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 feel fortunate to have experienced meaningful change at various stages in my life thanks to a focus on purpose. Professionally, during my tenure at Prologis, our efforts to restore financial stability involved aligning our core business practices with purpose-driven initiatives in our respective office communities all over the world. Personally, serving as a trustee […]

Do You Trust Your Gut or Big Data?


I recently recalled a life decision where I followed my intuition. I was in my mid-20s and considering going back to business school in the midst of a budding career. My friends said I shouldn’t, and they reminded me of how well I was doing and of my comfortable life as a young professional on […]

Do You Trust Your Gut? Ask Two Questions


How often do you use your gut to make decisions? I recall when I was in my mid 20s, I had a great job but part of me wanted to push pause for two years and go back to business school. The comfort of making a good salary made it tempting to turn down an […]

Two Ways to Improve Your Edge in Team Meetings


You’d be hard pressed to find someone from my hometown who isn’t an ice hockey fan. Especially since the Pittsburgh Penguins have five Stanley Cup Championships to their name. As many hockey fans know, the sport has come a long way since it gained popularity in the mid-70s. In fact, it’s come so far that […]

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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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