Walt Rakowich https://waltrakowich.com Thought Leader and Speaker on Transparency-Led Leadership Mon, 25 Nov 2019 17:04:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Keep The Torch Lit When It Comes to Leadership https://waltrakowich.com/be-a-torchbearer-when-it-comes-to-leadership/ https://waltrakowich.com/be-a-torchbearer-when-it-comes-to-leadership/#respond Mon, 25 Nov 2019 17:01:52 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2955 What would you do if your boss called a meeting and told you that everyone in the company was getting a raise and he was taking a 90 percent salary cut? That’s essentially what happened recently when Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price announced he would increase every employee’s minimum salary to $70,000 by 2024. When […]

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Performance Cues from the Pacific Rim https://waltrakowich.com/performance-cues-from-the-pacific-rim/ https://waltrakowich.com/performance-cues-from-the-pacific-rim/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:41:28 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2951 Kaizen strategy is an approach to leadership and organizational culture built on continuous improvement. I learned about its benefits from our team in Tokyo while CEO of Prologis

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How Well Are You Working Your Problem? https://waltrakowich.com/how-well-are-you-working-your-problem/ https://waltrakowich.com/how-well-are-you-working-your-problem/#respond Mon, 04 Nov 2019 16:09:12 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2944 If great problem-solving skills stood between you and saving your own life, would you get cracking on a solution? It’s easy to say, “Of course I would, Walt,” but it’s harder to do. Especially if you’re in Doug Lindsay’s position. In 1999, he was 21 years old and studying biology when he became suddenly ill. […]

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Can Machines Teach Us to Be Better Leaders? https://waltrakowich.com/can-machines-teach-us-to-be-better-leaders/ https://waltrakowich.com/can-machines-teach-us-to-be-better-leaders/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:53:52 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2939 Reviewing the results of my first 360-degree assessment was an eye-opening experience in my leadership journey. It was 2006, and I was president and COO of Prologis, but I still had plenty to learn about leadership. The assessment brought me face-to-face with the gaps between how I saw myself and how others saw me. My […]

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Leading Without Ropes https://waltrakowich.com/leading-without-ropes/ https://waltrakowich.com/leading-without-ropes/#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:06:49 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2932 Lessons on leadership from the world’s greatest mountain climber If you spend a little time studying the amazing career of Alex Honnold, it won’t take long to reach a conclusion that goes something like this: That guy is just wired differently than the rest of us! That was my conclusion, anyway, and there’s actually some […]

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Leading When Cultures (and Basketballs) Collide https://waltrakowich.com/leading-when-cultures-and-basketballs-collide/ https://waltrakowich.com/leading-when-cultures-and-basketballs-collide/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 15:00:35 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2928 Any leader who has ever worked with international partners no doubt felt a twinge or two of empathy for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in light of the recent controversy involving the league’s relationships with China. Every country brings unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to business relationships, but China is in a class of […]

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3 Reasons to Nurture the Knowledge-Seeker in Yourself https://waltrakowich.com/3-reasons-to-nurture-the-knowledge-seeker-in-yourself/ https://waltrakowich.com/3-reasons-to-nurture-the-knowledge-seeker-in-yourself/#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2019 17:50:07 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2921 Habits are comfortable and sticky. They’re hard to change and even harder to turn loose. That’s why bad behaviors are difficult to break and good practices enjoy a long and prosperous future. Though if all we ever did was depend on habitual behavior, life would be bleak. Fortunately, as human beings we’re innately curious, constantly […]

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Losing Your Edge? Let’s Get It Back https://waltrakowich.com/losing-your-edge-lets-get-it-back/ https://waltrakowich.com/losing-your-edge-lets-get-it-back/#respond Mon, 30 Sep 2019 15:50:07 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2918 “There are times you wake up, feel great, go to the park, throw a pitch and it’s like you’ve never done this before. Other days, you feel like you couldn’t break a window pane and you go eight shutout [innings]. It’s the nature of baseball,” said Jon Lester, Cubs starting pitcher. It’s easy to commiserate […]

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Dishonesty and the Power of Knowing Who Gets Hurt https://waltrakowich.com/dishonesty-and-the-power-of-knowing-who-gets-hurt/ https://waltrakowich.com/dishonesty-and-the-power-of-knowing-who-gets-hurt/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 14:16:41 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2905 Early in my career, I once held a position at a real estate company where one of the assistants had left to deposit a company check and after a few weeks, never returned to work. Ever. The check was cashed and the money was lost to us. I remember being totally surprised by her actions—especially […]

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It’s Time to Let Go of Your Millennial Baggage https://waltrakowich.com/its-time-to-let-go-of-your-millennial-baggage/ https://waltrakowich.com/its-time-to-let-go-of-your-millennial-baggage/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2019 15:14:26 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2899 If you’ve ever prepared for a speaking engagement, you know how easy it is to get caught up in the content you’re delivering and driving your message home. But when I recently completed a presentation to a class of college students, rather than reflect on how my message was received, I couldn’t help but be […]

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