Go Big or Go Home

Excerpt from Dare to Serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others

 I have a weird personality.  I only want to work on big, huge, hard things.  Maybe it is my wiring of being an idea person. Maybe it is my love of turnaround opportunities. Maybe it reflects my total lack of patience for slow-moving endeavors.

This I am certain of, I want to work on something that matters.  I want to either go big or go home.

On that point, I don’t think I’m the only one.  I think the people that we lead want to work on something that matters.  I think the people would rather try something bold and exciting and fail, than never be challenged.

I’ve come to believe that it is the responsibility of the leader to have a daring aspiration for the people and the enterprise.  If we don’t, the people will not be well-served.

I should probably warn you, bold, brave leaders don’t win popularity contests.

In business, the bold leaders are described by many as quirky, strange, and even a bit looney.  People will say you lack practical knowledge, you will probably blow the budget, and many other unattractive things. People always have handy the five reasons the idea will fail in the “real” world. People will accuse you of fiscal irresponsibility.  The road to bold thinking is paved with doubters and naysayers.

If you are a bold leader, with big aspirations for the people and the enterprise, bring your courage.

The “cheers” don’t come until the daring idea transforms the organization or rejuvenates a tired brand, or turns around a poorly performing team.  Then everyone will cheer the bold idea that saved the day.

Leaders with daring aspirations for the people and the enterprise must be brave and confident – or the ideas will never leave the paper they are written on.

Reflection Question: What is your daring aspiration for your team that is beyond what they know how to accomplish today? 

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About Cheryl Bachelder

Cheryl is a passionate restaurant industry leader who serves as CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., a publicly traded global chain of 2300+ restaurants. Cheryl is known for reinvigorating great brands and inspiring leaders to reach their full potential – with exceptional performance results. She has enjoyed a rewarding career working at Procter & Gamble, Gillette, Nabisco, Domino’s Pizza and Yum brands. Cheryl and her husband Chris have been married thirty three years and are parents to three adult daughters   »  Learn More

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This is brilliantly written. I met you years ago when you were still CEO at Popeyes. You probably won’t remember but you were scheduled to speak st a business owners breakfast event I was doing in Atlants and couldn’t come because you had a car accident the day before. I think our philosophy on business and leadership are aligned.

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