Jimmy Collins


Jimmy Collins

Born in an unpainted share-cropper house in the middle of cotton fields, Jimmy Collins dreamed of becoming an executive. His story of the pathway he discovered for the realization of that dream is told in his book, In the Shadow of Greatness. He named that pathway Creative Followership. Jimmy is certain that anyone can use his Creative Followership Principles for their own journey to success and satisfaction.

From his first job of delivering groceries on a bicycle at 12 years old, to establishing his own business as a commercial kitchen design consultant, to his 32 year career with Chick-fil-A, Inc., he learned and applied the principles that you also can learn.

Jimmy retired from Chick-fil-A, Inc. as president, Chief Operating Officer. He describes his role there as the chief follower of the founder, S. Truett Cathy. In year 2000, Jimmy received the prestigious Silver Plate Award as Chain Fast Service Operator of the Year.

He is the founder of Creative Followership L.L.C., and an author.


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  1. Congratulations on your book, Creative Followers, I am reading it right now.
    I just ordered 4 more copies to share with coworkers!
    Enjoyed your website with daily quotes also! Gail McCullough

    • Gail, I am glad you liked the book!

      My primary audience is young people beginning their careers and older people seeking more responsibility and a better direction for their careers. Obviously, you recognized that even before you finished reading the entire book. I am confident that workplaces are going to be improved when workers apply the Principles of Creative Followership.


    • Thanks! It’s not where we start, stumble or pause along the way, it’s getting where we intend to go that counts.

  2. I have had the pleasure of hearing you speak and to meet you at a recent event held at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Your speech gave me many positive things to consider in regard to my own life as it pertains to not only my career specifically, but servant-hood in general. Your stories drove home every point and made them all the more memorable. I am enjoying the reading of your book and thank you for sharing your many nuggets of wisdom.

    • Thanks for your encouragement, Elijah! It was a pleasure being with you folks at Palm Beach Atlantic.

  3. wow! Mr. Jimmy Collins – I am impressed and honored to friend you on Facebook. My dad was born the son of a sharecropper who soon died while cutting down a tree. His mom had 5 children at the time and became a servant on that land. A hard life for all. So amazed with your story – God was truly with you. I am getting your book ASAP!

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