Last year, Nation's Restaurant News awarded five leading executives with the annual Golden Chain award, representing outstanding leadership and brand stewardship. Each honoree was interviewed by a former Golden Chain winner in a top-to-top discussion covering strategies for success, brand victories and challenges and how best to motivate teams.

In this exclusive audio clip, Kelly C. Baltes, chairman and chief executive of Cheddar’s Casual Café is interviewed by Philip J. Hickey Jr., the current chairman of the National Restaurant Association and winner of the 2005 Golden Chain award when leading Rare Hospitality International Inc. NRN editor-in-chief Sarah Lockyer facilitated the interviews.

Condensed versions of these interviews were published last year. NRN is now making the full interviews available in audio format in an exclusive series, Lessons in Leadership, available on NRN.com and podcasting platform SoundCloud.

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