Sometimes you come across someone and you say, this person is just too "normal" to be CEO of a major American corporation. Such a person is my friend and fellow YGL John Osborn, CEO of advertising giant BBDO, New York.
John, pictured here to my left from yesterday, when I spoke to his team, along with John Osborn, in "A Conversation of Love Leadership," embodies the basic standards for a Love Leader in the 21st century. Just one example — when the BBDO Diversity Council was reconstituted in the midst of some internal head-winds, John's support was unconditional. When the Council did not even have budget for coffee and croissants for their inaugural meeting, John simply reached in his pocket and pulled out $40 and said "problem solved for today, and I will make sure there is not a budget problem tomorrow." This was a small, personal gesture that meant a great deal to his team. Believe me, the word of John doing this shot like a release of trade secrets through the corridors of BBDO. At the end of the day, the employees and team leaders within the company knew that John Osborn was with them, and not just directing them.
I was honored to speak before BBDO on yesterday for Love Leadership, and to sign copies of my new book, LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World, for each person.
Onward wit HOPE
John Hope Bryant is the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, vice chairman of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy as well as chairman of the Council Committee on the Under-Served, financial literacy advisor to the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council, a Young Global Leaders for the World Economic Forum, and author of LOVE LEADERSHIP; A New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), which debuted in August, 2009, on the CEO Reads Top 10 Best Seller List, and was published in November, 2009 in digital audio book format on Audible.com, iTunes and other audio book retailers .