Walt Rakowich https://waltrakowich.com Thought Leader and Speaker on Transparency-Led Leadership Mon, 09 Sep 2019 15:19:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 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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How High Does Your Organization Score in Trust and Transparency? https://waltrakowich.com/how-high-does-your-organization-score-in-trust-and-transparency/ https://waltrakowich.com/how-high-does-your-organization-score-in-trust-and-transparency/#respond Tue, 27 Aug 2019 11:00:43 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2870 A conversation with Barbara Kimmel, CEO of Trust Across America™ – Trust Around the World Transparency is a foundational element for building and maintaining trust in leadership, but I often fear it’s missing in too many of today’s organizations. So imagine my surprise when I got this message on Twitter from Barbara Kimmel: “Of our […]

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Lessons from Chernobyl: The Fallout of Poor Leadership https://waltrakowich.com/lessons-from-chernobyl-the-fallout-of-poor-leadership/ https://waltrakowich.com/lessons-from-chernobyl-the-fallout-of-poor-leadership/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:17:49 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2858 My wife and I watched the five-part HBO miniseries Chernobyl earlier this year, and there’s a reason the docudrama earned 19 Emmy nominations. It’s a powerful, well-told story about one of the darkest times in modern history – the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union. Dark not just because […]

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Leading Rock Stars and Roadies as High Performers https://waltrakowich.com/rock-stars-roadies-hire-high-performers/ https://waltrakowich.com/rock-stars-roadies-hire-high-performers/#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2019 16:42:04 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2852 Truly great rock stars make everyone around them better. Hire those types of rock stars for rock star positions and let them shine. But don’t forget the importance of your roadies.

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Use Introductions to Signal Great Behavior https://waltrakowich.com/use-introductions-to-signal-great-behavior/ https://waltrakowich.com/use-introductions-to-signal-great-behavior/#respond Mon, 29 Jul 2019 14:59:18 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2829 In an interview with co-author Kathie Sorensen about Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch, she likes to compare good cultural leadership with sonar. I thought this was a powerful metaphor. Sonar means the sender makes use of an echo. For instance, when a whale or submarine creates a ping or noise, it sends sound waves into […]

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Overcome Three Inherent Challenges with Giving Feedback https://waltrakowich.com/overcome-three-inherent-challenges-with-giving-feedback/ https://waltrakowich.com/overcome-three-inherent-challenges-with-giving-feedback/#respond Mon, 22 Jul 2019 15:45:54 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2823 Many say that feedback can be a gift. But what if that feedback feels like a white elephant gift? You know the party gift exchange I’m talking about where there’s always a chance you’re left with a present that’s not quite what you hoped for and often misses the mark. If your feedback is of […]

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Let Curiosity Be at the Core of Your Success https://waltrakowich.com/let-curiosity-be-at-the-core-of-your-success/ https://waltrakowich.com/let-curiosity-be-at-the-core-of-your-success/#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:37:18 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2819 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 […]

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Let the “Rejoining Effect” Reinvigorate Your Team https://waltrakowich.com/let-the-rejoining-effect-reinvigorate-your-team/ https://waltrakowich.com/let-the-rejoining-effect-reinvigorate-your-team/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2019 16:42:19 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2814 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 […]

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An End-Of-School Reminder About Putting Customers First https://waltrakowich.com/an-end-of-school-reminder-about-putting-customers-first/ https://waltrakowich.com/an-end-of-school-reminder-about-putting-customers-first/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:16:11 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2808 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 […]

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Test Your Mettle (and Transparency) Under Pressure https://waltrakowich.com/test-your-mettle-and-transparency-under-pressure/ https://waltrakowich.com/test-your-mettle-and-transparency-under-pressure/#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:42:53 +0000 https://waltrakowich.com/?p=2804 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 […]

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