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Vermont is a State Full of Trustworthy Leaders
Three of the leaders profiled in our new book are from Vermont. Ted Castle, President of Rhino Foods is in Burlington, VT. The Rev Jean Smith and Peter Smith, also featured leaders in our book, are based in Brattleboro, VT.
We met the Rev. Jean Smith in college when she was a parish priest. We trusted her to marry us and an enduring relationship was born. Jean discovered that her strengths in leading, listening and encouraging were in strong demand and was asked to lead the Seamen's Church Institute of NY and NJ, which provides pastoral care to mariners around the world.
Her husband, Peter Smith, has had an exciting career in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. He worked for J&J during the Tylenol crisis and saw first-hand how the culture of trust that existed in that organization allowed it to use the trust it had built with consumers to overcome the crisis. Peter went on to use his leadership skills to help Learning Ally provide over 75,000 audiobooks to help thousands of people who are blind, visually impaired or dyslexic have access to the learning tools they need.
We met Ted Castle, Owner and President of Rhino Foods, after watching him on a CNN interview. We invited him to talk to our MBA students and then included his leadership journey in our books. Ted has found a way to make work fun by making it a game. He shares his financials with his employees, encouraging them to make the business better and he even shares the profits of his privately-owned firm with them.
All three of these leaders are humble, authentic and courageous. They took risks along their leadership journeys and build trust with their employees and colleagues along the way.
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