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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I have a friend whose granddaughter likes to ask the question, “Why?” to everything she’s told. It’s a great question and understandable given her tiny worldview. I recall when my own son and daughter asked a lot of why questions when they were little. My wife and I were happy to answer because we knew […]

Let the “Rejoining Effect” Reinvigorate Your Team

Leadership

I recently shared the highlights of my road trip from Colorado to Florida and the positive affects I experienced in the form of windshield time. In that post, I compared my rare opportunity to process life alone with what it was like to crave much-needed solo time when I was CEO of Prologis during a […]

An End-Of-School Reminder About Putting Customers First

Business

A friend of mine walked into his son’s room to leave a piece of mail on his desk when he noticed an open thank-you note. Though my friend’s son is a great kid, it surprised him because it’s not very often that 15-year-olds receive thank-you notes. When my friend looked at the note, he saw […]

Test Your Mettle (and Transparency) Under Pressure

Transparency

If you don’t follow science in your daily reading or haven’t squeezed in a physics degree in your spare time, you might not have heard an international team of scientists discovered that, unlike most materials that look metallic under immense force, one form of metal becomes transparent under high pressure. I couldn’t help but form […]

Leading as conductor | Walt Rakowich

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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