For Christians, Easter is the holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But for Christians and non-Christians alike, Easter is the time of year when Peeps® appear in stores. Peeps® are the line of marshmallow candies that seem to multiply with each passing week, eventually appearing in Easter baskets.
Leaders and Peeps:
1. Stand the test of time.
Peeps were already in production when candy manufacturer Just Born purchased them from the Rodda Candy Company in 1953. In the decades since, peeps have continued to be popular.
Leaders do not follow fads. Good leadership is enduring.
2. Have a following.
Over 5.5 million peeps are made every day. In one year, the company makes enough peeps to circle the earth twice! Peeps have fans all over the globe.
Leaders have followers. That’s why we call them leaders! Leaders learn to produce day in and day out, constantly delivering results.
3. Improve with time.
Originally, Peeps were manufactured by hand when someone squeezed the mixture. What once took almost 27 hours now takes less than six minutes.
Leaders consistently look for ways to improve. Leaders drive for efficiency and excellence.
4. Are resilient.
Peeps are so resilient that two Emory researchers studied them, subjecting them to various experiments including water, sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide. Peeps are almost indestructible.
5. Follow success principles.
Peeps use the same basic recipe of sugar, corn syrup, gelatin and vanilla extract year after year.
Leaders follow enduring and unchanging principles.
6. Are innovative.
Peeps are now available in various colors, shapes, and even dipped in chocolate.
Leaders strive to continually innovate the world around them, looking for new opportunities to appeal to a new audience.
7. Are humble.
Peeps are not the best-selling candy manufactured by Just Born. Sales of another beloved confection, Mike and Ike’s outsell the Peep.
Leaders do not define success by the competition. Leaders are not intimidated by another’s success. Leaders strive to be the best they can be.