The Bridge to Growth

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How Servant Leaders Achieve Better Results and Why It Matters Now MoreThan Ever

About The Book

A recent study revealed that only 21 percent of workers feel engaged and truly committed to their company’s success and goals. They don’t know how their work connects to their company’s goals or understand how they can help achieve them. Leaders have failed to fully engage workers in the development and execution of their company’s mission and goals, and ultimately its journey toward success. Too often, employees are over-managed and under-led.

Jude Rake, a business leader with more than 35 years of experience leading high-performance teams, shows how servant leaders—those who serve employees by giving them what they need to fully engage and commit to achieving the company’s goals—use nine proven principles to succeed:

The Bridge to Growth

Amazon Reviews

Amazon Reviews




Grow leaders and difference makers, not just followers.


Build and orchestrate high-performance teams more powerful than the sum of their parts.


Focus the organization on strategic priorities, simplify operations, and accelerate progress.


Champion the people who purchase and use your products and services.


Cultivate a performance-based culture of innovation.


Communicate relentlessly.


See the world through the eyes of others.


Be the model you want emulated.


Coach people to achieve more than they thought possible.

The Bridge to Growth details how to use these principles to elevate workforce engagement, collaboration, innovation, and accountability to build a bridge from strategy to exceptional execution and results.

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Advance Praise

“One of the best books I've read on leadership. If you want to raise your game by bringing out the best in others, do yourself a favor and read this book.”

Marshall Goldsmith

New York Times Best-selling author of 35 books including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Triggers

“A rich how-to guide for both strategy and leadership.  Practical and inspiring where learning to master the “how “ is as important as the “what.”  Bravo! When Jude has been in leadership roles, the best and brightest flocked to his team for personal growth and career development. This book shows why. It's a must read for anyone seeking growth in any walk of life, especially emerging leaders.”

Patrick J. O'Brien

CEO of Paris Presents, and founding Chairman, Patina Solutions

“In The Bridge to Growth, Jude Rake takes apart and examines strategy through the lens of servant leadership.  His practical approach offers a clear eyed and accessible solution to first understanding and then overcoming a company’s obstacles to growth.  The leader’s responsibility to be self aware, empowering of others and accountable are not new concepts – but Jude’s treatment is a breath of fresh air that leaders can intuitively understand and quickly adopt to create positive and sustainable change in themselves, their teams and their firms.”

Anne K. Smart

Director of The Family Business Center at The Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago

“A terrific book that happily marries principle with practice, such that each essential leadership principle is brought to life with real-world success models so the reader can understand how it applies to his or her own company and work environment. Bravo!”

Steve Ross

Director of the Book Division at Abrams Artists Agency, Former President & Group Publisher at HarperCollins and Senior VP, Publisher at Random House

“A great book that combines the strategic rigor we needed to reimagine our business model with the operational expertise to help us execute ambitious new plans. Jude helped us apply just the right touch to get the most out of diverse stakeholders and teammates. In addition to improving our performance, we used his nine servant leadership principles to cultivate a higher level of trust in our organization.”

Tracy Tunney Ward

CEO at Miramar Services Inc.

“The most successful, sustaining family business leaders we know are committed to developing and refining a personal philosophy of leadership. Jude Rake’s book provides an excellent example of such. His decades of experience and reflection have formed a compelling model of leadership principles and purpose. His devotion to servant leadership is inspiring.”

John L. Ward

Co-director of The Center for Family Enterprises and Clinical Professor of Family Enterprises at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and co-founder of The Family Business Consulting Group

“I highly recommend this book because I have seen the principles detailed in action, and they work. During the time our family-owned company has worked with Jude, we have focused our organization on strategic priorities and improved collaboration, innovation, accountability and results.”

William Hallock

General Counsel and Board Director at Construction Specialties Inc.

“I had the pleasure of working with Jude on numerous businesses over the past three decades. He always displayed a level of thoughtful leadership, which is seldom seen in the frenetic business world. Jude is one of those rare individuals who has both a strong analytical mind and genuine people skills; and over the years he honed those skills to elevate his teams and brands. This book effectively captures the strategic rigor that Jude brought to every assignment…a rigor that has proven to build strong leaders, organizations and deliver results. The Bridge to Growth is on my recommended list.”

Mark Pacchini

CEO of rVue Media Technology, Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, and former President of FCB Advertising

“Jude and I worked together early in our careers but even then he was preternaturally wise, possessing awareness and perspective well beyond his age. His business achievements speak for themselves but what is astonishing to me is his ability to get to the heart of an issue quickly. This book distills many of the lessons he learned along the way in an easy-to digest package, and we are the beneficiaries.”

Steve Hill

President and CEO of Thermacell LLC

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