Leadership Books and Articles

Pre-Order: Words From My Heart…With Love

“For it is the pen that is laid to rest after a poem has been written…seeking a place to lay. However, it is the words written in ink, that etched themselves into our hearts and memories that will forever stay.”Cleophus P. Franklin Jr.

I am pleased to announce the release of my new poetry book, “Words From My Heart…With Love” available – January 2024! 

This collection of poems is dedicated to the poets who write bravely, and creatively about what others are thinking and unable to do. And to those who dreamed, loved, and lived passionately, regretfully, and yet…stayed true.

I am excited about this new book launch that is available for pre-order now for $15.99! 


New Book Is Here: Conversations With Cleo

Franklin’s fourth leadership book “Conversations with Cleo” is a wonderful collection of inspirational essays and wisdom-filled stories that continues from his first three books! Ever the master collaborator, Franklin once again provides the perfect morning cup of coffee companion: stories that provoke that “good” conversation to start your day.

Each story is masterfully positioned within the book to make the reader anxious to turn the pages for more. This book is unique because the stories include honest and intimate details of people and events that helped shape their professional and personal lives. So, take advantage of this opportunity to add another perfect read filled with profound storyteller’s journeys to your book collection.

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Order Your Copy Now: What Do You See When You Look At Me?

A child’s imagination is their superpower! Their curiosity goes well beyond what is seen and joyfully ventures into a world of what can be. If you don’t believe me, ask a child, and they will tell you. Pre-Order my new children’s book, “What Do You See When You Look At Me?” inspired by my son Michael J. Franklin, and learn about the wonderful magical world that our children curiously imagine all the things that they can be!

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Books Coffee with Cleo and Lessons from Our Mothers and Fathers

Get Your Copies Now! 30 Simple Lessons Learned From Decades of Experience and Successful Business Executives Across The Globe

“After reading Cleo’s first book, Coffee with Cleo, I was very excited to hear of his upcoming book! The first book was a powerful handbook (for life) that I’ll refer to over and over again. It was that good. Then after receiving the pre-publication Lessons from Our Mothers and Fathers, it was like a shared experience of wisdom through the eyes of many people! Even though his books are targeted to Business/Economics/Leadership, they both are filled with great information for anyone.”

— Jim Tillman, creative writer at Sioux City African-American History Publisher

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The Power of a “Beginner’s Mindset”

“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything and is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki

In my book, “Coffee With Cleo” and my new book coming soon, “Lessons Learned from our Mothers and Fathers”, I discuss the power of perspective, how it informs us, shapes our world view, and drives our decision making…as perspective is and always will be the difference-maker for success in our livelihoods and our lives. (Click here to read full article)

The Power of Patience

“A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.” – George Savile

It’s confession time, and I am ready to share a truth about me that some people may not be aware of. However, those who do know me well, may find this revelation as no big surprise of  what I am about to disclose to the world and many readers of this book. I have many admirable qualities (or at least I have been told); however, there is one area I have been challenged with, and the truth is, I struggle mightily with patience. (Click here to read full article)

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Conversations With Cleo Podcast

Are you looking for a straight-talk podcast filled with compelling discussion topics that forgo the $50 words…but deliver $million-dollar insights you can use?
How about a podcast that delivers good #storytelling by guests from across the globe who are making a difference and changing the game? Then look no further as we got one for you!
I am thrilled to announce my new podcast, “Conversations with Cleo,” is here! My podcast will mirror my new book’s powerful storytelling from interesting and ordinary people doing extraordinary things and more. So, stay tuned and start your day with, ‘Conversations with Cleo!”

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LinkedIn Leadership Article: Click here to read

Amazon (Coffee with Cleo) book reviews

Marketing Mix Podcast Dr. Scott Davis’ interview with Cleo

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Coffee with Cleo YouTube channel

RFD-TV Coffee with Cleo book interview

ESPN Sports Radio interview

Morningside College book review

RFD-TV Lessons from Our Mothers & Fathers book interview

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The Morningside College Franklin Leadership Foundation is a social non-profit platform that focuses on preparing students today to become the next generation of future leaders, by providing them the opportunity to engage with successful global business leaders to help them develop a career path with passion and purpose through mentorships, scholarships, internships, and, externships. The Foundation brings together multiple leadership & career development resources for students, businesses and nonprofit community entities through a dynamic and customized platform to engage, collaborate and partner with talent development, sharing and acquisition.


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Cleo Franklin
Founder, President & CEO