Small-Town Values that Power a Multi-Billion Dollar Company
You likely have heard of Dollar General. It’s a retail powerhouse generating over $20B in revenue from its more than 14,000 stores.
Though he would never take an ounce of credit, Cal Turner, Jr. was the driving force behind the massive growth and success of the retailing giant. The leadership transition from his father, and later to non-family leadership, is told brilliantly in My Father’s Business: The Small-Town Values that Built Dollar General into a Billion-Dollar Company. Cal Turner’s new book is a mix of autobiography and business advice.
Even if you don’t run a business, you will find the book a compelling read. It is full of life lessons that will encourage and challenge you.
Having lived in Nashville for a number of years, I can vouch for the fact that the Turner family is well-known for their philanthropic work and for living out their servant leadership values. I’m not going to pretend that I’m not a raving fan of his philosophy, his giving, and his leadership. I have been for years. So, it was a great honor for me to talk with Cal Turner, Jr. about his family, his business, and about his leadership.
I hope you enjoy our conversation which spanned all of these topics. His book is proudly within grasp on my bookshelf.
“A leader inspires someone to go for his or her best.” -Cal Turner, Jr.
“A leader is one who helps others to want to dig deeper into themselves and to be part of a success that’s bigger than they are.” -Cal Turner, Jr.
“Our mission is not to make money and I don’t believe the CEO who describes his mission as making money is fully worthy of his responsibility.” -Cal Turner, Jr.
“Leadership exists when an organization overcomes having a boss or a boss mentality. A boss only gets results; a leader gets development.” -Cal Turner, Jr.
“People will forgive you for anything before they’ll forgive you for being successful.” -Cal Turner, Sr.
For more information, see My Father’s Business: The Small-Town Values that Built Dollar General into a Billion-Dollar Company.