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Volume 1, Issue 9

September 2012

Blue Ridge Conference


October 10 - 12, 2012

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I Cannot Wait to Return to the Mountain.

As a Board member, I have been preparing for the 2012 Conference, well, since the 2011 event concluded. And I am ready for the mental and emotional recharging that occurs every fall.

I am especially excited to see Mark Miller, an encore presenter and author of the recent book Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life, along with Ken Blanchard. For those of you unfamiliar with Mark based on his earlier Blue Ridge appearance, he is currently the Vice-President of Organizational Effectiveness for Chick-fil-A. In this role, he has played an important role in shaping and modeling their corporate values and dedication to leadership development.

Great Leaders Grow tells the tale of a young leader-in-the-making who gets mentored in the art and science of leadership. Miller and Blanchard’s message seems simple enough on the surface: “Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead.” But growth—our own and that of others—is often easier said than done and that’s where the book shines.

The lessons in Great Leaders Grow apply to anyone, regardless of where they are on the so-called Corporate Ladder or anywhere on the Path of Life. The book explains what a leader is and how a leader grows. The message of the book is encapsulated in the GROW model:

Gain Knowledge
Reach Out to Others
Open Your World
Walk toward Wisdom

The book then concludes with a personal assessment so the reader can determine how successful he/she is in the GROW model. I don’t want to put too much of the particulars in this newsletter, as I don’t want to pre-empt Mr. Miller’s message, but that’s what the Mountain provides for me: a chance to GROW. I hope that you’ll be able to join me there this year. It promises to provide tremendous opportunities for leadership development and growth.

Anthony Koch, Director, Training & Development

W. S. Badcock Corporation

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