66 – Daryl Brewster: CEO of CECP; Former President of Kraft Foods & CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Daryl Brewster

Daryl Brewster is the current CEO of CECP.  CECP’s mission is to draw together and empower senior executives of the world’s leading companies to achieve unprecedented progress on societal challenges while driving business performance. CECP offers high-powered connectivity and the platform to multiply investments in solving societal challenges. CECP uniquely enhances its members’ societal initiatives through strategy-related expertise, influential advocates, and awareness building, and by offering members essential resources including a proprietary benchmarking toolnetworking programs,research, and opportunities for best-practice sharing.

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Through more than a decade of work with CEOs, CECP has identified the Top Actions of an Engaged CEO. These actions are carried out each day by leading CEOs and are concrete steps senior executives can take to advance corporate societal engagement within their companies.

Daryl has nearly 30 years of executive experience in the US and abroad. He has been an officer for several Fortune 500 companies, served as the turnaround CEO of a publicly-traded company, run five multi-billion dollar business units and currently serves on several privately-held and non-profit boards.  He served as:

  • President of Kraft’s $6 billion North American Snacks, Confections, Cereal, and Pet portfolio; successfully led the business to record top and bottom-line growth.
  • President of the Planters Specialty Products Company; more than doubled the portfolio to $1.6 billion over a four year period.
  • The turnaround CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.; reversing financial declines, clearing up a myriad of financial and accounting difficulties, reducing debt and expanding globally.
  • Managing Director of Campbell’s $300 million UK operations; doubled revenue and quadrupled profits.

In addition, Daryl served on the board of E*Trade Financial Holding Company and Krispy Kreme, Inc, and currently serves on the board of several privately-held companies.

He also has an extensive background in non-profits, having served on the boards of the American Marketing Association; several colleges & university councils; the Y Alliance; CIFF-Funded MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive Assistance), which is focused on reducing childhood hunger around the world; and the RWJohnson-supported Partnership for Healthy Kids, which is working to decrease childhood obesity in the US.

65 – Eric Draper: White House Chief Photographer for President George W. Bush

Eric-draperEric Draper served as President Bush’s chief photographer for the entire eight years of his presidency, photographing him daily in his activities at the office, abroad, and in his personal life.

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Draper was named Special Assistant to the President and is the first White House photographer to be named a commissioned officer to a U.S. President.  Also during his tenure, Draper directed the photographic and archival conversion of the White House Photo Office from film to digital and took nearly 1-million photos documenting the presidency.

Prior to joining the White House, Draper was West Regional Enterprise Photographer for the Associated Press.  In eight years with the AP, Draper covered an array of domestic and international news and sports including presidential campaigns, devastating natural disasters, civil unrest, refugee crises, five Olympic games, two World Cups and many NBA, NFL, and MLB championships.

In this podcast you will get a behind the scenes look at the Bush presidency and listen to him describe leadership in action from the tragedy to 9/11, the commitment of troops to Iraq & Afghanistan, and the meeting with multiple world leaders.

You will also get a sense of what kind of man George Bush was on a personal level and how he treated everyone; from the janitor to the Queen of England, with the same amount of deference and respect.

Eric is the author of the highly acclaimed book Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush.  Front Row Seat presents a compelling, behind-the-scenes view of the presidency of George W. Bush.draperphoto

Through Draper’s lens, we follow Bush through moments of crisis that called for strong leadership, such as 9/11; emotional meetings with troops in war zones, wounded soldiers at home, and Katrina survivors; and happy, relaxed times with his wife Laura, daughters Barbara and Jenna, and parents President George H. W. and Barbara Bush.

We also see Bush at work within his inner circle of trusted advisors, including Vice President Richard Cheney, National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Capturing moments that reveal the essence of the man, Front Row Seat is an irreplaceable portrait of George W. Bush.

Visit Eric Draper’s website here: ericdraperphotography.com

64 – Chris Brady: Founder of LIFE Business, Author of “A Month in Italy” & “Launching a Leadership Revolution”

Chris BradyChris Brady is a highly influential business leader, accomplished author, international speaker, community builder, man of principle, and Christian.

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He co-wrote the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Weekly, USA Today, and Money Magazine best seller Launching a Leadership Revolution. In addition to other leadership, business, and community-building books, Chris also authored the leadership book Rascal, which is, just like Chris, notoriously witty, funny, and sparkling with personality. Chris’s latest book, A Month in Italy: Rediscovering the Art of Vacation , is already raved about by the critics as “masterful, witty, intelligent, dreamy, and deep, all at the same time.”

Adored by readers, followers, and live audiences alike, Chris possesses that rare and natural ability to deeply influence people. His exceptional talents for speaking and authoring rival one another, and along with his critically acclaimed books and speaking, his leadership blog has received considerable praise and several awards. Visit Chris’s blog at www.chrisbrady.com

Chris is listed as one of the World’s Top 25 Leadership Gurus and among the Top 100 Authors to Follow on Twitter (). He has spoken to audiences of thousands around the world on principles of leadership development and self-improvement in all aspects of life. Mr. Brady contributes regularly to Networking Times magazine and has been featured in special publications of Success and Success at Home magazines.

Founder of LIFE: As a co-founder of the LIFE business, Chris is deeply convicted in his principles and his commitment to making a difference. In addition to his conviction to conduct his life based on principle-centered leadership and unwavering integrity, he is unwilling to ask of others what he wouldn’t do himself. The co-founders of the LIFE business are dedicated to educating others on demonstrated and proven strategies for lasting, personal growth in each of the 8 main Fs of life: Faith, Family, Friendship, Freedom, Finances, Fitness, Following, and Fun. LIFE fosters the leader-led development of businesses by bringing together four financially successful industries: Home-Based Businesses, Personal Development, Life Coaching, and Community Building.

Books Published: Launching a Leadership Revolution, LIFE, Rascal: Making a Difference by Becoming an Original Character, Leadership and Liberty: Pieces of the Puzzle, Leadership: Tidbits and Treasures, and to be released in 2012, A Month in Italy: Rediscovering the Art of Vacation.

63 – Joe Scarlett: Former CEO of Tractor Supply Company

Joe ScarlettJoe Scarlett is the retired Chairman of Tractor Supply Company and Founder of the Scarlett Leadership Institute in middle Tennessee. Scarlett’s long retail career has evolved in recent years into a second career in leadership education.

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In 2006, Joe and his family endowed the Scarlett Leadership Institute. The institute is passionately committed to improving business leadership skills with a strong emphasis on ethical behavior. Today, scores of companies participate in a variety of high quality leadership and management education programs. A broad range of business leaders are achieving the overarching goal of positive behavioral change.

Scarlett held leadership roles at Tractor Supply Company from 1979 until his retirement at the end of 2007. He played a key role in the initiative to return the company to profitability through improved customer service and focused product selection as part of a classic leveraged buyout in 1982. Joe also led the successful 1994 effort to take the company public and during his ten plus years as CEO, the company’s revenue quadrupled and the price of its stock increased ten-fold.

Tractor Supply Company was honored by Forbes as one of the “Best Managed Companies in America” and Scarlett was recognized as Ernst & Young’s Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year. Joe has also served for twenty years on the board of the nations largest retail trade organization including four as its chairman.

Joe and his family also founded The Scarlett Family Foundation whose mission is, ‘to provide educational support to middle Tennessee students of all ages’. Joe also serves as a board member of the Beacon Center of Tennessee.

Check out Joe Scarlett’s Website & Blog!

62 – LtCol Rob “Waldo” Waldman: Combat Fighter Pilot & Professional Motivational Speaker

Waldo WaldmanBusiness motivational speaker Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman – The Wingman – is a professional business motivational speaker and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He teaches organizations and individuals how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated fighter pilot and businessman.

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Waldo overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a highly decorated combat fighter pilot with over 65 missions in Iraq and Serbia. He believes that the key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen – the men and women in your life who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and achieve success. In business and life, you should never fly solo! The solution to winning when the heat is on lies in the ability of every wingman in your organization, regardless of their role, to support the team and be 100% committed to the mission.

Through his motivational keynotes and leadership seminars, Waldo applies the same principles that guaranteed his success in the competitive world of aerial combat to success in business and life. His message is simple: whether achieving victory as a fighter pilot or in business, the same qualities that ensure success apply: courage, accountability, preparation, integrity, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence.

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Audiences connect with Waldo not only because of his extensive business background, but also because he truly speaks from the heart and has an infectious passion for helping people.

Waldo is a graduate of the U.S Air Force Academy and also holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior. A former top producing sales manager, he successfully led national sales efforts for several cutting edge technology and consulting firms. He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), which is the highest earned designation recognized worldwide by the professional speaking industry. Only 7% of all professional speakers hold this exclusive designation of platform excellence.

Motivational keynote speaker Waldo was ranked one of the Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders in Georgia and has been featured on Fox & Friends, CNN, MSNBC, The Harvard Business Review, Investor’s Business Daily, Lifestyles Magazine, Success Magazine, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Dallas Morning News, Business Week, and many others.

61 – Bill Catlette & Richard Hadden: Founders of Contented Cow Partners

Contented Cow4-booksContented Cow Partners is the team of Bill Catlette and Richard Hadden, the authors of the critically acclaimed bestselling “Contented Cows” business book series. They work with organizations worldwide, by speaking at conventions, conferences, and other meetings of corporations, professional associations, and other organizations; delivering leadership training; conducting employee and customer satisfaction surveys; and providing executive coaching. Their mission is to improve organizations’ performance through having a focused, fired-up, and capably led workforce.

Their work was among the first to establish a clear connection between an organization’s people practices and its profit performance.

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Their Message

Creating a great place to work is one of the best things a company can do for its bottom line. It’s no accident that the organizations consistently identified as winners also happen to be some of the best places on earth to work. This occurs not as an afterthought, but as a vital, premeditated element of business strategy.

Bill Catlette has worked in a variety of Human Resource management and executive capacities with some well known and highly regarded service distribution firms. His corporate ports of call have included assignments with Genuine Parts Company, the Atlanta-based distribution arm of NAPA; Automatic Data Processing, where he served as the company’s Corporate Manager of Employee Relations; and Federal Express Corporation; where, as a Managing Director, he and his staff were responsible for developing many of the Human Resource programs which enabled that company to become recognized as one of the nation’s 5 Best Managed Companies (Forbes), one of the 100 Best Companies in America to Work For, and, without question, one of the true “world class” service organizations.

Upon leaving Federal Express in 1989, Bill founded The Westar Group, a human resources consulting firm which concentrates primarily on the areas of Employee Relations, Teamwork, Leadership Development, and Business Strategy.

With better than 5,000 hours addressing business leadership groups, Bill is an accomplished speaker and seminar leader.

Richard Hadden was a manager for a large savings and loan association in the 1980’s. He learned computer programming and worked as a programmer and systems analyst in the field of multi-user microcomputer software, before the advent of PC’s. He was Director of Product Development for a software house in North Florida before starting his own software consulting business in 1986.

While consulting, he taught software design, principles of management, and international economics at Jacksonville University. He began working as a trainer and consultant to corporations and left the university in 1991.

Since 1990 he has delivered keynote presentations and training programs for more than 800 audiences on five continents.


60 – Phillip Van Hooser: Entrepreneur, Leadership Coach, Author of “Leaders Ought to Know”

Phillip Van HooserAfter college, Phil brought this work ethic to corporate America. In his early years as an HR professional, he was struck by something he learned while watching a video on the Quality Management Movement. The message was simple but significant: “No matter how good your tools or processes are, they are only as good as the person leading the process.” It was then that Phil decided he wanted to be a leader, not simply a manager.

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After 10 years in corporate HR and earning what he calls a “master’s degree in ‘What the Worst Leaders do in Poorly Managed Companies,’” Phil was at a turning point. It was time to take the leadership truths he had learned and share them with companies who cared and were willing to listen. Van Hooser Associates, Inc. was born.

Phil has built an extremely successful career developing and marketing customized leadership keynotes, management training plans, books and videos on leadership. He has taught his proven leadership skills at companies of all sizes throughout the U.S. and around the globe. More than 900 companies have trusted Phil to help their organizations achieve new levels of success.

Most recently, Phil has been the mastermind behind a comprehensive leadership development program called “Leaders Ought to Know.” This leadership development plan incorporates in-depth leadership content, systematic delivery, consistent reinforcement and ongoing engagement and interaction to achieve each client’s leadership development goals.

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As an entrepreneur and business owner, Phil understands the complexities of building and sustaining a profitable enterprise. Since 1988, Phil has successfully developed and marketed customized leadership keynotes, management training programs, videos and books on leadership. His company consistently experiences double-digit growth. The opportunities to work with executives, mid level managers and first line supervisors of U.S. and international corporations gives him a bird’s eye view of the leadership development plans that work in business today.Leaders Ought To Know

Founder & Concept Director, Leaders Ought To Know®
A comprehensive leadership development program, Leaders Ought To Know® maximizes leadership development through a multi-faceted approach to learning. As founder and concept director, Phil is directly responsible for the strategic and creative direction of this online leadership training program.

In this podcast episode Richard & Phillip discuss Phillip’s latest book Leaders Ought to Know: 11 Ground Rules for Common Sense  

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