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Gracious Leadership: The Time is NOW!
Gracious Leadership: Lead Like You’ve Never Led Before is now available. Order your exclusive, signed copy today and enjoy FREE SHIPPING. Together let’s lead like we’ve never led before!
Imagine a world full of good and gracious leaders where all team members are highly engaged because they feel fully respected. Imagine that these teams are inspired every day to achieve optimal outcomes because they know they are doing meaningful work. Imagine a world full of Gracious Leaders who selflessly develop others and where they spend their time reinforcing “what is right and what can be improved” as opposed to getting derailed into the vicious cycle of “what is wrong”.
Now, not only imagine, but also embrace the calling to become a good and gracious leader. The movement has already started. The momentum will be created one leader at a time. Today this movement starts with you!
Praise for Gracious Leadership
"Gracious Leadership, by Janet Smith Meeks, shares the powerful, personal examples of how passionate, brave, courageous and communicative leaders deliver tremendous value to all their constituencies and are truly the recipe for organizational and personal success!"
Kerrii B. Anderson / Former president & CEO, Wendy's International; corporate director, Abercrombie & Fitch, Labcorp, and Worthington Industries; chairman, Elon University
"Janet's comments that great leaders recognize they don't have all the answers are spot on. They are not afraid to ask the people who do have the answers the right questions, no matter what level these folks may be. And when they ask, Gracious Leaders listen like no one else is in the room."
Mike Kaufmann / CEO Cardinal Health, a Fortune 100 Company
"Whether you are just beginning your journey to become a world class leader or you have many years in your role as a leader, Janet’s insights are inspiring and remind us all what is important in developing ourselves to our fullest potential."
Dwight Smith / Servant Leader, Chairman & CEO, Sophisticated Systems, Inc.; Founder, My Special Word
"In this book Janet shares leadership strategies that can deliver exceptional results by transforming companies with toxic cultures into high performing organizations driven by engaged employees who are walking tall!"
Barbara J. Smoot / CEO, WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development); Commissioner, Columbus Women’s Commission; Corporate Director, National Church Residences; Former Vice President, Nationwide Financial
"Gracious Leadership is a must read for all who really believe that we, as individuals and organizations, succeed via the quality and excellence in how we serve and recognize others for the contributions they make!"
John Fleming / Author, Consultant and Speaker; Former Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of Direct Selling News; Former Senior Executive of Avon Products, Inc.
"I think that leaders at every career stage will take a step forward by not only reading the book but applying the Conversation Starters that the author includes after each chapter."
Peter J. Giammalvo, PhD / Leadership & Talent Management Consultant; Retired Healthcare Executive-in-Residence and Visiting Professor, College of Health Sciences & Professions, Ohio University; former Chief Learning Officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
"Gracious Leadership provides golden opportunities for any leader to be set apart in today’s competitive landscape."
Cindy Monroe / Founder & CEO, Thirty-One Gifts
"Janet Meeks tells a personal, clearly articulated story of learning and practicing ‘Gracious Leadership’ and its central importance to mission success. Hers is a timeless, head and heart journey that reveals a path for all of us."
C. Robert Kidder / Director, Merck & Co.; Former Board Chairman, Chrysler; Former Lead Director, Morgan Stanley; Former CEO, Duracell; Former CEO, Borden Inc.
The Adverse Impact of Bully Coaches
18 September 2019
Today my heart ached deeply when a colleague shared a horrific story about an area high school student whose life may have been permanently impacted by harsh and inappropriate comments from the student’s football coach. The team had lost an important game, and during the first team practice following that game, the coach screamed at one particular young athlete, berating him in front of the other players and essentially telling him he was worthless. That’s right... worthless!
An “It’s a Ten” Culture
26 August 2019
Over the years, I have found wide variation in the quality of my cruising experiences. Some ships have had more amenities than others. Some vessels catered to a smaller number of passengers while others competed to see which ship could accommodate the most guests. Regardless of these nuances, the main difference I have found in cruising has been grounded in the culture of the ship’s staff. My husband and I recently experienced the Celebrity Silhouette, a ship that appears to have an “It’s a Ten” culture.
Prepare Like an Emergency Responder
26 July 2019
Emergency medical professionals are trained not only to respond to unforeseen circumstances, but also to prepare for the unimaginable. As such, they become experts in anticipating, preparing for and mitigating risks.