Debbie Brewster, more than anyone else beyond Blake’s dad, the venerable Jeff Brown, had shaped him as a leader. She taught him that his capacity to grow would determine his capacity to lead while setting him on the path to develop his leadership character. Her challenge changed the trajectory of his life: “If your heart is not right, no one cares about your skills.”

Most recently, Debbie had introduced Blake to Jack Deluca. Jack, the former world-renowned CEO, taught Blake the “moves” required to create a high performance organization. Blake remembered Jack’s insistence on the folly of trying to execute at a world-class level if your ...

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