A Server's Journey

A Server's Journey

Rocky DeStefano
Oct 21, 2020 37 min

Adapting to Learning Differences with The Bedford School

In this episode we talk with Allison Day and Jeff James, key members of The Bedford School. The mission of The Bedford School is to maximize the potential of students with learning differences and develop foundations for success. We discuss how they...
Oct 14, 2020 57 min

How to Develop Team Members Into Servant Leaders

In this episode, we invite Jack Kennington and Andrew Barnes, Rocky's colleagues, to talk about their experience with servant leadership. Jack and Andrew were present during Rocky's formative years in leadership. Jack, who lives in Tennessee, works with hospice currently but was with Chick-fil-A for 20 years, 13 of which as an Operator of his own store. Since then, he has had a total of 6 Operators, with a focus on 4, come out of his location. Rocky and Andrew reflect on what it was like to be lead at a young age by their previous operator, Jack. Andrew discusses with Rocky the impact Truett Cathy had on his life.
Oct 07, 2020 44 min

Talent, Culture, Character and Chemistry with Dee Ann Turner

In this episode we've invited Dee Ann Turner, one of our favorite guests, back on the show for the one year anniversary of her book: Bet On Talent. We discuss the evolving culture of Chick-fil-A as a corporation and the importance of culture in any organization. Dee Ann touches on the difference between simply hiring people and hiring talent. We also talk about the importance of future team members having character and chemistry with your team. You can pre-order Dee Ann's new book, Crush Your Career, which is scheduled to be released in March 2021.
Sep 30, 2020 41 min

The Journey to Leadership with Victor Sanchez - Part 2 of 2

In this episode Rocky talks with one of his favorite Chick-fil-A Consultants, Victor Sanchez. Victor was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He has a Bachelors degree in Purchasing Management and Masters in Marketing. Victor has worked for The Coca-Cola Company for almost 21 years in multiple roles within Supply Chain and Marketing. He is now going into his 6th year as a Business Consultant at the Chick-fil-A corporate office. Victor tells his leadership story and the critical lessons he has learned along the way. Rocky and Victor review their experiences with different leaders through out their careers and how they impacted them both positively and negatively as well as how they have applied these experiences towards their own leadership styles.
Sep 23, 2020 28 min

The Journey to Leadership with Victor Sanchez - Part 1 of 2

In this episode Rocky talks with one of his favorite Chick-fil-A Consultants, Victor Sanchez. Victor was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He has a Bachelors degree in Purchasing Management and Masters in Marketing. Victor has worked for The Coca-Cola Company for almost 21 years in multiple roles within Supply Chain and Marketing. He is now going into his 6th year as a Business Consultant at the Chick-fil-A corporate office. Victor tells his leadership story and the critical lessons he has learned along the way. Rocky and Victor review their experiences with different leaders through out their careers and how they impacted them both positively and negatively as well as how they have applied these experiences towards their own leadership styles.
Sep 16, 2020 36 min

Get Your Ship Together with Captain Mike Abrashoff - Part 2 of 2

In this two part episode we talk with Captain Michael Abrashoff on how he did the unthinkable and turned his ship around. As the new Commander of the USS Benfold, the challenges he faced were staggering, with low morale and the highest turnover rate in the Navy. Few thought the ship could improve. Yet 12 months later it was ranked #1 in performance -- using the same crew. Rocky and Mike discuss how to create a positive work environment with your team, especially when entering conditions where a negative precedent has been set. We learn how Mike quickly gained the trust of his crew members through servant leadership.
Sep 09, 2020 24 min

Get Your Ship Together with Captain Mike Abrashoff - Part 1 of 2

In this two part episode we talk with Captain Michael Abrashoff on how he did the unthinkable and turned his ship around. As the new Commander of the USS Benfold, the challenges he faced were staggering, with low morale and the highest turnover rate in the Navy. Few thought the ship could improve. Yet 12 months later it was ranked #1 in performance -- using the same crew. Rocky and Mike discuss how to create a positive work environment with your team, especially when entering conditions where a negative precedent has been set. We learn how Mike quickly gained the trust of his crew members through servant leadership.
Sep 02, 2020 44 min

The 10 Commandments of Leadership - Part 2 of 2

This is the second half of "The 10 Commandments of Leadership" episode featuring our host Rocky Destefano and a new addition to the team: Gabby Seeley. Gabby is a new business owner offering social media management, graphic design, photography and more...
Aug 26, 2020 27 min

How To Cultivate Leaders Instead of Followers - Part 3 of 3

In this episode Rocky takes a trip down memory lane with four of his former employees, all of whom have gone on to serve as leaders within the Chick-fil-A Corporation. We are accompanied by Tim Douglass (Chick-fil-A Operator / Russellville, AR), Rob...
Aug 19, 2020 32 min

How to Cultivate Leaders Instead of Followers - Part 2 of 3

In this episode Rocky takes a trip down memory lane with four of his former employees, all of whom have gone on to serve as leaders within the Chick-fil-A Corporation. We are accompanied by Tim Douglass (Chick-fil-A Operator / Russellville, AR), Rob...