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Franklin's new book expands upon his passion for personal and professional leadership development from his first book, Coffee with Cleo. Lessons from our Mothers and Fathers is a collection of 20 short stories of sage generational advice from Franklin and other successful business leaders who share special moments of inspiration and wisdom passed on to them by their parents. The powerful stories captured in the book provide the reader a glimpse into the many authors’ early lives to witness the extraordinary moments that helped shape their personal and professional journey to improve their livelihoods, and more importantly, their lives.
Ten Leadership Lessons Learned
“Coffee with Cleo” is a collection of 10 leadership lessons and personal stories of inspiration, self-reflection, and teaching moments from Cleo Franklin’s 32 years of working as an executive with iconic global brands John Deere, Case-New Holland, and Mahindra. Signed copies are available here on the website! Order your copy here or find the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
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After reading Cleo's first book, Coffee with Cleo, I was very excited to hear of his upcoming book! The first book was a powerful handbook (for life) that I'll refer to over and over again. It was that good. Then after receiving the prepublication Lessons from Our Mothers and Fathers, it was like a shared experience of wisdom through the eyes of many people! Even though his books are targeted to Business/Economics/Leadership, they both are filled with great information for anyone.
- Jim Tillman Creative Writer at Sioux City African-American History Publisher
Anand Mahindra, executive chairman, Mahindra Group
[Cleo] is an endless fund of stories, many of which have found their way into this book. A good story requires a good storyteller. And, as Coffee with Cleo demonstrates, Cleo Franklin is up there among the best… In this book, Cleo has successfully deployed the magical and powerful subtleties of storytelling and delivered them most engagingly. Its 10 chapters are filled with insightful stories based on brutal honesty, personal experience, and self-reflection.
Cleophus “Cleo” Franklin Jr.’s leadership expertise is globally recognized. His passion for designing robust business growth, brand strategies, and implementing innovative, disruptive business models have benefited many global businesses and industries. Franklin’s values and beliefs are centered on approaching difficult challenges with curiosity and a beginner’s mindset. He is a purpose-driven leader who embraces servant leadership and investing in the personal and professional development of the next generation of leaders.
His leadership career spans over thirty years with John Deere, Case-New Holland, and Mahindra as a global executive. During his career, Franklin’s business, and brand contributions recognition include the honor of being awarded the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Honorary American Degree, an induction into the Mahindra Business Hall of Fame, and the recipient of numerous marketing, branding, corporate social responsibilities, new product innovation, and growth performance awards in the agriculture and heavy equipment industry.
Aaron Alejandro, executive director, Texas FFA Foundation
I have always been told that a good speech, lecture, webinar, or book should possess the 3Es: Educate, Entertain, and Encourage. Coffee with Cleo is a work of heart, passion, leadership, and legacy. I am one of the lucky ones … I have had coffee with Cleo and the chance to listen to stories, analogies, tips, and traits, inspiring me to live life abundantly. I am excited others will get to know my friend and glean from those incredible moments that happen at Coffee with Cleo.
Festus Amoye, founder and CEO, Laddering Your Success
Sometimes we wonder if God cares about us. Then we meet a person that not only cheers us up momentarily but touches our being in such a way that we know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, we don't walk this life alone. Cleo is that person. The wisdom, truth, empathy, and witty compassion shared in Coffee with Cleo has a divine scoop of sugar. Just enough so that you taste and see that God is good.