Special Request …


David Greer is an author, professional connection, and a truly good person.  Over at the Lead Change Group, he has shared a blog post with the news that his friend John Ridsdel, a Canadian hostages held by Islamic terrorists, has been killed.  David shares openly and very personally about his reaction and the learning that he has experienced from this event.  It’s a must read.

David also noted that a fund for girl’s education has been established in honor of his friend.  You can read the announcement from his blog post below. 

My friend John Ridsdel truly believed that woman were equal in our world. To honour John and that belief, his sister and two daughter’s have started a memorial fund to support girl’s education, protection and empowerment around the world. Should you wish to support this initiative, here is the link to the donation page:


 I only ask that you consider memorializing John by contributing to this fund as you are able.


Give Till It Heals …

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Since Giving Tuesday is seen as rather complicated by some, I thought I would offer a short Cheat Sheet.  If you follow these directions in the order given, you should be able to navigate this day just fine.  If you have any questions, please give me a holler and I will happily coach you through:

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Please feel free to let me know if I left anything out or if you want to plug your favorite “Good Guys” organization.

Feeling rather benevolent and charitable toward all in the Heartland ….


The War Is Here …

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For years, I have heard my conservative Christian friends rant about the supposed “War on Christmas“, which by default became part of a larger “War on Christianity“.  

Their proof seemed rather thin to me, consisting mostly of some people in some stores saying something seasonal other than “Merry Christmas” to them and actions by schools, organizations, companies, and public spaces to reflect and respect the reality and the diversity of American society, rather than some half-imagined and more idealized version.

I did not believe that any war was being waged on Christians in this country.

I was dead wrong … Continue reading

Leading By Giving …

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Leadership is about being out in front, whether with the creation and communication of visionary ideas or actions which support, include, and lift up others.   One of the many ways in which true leadership shows up is in giving … from those who have to those who need.

Once a year, my little slice of the Heartland makes a special effort to encourage leadership through giving to those local groups and services which make a positive difference in people’s lives.  We devote 24 hours to lifting up good causes and serious needs in order to focus attention and financial support where it is needed most.

I am happy to support this effort and have a few suggestions for how you can also contribute what you can to help others.  We welcome your support through sharing this message and contributing to whatever causes stir your heart.   We happily accept donations to local causes from anywhere in the known universe.

To learn more about Give St. Louis, click on the image above.

Greater St. Louis Community FoundationThe Greater St. Louis Community Foundation serves as a clearinghouse and central point for community efforts.  You will find many opportunities for giving here, including specialized programs for Ferguson and other unique situations. 


Over 700 micro, small, and large organizations are participating today in the St. Louis area.  Visit the Give St. Louis website to learn more.  Some special groups which are near and dear to my heart are listed below with links and a brief description, but would appreciate your support of any or all.   

Clicking on the logo below takes you to the website for the organization and clicking on the “Donate Now” button takes you directly to the donation page for that organization for Give STL Day.   You can also find out how much is being given to which organizations on a minute-to-minute basis.

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Just the finest public radio station in the country, methinks, with programming which combines global viewpoints, national issues, and local concerns.

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Working tirelessly in the political and public arenas on behalf of basic civil rights for ALL Missouri citizens by supporting legislation and policies which eliminate overt and covert discrimination based on gender and sexual preference.


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Room at the Inn provides shelter, support, education, and love to homeless people and families through a network of caring faith communities, including Webster Groves Christian Church, my home congregation … and yes, I volunteer when I can for this important ministry.


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Excellent education at undergraduate and graduate levels by an institution of higher learning which is making a global impact, says this proud alumni (MA Leadership & Management, 2004)


As we all know, the needs go on every day of the year and your support is important, whether you give now or later.  Thanks for reading, sharing if you are so moved, and donating if you can.

Feeling rather altruistic in the Heartland ….






Guest Post: “Traits of a Servant Leader- Compassionate Collaboration” by Cheryl Bachelder

promo_02Enjoy this guest post by Cheryl Bachelder, the servant leader of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen group as she shares about just one important aspect of servant leadership … then go read her entire book Dare To Serve and really start to change your leadership life:


In American culture, we admire and celebrate individual contributors. We hold up CEOs, celebrities, entrepreneurs, community leaders who have accomplished great things, and we attach those great things to a person, more often than a team.

Even in our sporting events, we tend to celebrate the big name player, over the team. Without realizing it, we often arrive at work with this mindset of individual contributor and we forget the power of collaboration.

At Popeyes, we have been working on building a culture of collaborative teams. Today I share with you a few observations from this experience. For context, seven years ago we decided to assign every critical strategic initiative to a cross functional team to define, solve and implement the solution.

Why? We were working on 129 projects that were not resulting in growth of sales or profits of the company. Out of crisis, we had to work on fewer things and work in a different way.


Not all of our teams were successful, but the successful collaborative teams had these characteristics:

  • The team set specific measurable goals. The goals were ambitious, but not crazy.
  • The team spent time mapping out what skill sets they needed to solve the problem and then added team members where skill gaps existed.
  • The team established camaraderie early on. They took the time upfront to get to know one another so that the work process would go more smoothly (and be more fun).
  • The team leader invited each person to bring their all to the team; communicating that each person is uniquely valuable to the team.
  • The team developed a detailed work plan, assigned each deliverable to an owner, and made sure the work could be accomplished in the time allotted.
  • The team figured out how to resolve conflicts constructively, without damaging relationships.
  • Team members met regularly to offer ideas and assistance to keep the work on schedule.
  • The team won as a team and the leader gave full credit to the team at every public opportunity.

So if you read the title of this post, you may be wondering about compassionate collaboration. The word compassionate, according to Merriam-Webster, means to “be aware of another person’s suffering and aim to alleviate it”.

I believe that when you lead a team, this is your job: to think ahead to what the team needs to be successful, establish those conditions, and alleviate stress points for them. In a nutshell, that is the work of a leader who compassionately collaborates.

This post was originally published on Feb. 27, 2013 at cherylbachelder.com.



promo_01Cheryl Bachelder is the CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen Inc., a multibillion-dollar chain of more than 2,200 restaurants around the world. She is the author of Dare to Serve: How to Drive Superior Results While Serving Others, now available on Amazon. Learn more at daretoserveleaders.com