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.
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 experience and expertise has been globally recognized, as has his passion for business development, developing robust brand strategies, and designing and implementing innovative, disruptive business models that have benefited many iconic brands across multiple industries.
Cleo is also an entrepreneur. He founded Franklin Strategic Solutions (franklinss.com), a global consulting business that focuses on leadership development, business development, business/brand strategy, keynote speaking, and executive coaching across all business and nonprofit industries.
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.