the Hawksmoor, an upscale restaurant in Manchester, England, but there’s a crowd on hand so you take seats in the bar area and decide to make the best of it. It’s been a really good day. Or maybe a rotten day. Either way, it’s the […]

Living the Culture-building Principle of the Everything


The more I study what it takes to build and sustain great organizational cultures, the more I’m sold on what I call the “Principle of the Everything” in leadership. The Principle of the Everything says that a leader shouldn’t (and can’t) do everything but that everything a leader does matters. That includes every program and […]

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Glass house leadership

Walt discusses the importance of transparency in a world that sees leaders’ every move. “Smart leaders are intentionally transparent because they understand the world  that they are in, and they use it as an opportunity to demonstrate their purpose and their vision.”

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