Leading in Our Schools, Investing in Our Students

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I had a great call this morning with the Food Service Director of a school district in the KC metro area. We were discussing my upcoming presentation to the team there and I love how this leader is looking at her team and how she is investing in them. We need more leaders in our schools who challenge the status quo, expect more, and lead at a higher level.
Typically when people talk about food service at a school, it is without much passion, fanfare, or excitement. We all have kids in school (or have had, or know people that do) and the act of providing a meal to those students should not be taken lightly. It’s an act of servant leadership that touches hundreds of lives everyday, in just one school, and thousands across a school district.
As the leader I spoke with today said, “We have these children for 30 minutes, uninterrupted, everyday. No cell phones. No distractions. We have to make the most of that time.” I will add that the 30-minute window each day is an investment in the lives of our students and future leaders that will someday lead our society. That return on that investment is incalculable, and will be felt for years to come.
I’m honored to be speaking to these leaders and look forward to seeing all they will accomplish in serving their students as they invest in their lives in meaningful ways.

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Bobby Shaw

I am a former restaurant company executive with a passion for developing existing and future leaders to achieve high standards. I love helping organizations develop strong people cultures with an emphasis on leadership development that result in top-notch operations and better business results. I have over 30 years in the restaurant business in all facets of operations, from my start at McDonald's in the grill area in 1984 to overseeing 200+ restaurants with Chipotle Mexican Grill from 2002-2012 to leading Freebirds World Burrito's resurgence from 2013-2016 to working with the Salad and Go restaurant startup as CEO in 2016/2017. My real world experience transcends the typical operations background with a focus in leadership development and coaching. At the core of my background and experience, I believe that how leaders get results is just as important as getting them, and what got them where they are, won't necessarily get them where they want to go. I work closely with individual leaders and companies to improve their results through understanding how their strengths impact the overall results. My goal is to help business leaders and companies learn how to leverage the strengths of their employees by understanding their strengths and what they’re good at, and using that knowledge to positively impact their entire organization.

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