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Kerpen took over as CEO of the firm she co-founded at the end of 2012. Her first move? Get healthy. "For me to be a better leader, I think I needed to be fit -- both mentally and physically," she wrote. "Heck, I think to be a better anything -- mom, wife, friend -- I needed to put myself first."
Kerpen set goals to eat better, lose weight and pursue personal interests. She made concrete efforts to leave work at a reasonable time to cook dinner for her family. By the end of Q1, she'd lost 20 percent of her body weight and, as she describes, "built the life that I wanted."
Her results translated into the workplace: "It became easier to meet my goals at work. In fact, I didn't just meet them. I crushed them. I became more focused, more present, and more confident. My employees, inspired by what I was doing, started to focus on their own personal goals. This makes them better at what they do, too."
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