About Ric Leutwyler

My work journey has taken me from dishwasher to CEO, from fast food to cloud-based technology, from Davenport, Iowa to more than 30 countries around the globe. Along the way, I have enjoyed leading, contributing, mentoring, strategizing, innovating and giving back. One important lesson learned along the way is that there are opportunities to make a difference in all aspects of our lives. This has made the journey all the more rewarding.

Leadership is Action, Not Position

By |2018-10-13T15:39:34+00:00October 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|

It’s amazing just how impactful words (and actions) can be. I came across the message – Leadership is Action, Not Position – while interviewing for my first job out of college. I was so struck by these words that I framed them and hung them on the wall of my first cubicle… and on the [...]

Aim for Greatness

By |2018-05-03T17:43:49+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Leadership, Uncategorized|

Setting your sights on greatness matters to your team, your customers and your bottom line. Perfection is elusive. Greatness is inspiring. Don't settle. I have to admit, this is one I've struggled with over the years.  My drive to always do better would often end up as a pursuit of perfection. I learned the hard [...]

Mentoring – Grow by Giving Back

By |2018-05-03T17:39:54+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Leadership, Making a Difference, Mentoring|

Mentoring others is a great opportunity give back...and to grow.  My role as a Venture Mentor for Arizona State University has given me the opportunity to work with founders across several industries. While my primary focus is on helping them, I always come away from these engagements with something that helps me continue to grow. [...]

Engage Heart & Mind

By |2017-01-18T15:31:26+00:00October 4th, 2016|Engagement, Leadership, Making a Difference|

Engaging both heart and mind is not always easy...but it is always worth the effort. With all eyes on the bottom line, many leaders simply don't see the value of truly engaging team members. For organizations like these, clear goals and strong accountability are the keys to success.  While I'm a big fan of clear [...]

Is it Time for a Different Point of View?

By |2017-01-18T15:30:23+00:00August 10th, 2016|Alignment, Creative, Innovation, Leadership, Life|

Sometimes our need for a different point of view is obvious. We find ourselves stuck, frustrated…feeling ourselves struggling to move forward. Sometimes we’re pretty oblivious to the need.  We are enjoying a sense of momentum and reveling in what feels like real progress.  We just aren't aware that we are actually heading down the wrong [...]

Are You … Selfish Enough?

By |2017-01-18T15:29:24+00:00July 22nd, 2016|Life, Making a Difference|

Yes, I really am asking if you are selfish enough?  And, no - I am definitely not a fan of truly selfish people. This as an outreach to those selfless individuals among us who are often so busy taking care of others that they rarely make time for themselves.  Of course, truly selfless individuals will [...]

Innovate With Purpose

By |2017-01-18T15:42:55+00:00May 22nd, 2016|be disruptive, Creative, Innovation, Leadership, Strategy|

Innovating with purpose channels the creativity of your team into the realization of your vision. Go beyond thinking outside of the box - eliminate the box! Then join your team in creating a new reality. It seems that everyone is on board with the need to innovate. Yet we see so few examples of strong and [...]

Would you jump off a Bridge?

By |2017-01-18T15:26:37+00:00May 15th, 2016|Leadership|

Well, would you....jump off a bridge?  I did.  Let me set the stage a bit for this story. When our daughters were young, I loved sharing time with them...on their terms. We played with dolls, enjoyed "tickle monster" attacks, played the "dream game" and hung out watching Saturday morning cartoons.  Sure, there were lots of [...]

Will You Help me Change Lives?

By |2017-01-18T15:23:42+00:00June 28th, 2015|Making a Difference, World|

My heart hurts when I think of the more than 20 million orphans in Southern Africa.  For many, it's hard to even conceive that every 15 seconds another African child is orphaned due to AIDS.  It’s likely even harder for most people to imagine what life is like for these children.  I hope you [...]

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