A Journey of Purpose-Driven Success

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Indulging in the pleasure of chocolate without the guilt is a dream turned into reality by Glenn Gardone, the visionary behind the delicious and guilt-free brand, Red Chocolate. But this venture was more than just a business for Glenn; it was a deeply personal journey. Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, he embarked on a mission to create a no-sugar-added chocolate brand that would redefine the way people enjoyed this beloved treat. Today, we delve into Glenn's inspiring journey of bringing Red Chocolate to the US, just a few months before the world was hit by a pandemic. More than just a success story, Glenn's experience with Red Chocolate provides valuable insights into building a high-performance business and fostering a purpose-driven culture.

Join us as I share some of the highlights of Glenn’s episode on The Ways of Working Podcast

A Visionary Leader with a Track Record of Success

Glenn Gardone's impressive background as a Multiple Award-Winning Chief Revenue Officer speaks volumes about his ability to drive success and performance in organizations. With over 15 years of experience in building unified performance-based sales cultures and high-performing teams, Glenn has consistently achieved record-breaking growth and profit objectives for a wide range of organizations, from private equity-funded startups to industry-leading giants like Del Monte Foods, Inc., The Kellogg Company, and Pepsico, Inc.

Creating a Purpose-Driven Culture

The heart and soul of Red Chocolate lie in Glenn's purpose-driven approach. Passionate about making a positive impact, he built the brand with a clear mission to offer people a healthier and guilt-free chocolate experience. This purpose-driven culture permeates through every aspect of the organization, inspiring his team and partners to be part of something greater than just a business venture. Glenn's leadership demonstrates that when people believe in a shared purpose, they are more motivated, engaged, and driven to excel.

Building a Team of Passionate Performers

The success of any business lies in its people. Glenn Gardone knows this well and has carefully curated a team of passionate performers who align with Red Chocolate's purpose and vision. By attracting individuals who share his passion for healthier living and great chocolate, Glenn has built a cohesive and dedicated team that relentlessly pursues excellence. Investing in his team's development and providing a supportive infrastructure, Glenn has created an environment where everyone feels valued and empowered to contribute their best.

Cultivating a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Glenn's background in driving continuous improvement is evident in Red Chocolate's growth and success. By fostering a culture of continuous improvement, Glenn encourages his team to seek innovative solutions, adapt to changing market dynamics, and remain agile in the face of challenges. This culture ensures that Red Chocolate remains at the forefront of its industry and delivers an exceptional product and customer experience.

Resilience in Times of Uncertainty

Launching Red Chocolate in the US a few months before a global pandemic presented immense challenges. However, Glenn Gardone's resilience and determination prevailed. Instead of succumbing to adversity, he used this time to innovate and connect with customers in creative ways, solidifying Red Chocolate's position as a trusted and beloved brand. This resilience reflects Glenn's unwavering commitment to his purpose and vision, an attribute that has undoubtedly contributed to Red Chocolate's high-performance trajectory.


Glenn Gardone's journey with Red Chocolate is a testament to the power of purpose-driven leadership and high-performance business strategies. Through his unwavering commitment to creating a healthier and guilt-free chocolate experience, Glenn has not only built a successful business but also ignited a movement. His ability to inspire and lead a team of passionate performers, cultivate a culture of continuous improvement, and embrace resilience in the face of challenges sets a powerful example for businesses aspiring to achieve high performance.

As we savor the delicious taste of Red Chocolate, let us also savor the invaluable insights Glenn Gardone offers to all aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs. By embracing purpose-driven leadership and investing in passionate performers, you too can unleash high performance in your organization and leave a lasting impact on the world. Connect with Glenn and learn more about Red Chocolate to embark on your journey towards success and purpose-driven excellence. Together, we can create a world where indulgence meets healthier living, all with the help of Red Chocolate and Glenn Gardone's inspiring leadership.


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