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Nelson Mandela’s Legend: 7 Leadership Lessons

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We’re all aware that Nelson Mandela is critically ill in hospital and close to his passing. It seems a shame we always wait until the inspirational icons are no longer with us, before we start to contemplate and celebrate their legend. In a world where people frequently express their disillusionment with politicians and their inability to make a difference, he’s a shining star. For me, there are seven profound lessons that CEOs and leaders can learn from the great Nelson “Madiba” Mandela:

(1) Master your meaning and your emotions

“I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul,” Mandela still likes to quote from W. E. Henley’s Victorian poem ‘Invictus’. Prepared to go to prison for his political beliefs, Mandela stood tall. When his African National Congress (ANC) had been banned by the apartheid South African government in 1960, Mandela had advocated that the party abandon its policy of non-violence, leading to a sentence of life imprisonment. He said, “I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for.”

Reflecting on the moment when he entered Robben Island prison, off the coast of Cape Town, Mandela said, “how you’re treated in prison depends on your demeanor.” Threatened with violence by an Afrikaans prison guard, he told him, “You dare touch me, I will take you to the highest court in the land. And by the time I finish with you, you will be as poor as a church mouse.”

Keeping his emotions in check, relations with his captors improved as he sought to “communicate with them in a message that says I recognize your humanity”. His official biographer Anthony Sampson argues that, during his 27 years in jail, Mandela was able to develop “a philosopher’s detachment,” as well as, “the subtler art of politics: how to relate to all kinds of people, how to persuade and cajole, how to turn his warders into his dependents, and how eventually to become master in his own prison.”

CEOs operate in a much more time-compressed environment, yet should work towards attaining a similar state of Zen-like calm and detachment. In this place, they will not only benefit from better health and wellbeing, but keep sight of the bigger picture and avoid getting buffeted by day-to-day issues.

(2) Treat the losers with dignity and turn them into partners

In 1989, apartheid South Africa suffered from racial violence and a faltering economy at home, while it was shunned abroad. The continuing struggle between the black and white populations seemed like a recipe for mutual destruction, like Israel and Palestine. However, the arrival of new president F.W. de Klerk finally presented Mandela faced with a more pragmatic political opponent, who was minded to free him from prison. For years, Mandela had stood for freedom from oppression. How to approach his captor and would-be liberator? Mandela’s lawyer George Bizos explained the thinking: “Let’s help him. Let’s not keep him in his corner by calling him an oppressor. Even the term can become such a stigma.” Mandela helped de Klerk to, “move from that concept called oppressor to that of a partner”.

Mandela understood that in a negotiation, both sides have to gain. There must be no winners and no losers: the South African people as a whole must win. Learning the lessons from Germany at end of the First World War, he believed, “You mustn’t compromise your principles, but you mustn’t humiliate the opposition. No one is more dangerous than one who is humiliated.”

The process through which Mandela managed to free himself, end apartheid and create a new South African constitution was testament to his tremendous generosity of spirit. George Bizos added that Mandela believed that, “we don’t have to be victims of our past, that we can let go of our bitterness, and that all of us can achieve greatness… he did it not through beating anybody down; most people wouldn’t have the forgiveness to do that sort of thing.”

(3) Shift perspectives through symbolism and shared experiences

Through his example and presence, Mandela has always led from the front. Like Gandhi or Churchill, he learned early how to build up and understand his own image. His trademark colorful shirts mirror his exuberance and optimism while reflecting his tribal roots. The 1995 Rugby World Cup provided an even bigger stage for Mandela to fuse his own image with that of the new nation that he was trying to build.

How do you get 42 million people to tolerate one another? Rugby was traditionally a white man’s game in South Africa, and the black majority population would routinely support the teams of opposing nations. However, Mandela seized upon the PR opportunity of South Africa hosting the 1995 tournament to rebrand the Springbok team, whose kit took on the colors of the new national flag. One team, one country, all would walk tall under the new flag. Mandela even demanded that the team learn the words of the new national anthem, ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika’, asking God to bless Africa for all of us. Although the firm underdogs, the national team was able to beat the New Zealand All Blacks in the final – Mandela’s single act of wearing the Springbok jersey was said to bring on side 99% of the white and 99% of the black South African audience, in a single stroke.

Team captain Morné de Plessis helpfully argued that this campaign was “respecting the people that we represented and what we could give back.” After the game, the team took a boat trip to the Robben Island prison, further adding to the national symbolism. “The world needs moments of great joy… the world needs to see that there are moments that we can live together,” de Plessis said, adding: “Sport is the great leveler. [Our victory was inspired by] the father of this nation, the one who inspired to come together when we never ever believed that we could do it. That’s called leadership.”

The other big shared experience designed to bring together opposing factions was the creation of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. This was about creating a public forum where people could air confront their former aggressors, make their voice heard and get to the truth. Mandela wanted to avoid the acrimony of the Nuremburg trials, which he felt had turned into a vengeful witch-hunt. Instead, this was “soft vengeance… the triumph of a moral vision of the moral world.”

CEOs too can learn to acknowledge the past and draw a line under it. Then, through shared experiences, they must forge a powerful new purpose that people can connect to and believe in.

(4) Embody the spirit of Ubuntu

In 2007, in partnership with entrepreneur Richard Branson and singer Peter Gabriel, Mandela founded ‘The Elders’. Composed of former heads of state, revolutionaries, peacemakers and chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Elders work as a small, dedicated group of individuals, using their collective experience and influence to help tackle some of the most pressing problems facing the world today.

In the launch address, Mandela talked about bringing “the spirit of Ubuntu: that profound African sense that we are human only through the humanity of other human beings.” In a thread that defines his whole life, he said, “I believe that in the end that it is kindness and accommodation that are the catalysts for real change.”

With such high ideals, Mandela was alert to the potential dangers of his own personality cult. He learned to talk less about “I” and more about “we,” and was determined “to be looked at as an ordinary human being”. Mandela himself has repeatedly said that “I’m no angel,” and his presidential predecessor F.W. de Klerk concurs: “He was by no means the avuncular, saint-like figure depicted today. As an opponent he could be brutal and quite unfair.” However, while people may have disagreed with the policies Mandela pursued, they don’t question his integrity. His biographer believes that “it was his essential integrity more than his superhuman myth which gave his story its appeal across the world.”

CEOs are rarely, if ever, depicted as angels, but people have to trust them. Even if they’re not liked, people will rally behind them if they know what they stand for and what they believe in.

(5) Everybody feels bigger in your presence

Time and again people comment on Mandela’s strong personality, saying that he has a aura about him. Fêted by crowds around the world, Mandela mixed politics and showbiz; criticized for prioritizing social engagements with the Spice Girls or Michael Jackson over a visiting head of state.

The adoration of crowds did not faze him: “I am not very nervous of love, for love is very inspiring.” However, Mandela is also a man of intrinsic humility, with the ability to laugh at himself. “I’m only here to shine her shoes,” he said when meeting Whitney Houston. At a White House reception for religious leaders, Bill Clinton paid an emotional tribute to his guest: “Every time Nelson Mandela walks into a room we all feel a little bigger, we all want to stand up, we all want to cheer, because we’d like to be him on our best day.”

Leaders and CEOs who have this x-factor succeed. Our gut feels their absence when they are replaced by a less charismatic successor, even if we delude ourselves that the new guy is a welcome sobering contrast. British prime minister Gordon Brown was no match for the towering presence of Tony Blair; and even if seen to be doing many of the right things at Apple, Tim Cook lacks the swagger of innovator-supreme Steve Jobs.

(6) Build a sustainable fellowship around your cause

It is interesting to speculate how Nelson Mandela would have fared in the age of social media. Confined to his prison cell, much of the technological era passed him by. However, he was never short of followers, and he understood that mass engagement began with a solid core base. Permitted to converse with other prisoners at Robben Island only when laboring at its mine, his inner core was variously termed the ‘brotherhood’, ‘kitchen cabinet’ and ‘university’. The bedrock of his trusted inner sanctum provided him with the foundation from which to keep on being inspiring. Those who were admitted to Mandela’s close fellowship during those years also flourished: close friend Ahmed Kathrada went on to hold senior government positions, while Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma graduated to lead the party. Political prisoners admitted that they actually looked forward in a sense to going to prison, as they would get to meet the true leaders of the country.

Often seeming to be above race, once in power Mandela broadened his fellowship to include white and Indian colleagues, whom he trusted them completely. He made former president F.W. de Klerk his deputy, and his “rainbow cabinet” was one of the few genuinely multiracial governments in the world. Looking to the corporate world, Jack Ma of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba has also been effective at drawing to his cause a group of highly loyal co-founders. CEOs should develop a true fellowship structure that devolves responsibility and brings on promising talent.

7) Bottle the dream for future generations

After 27 years in captivity, it is easy to overlook the fact that Mandela was only actually president of South Africa for five years. He said that he was one of the generation “for whom the achievement of democracy was the defining challenge”. Aged 80 by the time he stepped down in 1999, Mandela argued that, “when a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace… We take leave so that the competent generation of lawyers, computer experts, economists, financiers, doctors, industrialists, engineers and above all ordinary workers and peasants can take the ANC into the new millennium.”

Many great leaders are true ‘one-offs’ and it is too simplistic to suggest that they should seek to bottle their essence to be preserved in aspic. Rather, the big challenge for them is to groom the next generation and ‘blend the essence’ so that it’s fit for their current and future organization. His chosen successor and fellowship member, Thabo Mbeki, was effectively running the country for some of the years while Mandela was still president, with Mandela taking on an increasingly ceremonial role.

The verdict so far on his successors? The next generation of ANC leaders has not been seen to deliver universally good governance: the country continues to be blighted by crime, and the OECD reports that more than 50% of the population is living in poverty. However, South Africa is still is a young country, one that Mandela stamped with the concept of racial tolerance and cooperation as firmly as his predecessors had stamped it with intolerance and segregation.

What we’ve experienced from Mandela’s life is potentially just the start, and his legend is going to be bigger still. In the corporate world that’s my life’s work, we desperately need a new generation of companies that are truly global, courageous and entrepreneurial, and institutions that people care for. Their future leaders would do well to adopt the Mandela mindset and his seven profound lessons.

Having discharged his duty to his people and his country, Mandela can truly rest in peace. He showed us how one person with humility, a dream and a connecting cause could magnify himself and inspire us all. He should take great pride in the legacy that he leaves behind, as it continues to ripple across the world and through future generations. Nelson Mandela: a true legend.

By Steve Tappin

Chief Executive, Xinfu, Host, BBC CEO Guru & Founder, World Of CEOs

Why I Am a new Republican, Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory

Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas) explains why he recently switched from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party. He discusses the history of the Republican Party, founded as an Abolitionist Movement in 1854. Guillory talks about how the welfare state is only a mechanism for politicians to control the black community.

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Great Story about taking chances and hard work – The Varsity in Atlanta

Great Story about taking chances and hard work – The Varsity in Atlanta

This famous phrase has been yelled to customers at Varsity Restaurants thousands of times since the first Varsity opened 84 years ago. You have probably eaten there at least once, maybe many times, it is an Atlanta landmark. Daily around 15,000 people eat at one of the five Varsity restaurants in and around Atlanta and when there is a Georgia Tech home game, 30,000 usually eat just at the downtown location.

Do you know the history of the Varsity Restaurants, the myths, the facts, and the food?

Founder, Frank Gordy graduated from Reinhardt University in 1925, then continued his studies at Georgia Tech. Unfortunately, he didn’t do So well. One day his professor told him that he was not passing, and “maybe you should give up and open a hot dog stand.” He told him “I think I’ll do just that and get rich right under your nose!”

For the next two years, Gordy, who always liked challenges, saved his money and in 1927, he opened that hot dog stand with his nest egg of $2,000. He knew that cheap food and students go together and Georgia Tech students Swarmed his restaurant, then named The Yellow Jacket Inn. The first day he made $49.50. Soon Gordy outgrew the Hemphill and Luckie Street location and opened a new restaurant at the present location of 61 North Avenue. It was now 1928.

Gordy dreamed of opening hot dog stands at college campuses all over Georgia, but he had a problem with the original name,The Yellow Jacket Inn which was highly associated with Georgia Tech. There was a popular song at the time, The Varsity Drag and he decided that would be a great name for his future chain of restaurants. The Varsity was born.

It is now 1932, the Great Depression, not many businesses were opening or expanding, but the self-made entrepreneur, Gordy, decides to gamble on his dream and open another Varsity, near the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens.  Eighty years later it is still thriving. Today there are five locations, downtown Atlanta, Athens, Alpharetta, Gwinnett Town Center, and Dawsonville.

In all of its 84 years, the Varsity restaurants have only been closed one day and it was in June, 1983, the day Frank Gordy was buried. He managed his restaurants for 55 years.

Several of the famous employees of the Varsity are Erby Walker with his signature phrase, “Have your money out and your food in mind And I’ll get you to the game on time.” Walker worked seven days a week Up to 100 hours a week to support his large family. He retired in 2003, and three weeks later he came back to work. He also worked at the Varsity for 55 years.  He started when he was 15 years old. Another employee was Flossie Mae,  their most famous curbman who would sing the menu and dance along the line of cars. He worked into his 80’s and was equally famous for his headgear that changed almost daily. Nipsey Russell also began as a Varsity curbman where he honed his future comedic skills. He was simply known as curbman #46.

Coca-Cola and the Varsity have had a long history. You can see the Coke headquarters building from the parking lot of the Varsity. There Is a rumor that a pipe underneath the street brings Coca-Cola directly from the Coke headquarters to the Varsity counter. Gordy’s grandson, the manager of the downtown restaurant, said that once the Varsity was almost out of Coke and they called the headquarters. Coke employees went to their own cafeteria, got Cokes and brought them to the Varsity. When Coke’s number one stockholder, Warren Buffett, visited Atlanta, the first place that Coke executives took him was the Varsity for lunch. The Varsity sells more Coke products than any other place on earth with more than 2,000,000 cups sold annually.

The first Varsity on North Avenue occupied a 70 X 190 foot lot with a white picket fence surrounding their cinder parking lot.  Originally it was a drive-in only, but soon business demanded a sit-down restaurant. Today, the building, drive-in and parking lots occupy two acres. When the I-75/85 connector was built,  construction took the entire west parking lot. Gordy had a multi-level parking lot built to hold up to 600 cars. The restaurant can seat 800 customers. The downtown Varsity holds the record as the largest drive-in in the world.

Here are some amazing facts about the Varsity: Each day 2 miles of hot dogs are served, just at the downtown location. The hot dogs are especially made just for the Varsity. Every day they cook two tons of onion , 15,000 hamburgers, two and a half tons of potatoes. Delivery trucks deliver 3-6 times a day and that is just for meat and buns, the last fresh buns are delivered at 1 a.m. Around 300 gallons of chili are prepared daily, 50 gallons at a timeAll this food is cooked and served by 200 employees at the downtown’s 145 foot counter.  It is one of Atlanta’s top grossing restaurants with almost ten million in sales annually and that is made with hotdogs, hamburgers, onion rings and french fries costing less than $2 each. The piece-de-resistance at the Varsity is their marriage of peaches or apples and sugar, placed in round pieces of dough and fried to a golden brown.  5,000 of these pies are made daily.

The most popular meal ordered is the #1 which consists of two chili dogs, an order of french fries or onion rings and a regular drink. The Varsity only sells sweet tea. A unique Varsity drink is the FO, frosted orange, a orange-flavored milkshake and tastes similar to a Dreamsicle.

The Varsity Lingo is also famous, the naked dog, a hotdog on a bun, the heavyweight, a hotdog with extra chili, and if you order a hot dog, it will have chili and mustard on the bun, a bag of rags is potato chips and on and on.

According to Frank Gordy’s grandson, his grandfather loved technology and bought a television for the restaurant dining room as soon as they were available to the public. Some Atlantians say the first time they ever saw a television was at the Varsity. There are five dining rooms at the Varsity with television sets on different channels. Each election, TV camera crews arrive to interview diners as they watch election coverage. Presidents to local politicians make a path to the Varsity to eat and meet voters.

Once, founder, Frank Gordy was asked what happened to the leftovers, he responded, “What leftovers?”

United Nations International Health Organization Survey

There are actually two messages here.  The first is very interesting, but the second is absolutely astounding — and explains a lot!

A recent “Investor’s Business Daily” article provided very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization.

Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:

U.S.                     65%
England               46%
Canada                42%

Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:

U.S.                      93%
England               15%
Canada                43%

Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:

U.S.                      90%
England               15%
Canada                43%

Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:

U.S.                      77%
England               40%
Canada                43%

Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:

U.S.                      71
England                14
Canada                 18

Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in “excellent health”:

U.S.                    12%
England               2%
Canada                6%

And now for the last statistic:

National Health Insurance?

U.S.                      NO
England              YES
Canada               YES

And check this last set of statistics!!

The percentage of each past president’s cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to their appointment to the cabinet…..

You know what the private business sector is.  A real-life business, not a Government job.  Here are the percentages:

T. Roosevelt………………. 38%
Taft…………………………… 40%
Wilson ……………………… 52%
Harding…………………….. 49%
Coolidge…………………… 48%
Hoover ……………………… 42%
F. Roosevelt………………. 50%
Truman……………………… 50%
Eisenhower……………….. 57%
Kennedy……………………. 30%
Johnson…………………….. 47%
Nixon………………………… 53%
Ford………………………….. 42%
Carter……………………….. 32%
Reagan………………………. 56%
GH Bush……………………. 51%
Clinton ……………………… 39%
GW Bush……………………. 55%
Obama……………………….. 8%

This helps to explain the incompetence of this administration: only 8% of them have ever worked in private business!

That’s right!  Only eight percent — the least, by far, of the last 19 presidents!  And these people are trying to tell our big Corporations how to run their business?

How can the president of a major nation and society, the one with the most successful economic system in world history, stand and talk about business when he’s never worked for one?  Or about jobs when he has never really had one?  And when it’s the same for 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers?

They’ve spent most of their time in academia, Government and/or non-profit jobs or as “community organizers.”  They should have been in an employment line.

What is the current conservative view on immigration in regard to United States’ policy?

The United States of America is a land of immigrants. It was started with European immigrants, and expanded to reach manifest destiny. This was achieved only by accepting and respecting immigrants. However, we have always had to deal with people crossing our borders illegally. The borders of the United States are not secure enough. The laws to penalize illegal aliens are not harsh enough to deter them, or they are not properly enforced.

Once inside the United States, illegal aliens don’t fear deportation. The beaches and highways on our borders do not have enough patrolmen to stop illegal crossings. These aliens, aside from breaking the law for entering without permission, are often drug smugglers or weapons dealers, which poses a threat to national security. The United States’ borders are unrestrained. We need more funds and manpower to resolve this issue. We also need some stronger laws. Although the issue of illegal immigration may never be fully resolved, stronger laws can help reduce it immensely.

On average, 7 million foreigners a year enter our country illegally. Seventy eight thousand of the above estimate are from countries the United States views as a direct threat in the War on Terror. If the United States remains so open and welcoming to illegal immigrants, we are essentially inviting another catastrophe like September 11, 2001 onto ourselves. If we are serious about our safety, and wish to remain free, we must find a way to allow immigrants in legally so they may enhance our quality of life, and not threaten it.

The Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) gave out 1.5 million green cards to illegal aliens in the 90’s. This can only serve to encourage others to enter our country without going through the legal process. Law breakers should not be rewarded for breaking the law (in this case granted amnesty).

A magnet for illegal immigration is job opportunity. Businesses in America hire illegal immigrants because of cheap labor. Maybe, as an incentive for hiring citizens, big companies who do so should get a tax break. If the government offered some form of compensation for the extra money these businesses would spend, it is likely that they would hire Americans. The unemployment rate here is outrageous. We cannot afford to hire people that don’t pay income taxes. Americans need jobs and illegal immigrants are taking them away.

Our government must implement some changes and crack down a little bit if they wish to protect the country they swore an oath to protect both physically and economically. Illegal immigration is a problem that has been argued over for years, and a solution must be found. The most common conservative view on immigration is that it should be limited. Having open borders is not worth the price to national security. The conservative view on immigration may seem severe and close minded but it raises some important points worth noting.

A misconception about conservatism is that they are racist or anti the Latino/Latina community. Nothing can be farther from the truth. Conservatives want to welcome immigrants legally while keeping America safe. Maybe that translates into a need for more lenient immigration laws. The bottom line is that in one way or another the issue of illegal immigration must be resolved.

Immigration Views

Liberal Views
Support legal immigration.  Support amnesty for those who enter the U.S. illegally (undocumented immigrants).  Also  believe that undocumented immigrants have a right to:
— all educational and health benefits that citizens receive (financial aid, welfare, social security and medicaid), regardless of legal status.
— the same rights as American citizens.  It is unfair to arrest millions of undocumented immigrants.

Conservative Views
Support legal immigration only.  Oppose amnesty for those who enter the U.S. illegally (illegal immigrants).  Those who break the law by entering the U.S. illegally do not have the same rights as those who obey the law and enter legally.  The borders should be secured before addressing the problem of the illegal immigrants currently in the country.  The Federal Government should secure the borders and enforce current immigration law.