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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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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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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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Leaders Beware

Friday morning I was mentoring four young female leaders. They had asked me to spend an hour with them sharing my experiences and responding to some of the questions that were facing them as leaders. I view this as an honor and a responsibility to mentor the next generation of leaders, and I always learn something from the conversation. This particular morning there was a theme that I think is a struggle fo ...

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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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Leaders Own their Destiny

The best leaders own their destiny. They make a conscious personal choice to rise above any circumstances they face. They own whatever it takes to achieve the desired outcome. They wait for no one. They blame no one. They are not victims, ever. No industry teaches this lesson better than restaurant franchising. In franchising, the franchisor is accountable for building a brand and operating system that prov ...

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