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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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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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Lead Like It Matters, Today

Have you given any thought to whether your leadership will matter today? Saturday, I sat on the 50 yard line and watched my nephew play football for his college team. In addition, to enjoying a good game and feeling very proud of my nephew, I found watching the coaching staff as interesting as the game. In sports, the coaches lead like it matters, because their leadership literally determines the outcome of ...

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The Purpose of Mentors

While speaking on a panel at the Women’s Foodservice Forum a few years ago, I was asked if mentors had played a large role in my development of a leader. I struggled with the answer because, honestly, I wasn’t sure that I had been mentored. But I certainly remember wishing that I had been mentored. First a definition: A mentor is a trusted counselor or guide, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary. I parti ...

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In Honor of My Favorite Boss

Dear Favorite Boss, Looking back over the years, it is so easy to see why you were my favorite boss. But at the time, I didn't have enough life experience to know just how special you were. Please accept this letter as my way of honoring you for the positive impact you made on my life. These are the things that I remember: Working for you was fun. I looked forward to coming to work. We worked hard, but we a ...

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Top 10 Things I Love about You

Dear favorite employee, When I think of you, I wish that every employee in our company had your traits. I can only imagine what our business results would be if they did. To celebrate the way that you contribute to each day, I have brought together this list of the Top 10 Things I Love about You. You do not whine or complain. You refuse to be a victim. Life is too short. When you encounter a problem, you he ...

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Defining Your Personal Purpose

Do you know WHY you lead? What if your airplane pilot said, “Welcome aboard. You should know that I have not prepared for today’s trip. I did not bring a map, I did not go to flight training, and frankly, I do not believe that I can get you to the destination safely.” You would not want to be on this flight! The same is true of leadership. If you do not know WHY you lead, you will not be an effective leader ...

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Remembered and Remarkable

Recently, I had the opportunity of attending at the Atlanta Renaissance Dinner at the High Museum featuring wine, music, art, terrific speakers, and over 100 works of art by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The purpose of the dinner was to “advance diverse leaders in top leadership across all sectors of America” through a series of “Ted Talks” given by presenters from AT&T, Accenture, Coca-Cola, and more. ...

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Traits of a Servant Leader: Moral Authority

In this last blog post discussing the themes of Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: Practicing the Wisdom of Leading by Serving by James W. Sipe and Don M. Frick, we are talking about Moral Authority. This topic begs a definition if we are to have a meaningful conversation. My personal favorite is this definition of moral authority: … the alignment between a person’s convictions and his behavior that makes ...

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Your Motive is Known

"My philosophy of leadership is to surround myself with good people who have ability, judgment and knowledge, but above all, a passion for service.” -  Sonny Perdue While touring restaurants in Chicago a few years ago, I met a restaurant manager who was doing a great job and doing it with great joy.  It was obvious in everything she did that she was in this job for a reason. I asked her what she enjoyed mos ...

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