Walt Rakowich https://waltrakowich.com Thought Leader and Speaker on Transparency-Led Leadership Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:40:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 What a Zamboni Driver Can Teach You About Influence https://waltrakowich.com/what-a-zamboni-driver-can-teach-you-about-influence/ https://waltrakowich.com/what-a-zamboni-driver-can-teach-you-about-influence/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:40:29 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=3081 You don’t have to be a hockey fan to appreciate the punchline of this question: What happens when your team loses not one, but both of your goalies in the middle of a game? Easy, you pull in the Zamboni driver. When the Carolina Hurricanes lost two goaltenders to injuries in a game against the […]

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How to Handle the Other Pandemic That’s Threatening Your Leadership https://waltrakowich.com/how-to-hand-the-other-pandemic-thats-threatening-your-leadership/ https://waltrakowich.com/how-to-hand-the-other-pandemic-thats-threatening-your-leadership/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2020 17:46:01 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=3074 Leaders across the world right now are actually facing two pandemics, and how well they handle them will shape the future of their organizations. The first, of course, is COVID-19, and every leader at every level of every organization is pouring time and energy into dealing with the fallout of this virus. The other isn’t […]

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How the ‘Overhead Myth’ is Limiting the Impact of Nonprofits https://waltrakowich.com/how-the-overhead-myth-is-limiting-the-impact-of-nonprofits/ https://waltrakowich.com/how-the-overhead-myth-is-limiting-the-impact-of-nonprofits/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 17:34:56 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=3067 If you’ve ever given money to a homeless person, you’ve no doubt wondered how they money was actually used. Maybe it was a fleeting thought and maybe it gnawed at you for longer, but you questioned the value of your donation. And perhaps that doubt – will it be used on drugs and alcohol or […]

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Are You a Micro or Macro Manager? https://waltrakowich.com/are-you-a-micro-or-macro-manager/ https://waltrakowich.com/are-you-a-micro-or-macro-manager/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2020 16:35:21 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=3062 I bet you’ve never heard, “I love to be micromanaged.” For 10 years, Google has studied what qualities make the best managers so it could train leaders to develop those behaviors. Not surprisingly, number two on the list is “empowers team and does not micromanage.” EQ Applied author Justin Bariso explains that great managers give […]

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A New Year and a Definition of Success https://waltrakowich.com/a-new-year-and-a-definition-of-success/ https://waltrakowich.com/a-new-year-and-a-definition-of-success/#respond Mon, 17 Feb 2020 15:37:51 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=3045 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 […]

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Do You Trust Your Gut or Big Data? https://waltrakowich.com/do-you-trust-your-gut-or-big-data/ https://waltrakowich.com/do-you-trust-your-gut-or-big-data/#respond Thu, 06 Feb 2020 17:28:00 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=3035 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 […]

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Do You Trust Your Gut? Ask Two Questions https://waltrakowich.com/do-you-trust-your-gut-ask-two-questions/ https://waltrakowich.com/do-you-trust-your-gut-ask-two-questions/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2020 17:21:34 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=3032 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 […]

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Two Ways to Improve Your Edge in Team Meetings https://waltrakowich.com/two-ways-to-improve-your-edge-in-team-meetings/ https://waltrakowich.com/two-ways-to-improve-your-edge-in-team-meetings/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 21:22:44 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=3027 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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Leading on Purpose [Colorado Uplift Interview] https://waltrakowich.com/leading-on-purpose-podcast-interview/ https://waltrakowich.com/leading-on-purpose-podcast-interview/#respond Thu, 23 Jan 2020 02:24:00 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=3017 Colorado UpLift builds long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth. As a proud supporter and chairman of its board, I was thrilled to sit down with CEO Joe Sanders and COO Brian Stamer for its new podcast – Leading on Purpose – and talk leadership, mentoring, trust, and the importance of communication. The episode is available […]

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Here’s Your Sign: A Lapse in Integrity is Stupid https://waltrakowich.com/heres-your-sign-a-lapse-in-integrity-is-stupid/ https://waltrakowich.com/heres-your-sign-a-lapse-in-integrity-is-stupid/#respond Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:58:20 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=3003 Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall are two really funny guys who once were part of the famed Blue Collar Comedy Troup. One became famous for bits with the punchline, “You might be a redneck …,” while the other is best known for his “Here’s your sign” line that follows stories about people who had done […]

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