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“When I grow up, I want to be a follower,” said no one.  No kid aspires to follow others.  No employee says his best quality is being a follower.  No MBA student signs up for followership classes (and not just because business schools don’t offer them.)  Being a leader is what counts these days.  Leadership […]

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Surfing and business have a lot in common.  Both require agility, just the right amount of speed, and the ability to read coming waves.  The parallels between surfing and business became even more apparent to me as I learned the story of Derek Rabelo, a blind surfer.  You may have seen the popular video of […]

brand-as-business bit: What do you get when you bring together Human Resources, Marketing, and Ops people for an event featuring best-selling business book authors, a talent show, a community service project, and lots of stickers, beads, and trail mix?!  Summer Brand Camp, an annual “conference” for the restaurant industry staged by People Report / Black […]

In May, 2013, business leaders from the restaurant industry gathered in Chicago for the 2013 National Restaurant Association Show.  Here are the best sound bites about leadership from the presentations and discussions by the CEOs of leading and emerging restaurant chains including Firehouse Subs, Corner Bakery, and Argo Tea. Leadership Lessons from the National Restaurant Association […]

brand-as-business bit:  “Leadership requires we do small things well.” That gem was one of several I gleaned from Ron Kitchens‘ opening to Catalyst U, a conference I had the privilege of speaking at a couple of months ago.  (Other speakers included Cory Booker and Jon Acuff.) Ron describes himself as “Father and Husband. Passionate CEO. […]

brand-as-business bit:  For quite awhile now, I’ve been wanting to write a bit with this title, “What Got You There Won’t Get You Here.”  It’s a twist on the title of Marshall Goldsmith‘s best selling book, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.”  Goldsmith’s premise is that our previous successes often prevent us from achieving more […]