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LOVING Like a Leader to be Published August 15


                                “Real Leaders Cry” Claims New Book

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN—June 15, 2016— Real Leaders Cry & Kissing LikeLeader are two of the 77 short stories (called Mints) in a new leadership development book to be published August 15, 2016. The 266-page book is titled:

  LOVING Like a Leader
 77 More Leadership Mints
by Peter Jeff

            Filled with short stories easily digested and quickly re-invigorating like a candy mint, LOVING Like a Leader provides 77 compelling ways to break through the malaise in business and the disenchantment in politics. Calling on 30 years of business experience, the author provides busy leaders a tool to develop other leaders.

            These 77 new Leadership Mints are segmented into three categories — Compassion, Connection and Conviction-­­-designed to personalize leadership principles and help leaders recharge their batteries to lead with what researchers call The Secret Ingredient: LOVE. Each Leadership Mint begins with an EngageMINT — a one-sentence call-to-action summary that reinforces the intended key leadership learning of the story: how to more effectively engage others.

           LOVING Like a Leader is peppered with historical examples in business, sports and politics. Patterned after the first book in the Leadership Mints Series (ENERGIZING Like A Leader, With 101 Leadership Mints), the book also features  tips on developing your own sense of humor to enlighten your feeling for leading with love.

         LOVING Like a Leader will be available on Amazon.com and booksellers everywhere on August 15, 2016  ($15 paperback, ISBN 9780-6926-20007,  $10 e-book). For a Pre-Publication Review Copy, contact Peter Jeff e-mail: peterjeff@charter.net. On twitter: @LeaderMintsGuy. 



You can purchase LEADERSHIP MINTS, the 296 page  tool to help leaders develop others leaders on Amazon.com or click on this link:


      Here is the introduction:

To More Fully Digest
The Leadership Challenge

2016 cover              With more than two million copies sold, The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner has earned its worldwide reputation as the Bible of Leadership Development. Following in that bible’s storytelling tradition, these 101 LEADERSHIP MINTS help you savor and digest the key principles in The Leadership Challenge. These LEADERSHIP MINTS– stories that can be read in 5 minutes or less – are easy to swallow and just as quickly energizing and refreshing like the candy mint. In fact, these LEADERSHIP MINTS are designed as bite-sized ideas to flesh out and personalize, to invigorate and innervate The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership as defined in The Leadership Challenge:

1. Model the Way
2. Inspire a Shared Vision
3. Challenge the Process
4. Enable Others to Act
5. Encourage the Heart

        See FIVE PRACTICES to review the full list of 101 Mints (stories) categorized according to the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. But first here’s a preview that illustrates the provocative titles and the entertaining flair of these LEADERSHIP MINTS that makes the leadership development principles more memorable, meaningful and actionable:

To Model the Way, see LEADERSHIP MINTS on Emotional Intelligence and Public Speaking, including: Mint 51 (Filling Up your Fool Tank) ,
Mint 75 (Breaking the Dam of Indifference) and Mint 82 (Wearing Your Wrinkled Coat of Arms).

To Inspire a Shared Vision, see LEADERSHIP MINTS on Strategic Thinking and Perception, including: Mint 1 (Yabba Dabba Doo on Monday Morning) , Mint 2 (Are you Forty or Forte?) and Mint 23 (Broadening Your Funnel Vision).

To Challenge the Process, see LEADERSHIP MINTS on Innovation and Creativity, including: Mint 3 (What’s Your YQ?,) Mint 7 (Slipping into the Girdle of Innovation) and Mint 31 (Taking the Scum Off Your Mind. )

To Enable Others to Act, see LEADERSHIP MINTS on Teamwork and Conflict Management including  Mint 43 (Feeding Friend-zy),
Mint 55 (Teetering on the See-Saw of Trust) , Mint 80 (Playing your ACE in a Stacked Deck).

To Encourage the Heart, see LEADERSHIP MINTS on Relationship Building and Listening including: Mint 42 (Heart Transplant of Another Kind),  Mint 58 (Feeding the Birds ) and Mint 70 (Making LOVE to your Audience).


FREE Leadership Mints Book June 4-8

2016 cover        Make way for the 5-minute Leadership Mints Break at your next staff meetings proclaims a newly published book designed to help leaders develop other leaders. The 296-page book features provocative titles and short stories (read in 5 minutes or less) that personalize 16 different leadership behaviors:

101 Bite-Sized Ideas to Energize Yourself & Others
by Peter Jeff

      You can Download the FREE digital version of the 74,000 word book during a special 5-day promotion from Thursday June 4 through Monday June 8. at Amazon.com.

The digital version of the book is highly navigable with an unique and robust Owner’s Manual that depicts 17 different leadership situations and an Index that features 47 leaders and hyperlinks to their specific insights (quotes). Just click on this link

  You can download the book directly to your computer.
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Customer Service With Pizzazz!

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to add punch to your customer service. Reading time: 3:04

      The  fast-food counter seemed more like a stage to the clerk  especially when he welcomed his audience of one– his customer–with a bright smile and  even brighter affirmation of his customer’s order:

      A ham “I will get that right up for you sir and I can tell you that I’m going to put smile on your face and inch on your waist.”

      His  jovial voice beamed through pearly white teeth and a breathy enthusiasm that painted smiles on the faces of nearby patrons too.

      His customers appreciated the clerk’s creative zeal in turning an ordinary transaction into something extra-ordinary.  That’s what leaders do. They turn the ordinary into the extra-ordinary.

       Indeed, this leader in customer service showmanship made absolutely sure this $31.46 order for this  customer and his five other auto mechanic co-workers would be anything but ordinary.

           Leaders have a flair for customer service showmanship that re-focuses the spotlight on the customer to add even greater value to their customer experience. Continue reading

Eating Humble Pie at 30,000 Feet

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to reinforce the integrity of your corporate culture. Reading time: 3:14.

      The CEO and the president of a multi-billion dollar company headed off to the airport for a business trip.

Virtual Images       No limousine. No private jet. They flew commercial—in coach. No first class treatment for them. They were too focused on treating others first class.

      That’s what leaders do. They don’t regularly spend on themselves for comfort or convenience. They more regularly invest in others for their added comfort or convenience that increases their performance and productivity.

     Of course, the CEO and President could have justified the expense of a private jet for a business trip. But on this occasion, they had planned a larger than normal window in their schedules to accommodate the added travel time. Continue reading

Thriving on Your Friendly Five

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you work smarter not harder. Reading time: 3:21

      Forget working 12-hour days or more. Try working just 5 minutes a day –with each of your employees—and making more time for you to think, to learn and to lead.

     No way, you say. You gotta be kidding me! Well, read on and see for yourself. Five-Minutes

     The most effective leaders leverage the Friendly Five Minutes strategy to preempt problems and take precautionary measures that ward off at least some of the headaches before they flair into full-fledged migraines.

      Highly effective leaders say that if they spend 5 minutes each day FIRST THING with each of their employees, they increase morale, cool smoldering fires and more fully assess the working conditions  to better align for every-changing production demands and staffing assignments.

     Let’s say you have eight direct reports and you spend 5 minutes with each of them or 40 minutes and let’s say you need 10 minutes to get from workstation to workstation to visit with your next direct report or 80 minutes. Continue reading

Spacing Your Leadership Bite

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to help you develop relationship in your project management. Reading time: 3:44

         The newly appointed CEO was shocked and perplexed when the Chairman of the company left an urgent message for the CEO to cut short his European business trip and return as soon as possible to the corporate headquarters in the United States.

wheelwright1         Was it an unwanted takeover bid? Or an explosion in a manufacturing plant ? A kidnapping of a board member?

        The new CEO wondered what the crisis was about as he hurriedly broke away from negotiations in acquiring a company that would shore up a key vulnerability in the company’s product line.

        “A party—a retirement party?” the new CEO repeated in a frustrating and exasperating tone. “You want me to leave millions of dollars on the table right now –that’s the potential we have in acquiring this company that we had already talked about with you and the Board–to fly back to corporate headquarters to attend a retirement party?

       The Chairman of the Board calmly and resolutely confirmed his direction. The new CEO did attend the retirement party –an annual event that celebrates, lauds and says a big Thank You to hundreds of employees with 25 years or more of service.

       That annual Retirement Party is so important that top management — including the Chairman and the CEO and each company president– are always there in person to press the flesh. Continue reading