The W.C. Bradley Co. Values were established by company founder W.C. Bradley himself, expressed in the simple, direct motto, “a man’s word is his bond.” He focused on adhering to the highest standards of integrity and being a good steward of all that had been entrusted to him, his family and the company.
“The W.C. Bradley Co. Values define how we work as individuals and as a unified company; they reflect our history, and show us the way to move forward in the right direction,” said Marc Olivié, President and Chief Executive Officer, W.C. Bradley Co. “The Values of the W.C. Bradley Co. have guided the company through both good times and bad times. These Values are basic and fundamental, but they are also dynamic and enduring.”
Innovation – We value creativity and learning from diverse perspectives.
Caring – We are Servant Leaders to our people, our communities and our environment.
Excellence – We strive to exceed internal and external customer and consumer expectations.
Accountability – We are active stewards of all the resources entrusted to us.
Integrity – We continue our heritage of courageously doing the right thing.
Winning spirit – We are determined to grow our business profitably and to be leaders in all our markets.
While the Values are the foundation of the W.C. Bradley Co., its Cultural Beliefs are timely and must change with the times. The company’s Cultural Beliefs pave the way for future growth and focus on empowering all team members to take accountability for helping the company meet its objectives. With this focus on accountability, all team members help “Make It Happen” and individual and company goals are achieved.
One of the Values of the W.C. Bradley Co. is to be guided by the tenets of Servant Leadership. This leadership concept is personally explained in The Learning of Love – A Journey Toward Servant Leadership, by William “Bill” Turner, former Chairman and CEO of the W.C. Bradley Co. This book chronicles the journey that led him to embrace Servant Leadership. His Christian commitment, along with the models of leadership that he learned from his parents, D.A. and Elizabeth Turner, and his grandfather, W.C. Bradley, have been the values that have guided his life and which he explains in his memoir.
“Leadership is an opportunity for service, not an opportunity for power .... And it must reach outside the organization in many ways to create a caring community and ultimately to build a better world,” states Turner in the book.
Bill Turner found that Servant Leadership was the path to personal fulfillment and the key to unleashing people’s caring and creativity in the workplace. He is renowned as a community leader and in both the manufacturing and financial services arenas. When he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the W.C. Bradley Co., he helped build Char-Broil into a leading marketer of outdoor grills. As Chairman of the Executive Committee of Synovus, he helped lead the company to become a multi-billion-dollar financial services company.
The Learning of Love – A Journey Toward Servant Leadership was written with Delane Chappell and published by Smyth & Helwys Publishing and unveiled at a gathering of friends and family at the W.C. Bradley Co. on December 14, 1999. To order a copy, contact Smyth & Helwys. Royalties from the book benefit the Pastoral Institute, an organization which is an excellent example of Servant Leadership at work. The Pastoral Institute, based in Columbus, Georgia, is a nonprofit, faith-based, non-denominational counseling, consultation and educational center which serves individuals, families, businesses, and communities.
The scope of this book’s message was further expanded in December 2007 when The Learning of Love – A Journey Toward Servant Leadership was translated into Mandarin Chinese and distributed in China, and in 2015 when it was translated into Russian and distributed in Russia. Today, this book is required reading for Servant Leadership students at several colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and at Beijing University in China.
Columbus Named First “Servant Leadership City” in the Nation
Over the past years, a number of Columbus, Georgia, companies and organizations have embraced the principles of Servant Leadership. On June 16, 2010, the Greenleaf Center named Columbus a “Servant Leadership City.” It was the first city in the country to receive this distinction. The Greenleaf Center is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Its vision is that Servant Leadership will be “embraced as a guiding principle, thus building a more just, caring, and sustainable world with hope and prosperity for future generations.”