Day: November 19, 2020


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When Heather Isely and her siblings were plotting out how to commemorate the 65th anniversary of their family run organic-market chain, Natural Grocers, they envisioned all manner of dynamic in-person promotions. It only made sense, given the Lakewood, Colorado-rooted company’s decades-long immersion in the towns and cities surrounding its more than 150 locations across 20 states.

“We adapt to the communities we go into,” confirms Isely, who serves as executive vice president of Natural Grocers, which her parents, Margaret and Phillip Isely, started in 1955 with a single location. “We try and figure out what the community is interested in and how we can help them.”

Alas, the year-long celebration has, like virtually all other customer engagement around the world, rematerialized through online entreaties. In Natural Grocers’ case, that means interactive offerings such as an online Sundae Fundae Photo Contest and Baking Mixes

Fifty years ago, Robert Greenleaf wrote an essay called “The Servant as LeaderPDF that introduced the phrase servant leadership into the business lexicon. The notion offered an important counterweight to the command-and-control leadership style of that era, and it developed a wide following in the decades that followed, with countless companies and executives embracing servant leadership as a core management philosophy.

Among the hundreds of CEOs I’ve interviewed over the years, dozens have told me that they believe in servant leadership. The concept has had a long and laudable run, worthy of a standing ovation. But I respectfully submit that it is time to retire the phrase.

Before I marshal my argument and offer a more practical way of describing leaders and leadership, let’s do a quick refresher on where the idea came from.

Greenleaf, who started his career at American Telephone and Telegraph (now AT&T) before


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