Stay Put. Add Value.

Stay Put. Add Value.

It’s January, and everyone is working on our New Year’s resolutions. We’re goal setting. We’re working out. We’re dieting. We’re planning new projects. We’re organizing our calenda ...

The Purpose of Leadership 2013

The Purpose of Leadership 2013

Dear blog readers, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for following my blog The Purpose of Leadership in 2013.  I am grateful for your insights and comments -- you are en ...

O Tidings of Comfort and Joy

O Tidings of Comfort and Joy

In America it is the season of Christmas. The familiar holiday carols are playing on the radio. The Christmas trees are decorated. The malls are full of shoppers hunting for gifts. ...

Creating a Great Workplace

Creating a Great Workplace

A Popeyes employee sent me an email recently. He said he had been working on a school project with his daughter on the Maslow theory of human needs. He wondered if I had considered ...

Choose Gratefulness

Choose Gratefulness

Over 30 years ago, a friend told me a story. I’ve never found a source. A rabbi asked his congregation to go to the “worry tree” and place every difficulty and worry they had on th ...

Be an Odd & Extraordinary Leader

Be an Odd & Extraordinary Leader

This weekend I had the honor of teaching leadership at The Gloucester Institute Emerging Leaders Program entitled “A Brand Called You.” This program assembles approximately 30 high ...

Rest. Period.

Rest. Period.

Servant leadership is so important, so aspirational, so ambitious, we must take time to rest. This week the purpose of my blog is simply to remind you that great leaders rest. Be i ...

Stay Put. Add Value.

It’s January, and everyone is working on our New Year’s resolutions. We’re goal setting. We’re working out. We’re dieting. We’re planning new projects. We’re organizing our calendars. In our work life, many of us have a goal this year to get promoted, change jobs, and perhaps join a bigger company. It’s part of our ambition to get ahead. Our desire is to be recognized for our contributions. Our feeling as t ...

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The Purpose of Leadership 2013

Dear blog readers, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for following my blog The Purpose of Leadership in 2013.  I am grateful for your insights and comments -- you are enriching my own leadership journey each week. Because it is hard to keep up with weekly blog posts, this week I thought I would share with you the top five posts for 2013.  That way, if you missed one of the blogs that resonated wi ...

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O Tidings of Comfort and Joy

In America it is the season of Christmas. The familiar holiday carols are playing on the radio. The Christmas trees are decorated. The malls are full of shoppers hunting for gifts. And the calendar is full of holiday parties. The season is both a festive celebration and on the other hand, a stressful list of stuff to get done. So how do we think about this season in the workplace? I think the words of the f ...

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Creating a Great Workplace

A Popeyes employee sent me an email recently. He said he had been working on a school project with his daughter on the Maslow theory of human needs. He wondered if I had considered how this theory applies to the workplace and to servant leadership. My response … if leaders created workplaces that met the needs of people, the people would be more engaged in their work, and they would perform at a higher leve ...

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Choose Gratefulness

Over 30 years ago, a friend told me a story. I’ve never found a source. A rabbi asked his congregation to go to the “worry tree” and place every difficulty and worry they had on the branches of the tree. He then asked the people to walk around the worry tree until they find some troubles they like better than their own. After several rounds, the people gradually pick up their own troubles and go home – pref ...

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Be an Odd & Extraordinary Leader

This weekend I had the honor of teaching leadership at The Gloucester Institute Emerging Leaders Program entitled “A Brand Called You.” This program assembles approximately 30 highly motivated African-American undergraduate students with excellent leadership potential. Over the course of the year, they are trained in leadership, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. On a Saturday afternoon, when ...

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Rest. Period.

Servant leadership is so important, so aspirational, so ambitious, we must take time to rest. This week the purpose of my blog is simply to remind you that great leaders rest. Be inspired by these words: Everything needs a break. Toba Beta It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures. Elisabeth Ellio ...

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Principled Decision Making

There are three constants in life ... change, choice and principles. Stephen Covey One of the blessings of my role at Popeyes is the opportunity I have to meet and learn from amazing leaders. This week was exceptional, meeting 10 leaders in four very different businesses: CEO of General Electric, Jeff Immelt; former U.S. President, George W. Bush; CEO, Jim Haudan of Root Inc., a firm that helps companies ex ...

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Relationship or Excellence?

In servant leadership, which is more important: good relationship or the pursuit of excellence? A challenging question. This matter is tested daily in the workplace. Office teams work collaboratively to accomplish goals; relationships are essential to the process. Yet, the business must perform better than the competitors – requiring excellence in strategy, teamwork, analysis and execution. In a restaurant, ...

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Tell me the Why

Observation: When our toddler children asked us the "why" question all day long we thought it was charming. It meant they were curious, smart, and exploring the world to learn new things. Then we got to the workplace as adults and things changed. Those people asking "why" questions all day long became annoying and problematic. Their questions became pesky interference in our plan to get the job done fast. W ...

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