Market Basket and the Price of Vengeance

Arthur T. DeMoulas is a servant leader. We know this by the thousands of employees, customers and other stakeholders protesting his dismissal from the role of company president at Market Basket. However, according to most accounts, cousin Arthur S. DeMoulas and his side of the family seek vengeance against Arthur T. DeMoulas, for the perceived sins of his father. In fact, Arthur S. and his team refuse to accept an offer to buy him out, even though the ongoing boycotts cost them $10 Million / day.

So what does this vengeance cost? $10 Million sure sounds like a lot of money. But, let’s look at it from another angle. The boycott has continued for at least 15 days now. That means an estimated $150 Million has been lost so far. Here’s where $150 Million could have gone.

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$250,000 Could be provided to each of the approximately 600 employees at risk of losing their job at Market Basket.

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38,265 Homes could be outfitted with everything from nails and shingles to siding and flooring through Habitat For Humanity. Donate now.

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32,895 Children could be sponsored for 10 years through Compassion International. Sponsor a child now.

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30,000 Teachers could be recruited and trained by Teach For America. Sponsor a teacher now.

It seems Arthur S. DeMoulas and his family are not interested in these alternative uses of their money. Still, one must wonder, how much is their vengeance worth?

Question: What other differences do you see between the servant leadership of Arthur T. and the vengeance of Arthur S.?


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Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder and principal of Modern Servant Leader and Radiant Forest, LLC. He has studied and promoted servant leadership awareness and adoption for over 20 years. He is the author of 2 leadership books and has 2 decades of corporate management and leadership experience. His corporate experience spans CIO, VP, Director, and many management roles at Fortune 500, INC 500, and Nonprofits. Ben’s education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Ben's Full Profile Here: About Ben Lichtenwalner

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