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With Much Power Comes Much Responsibility

In this short chapter Greenleaf shares his speech given at a leadership conference. He remarks that one of the delegates regarded the United States as arrogant due to their wealth and political power. Greenleaf takes the opportunity not to defend… Continue Reading →

5 Methods of Cultivating Responsibility

This chapter is drawn from Greenleaf’s convocation address to the University of Redlands in 1966 and addresses his 5 methods of cultivating responsibility within bureaucracies. “Responsibility is a hard thing to talk about” I would also add that it is… Continue Reading →

Build a Life like a Work of Art

Let them remember that there is a meaning beyond absurdity. Let them be sure that every little deed counts, that every word has power, and that we can – everyone – do our share to redeem the world in spite… Continue Reading →

Servant Leadership in Churches

Servant Leadership in Churches Of all the chapters that I have read this one comes close to home. I not only teach trades but I also attend and volunteer at a church. I have, in fact, been attending and volunteering… Continue Reading →

Servant Leadership in Foundations

Servant Leadership in Foundations In this short but important chapter Greenleaf describes the ‘what and how’ of serving others through the office of an operating foundation. Greenleaf defines a foundations as: a group of trustees who manage a pool of… Continue Reading →

Examining Our Assumptions

In this chapter, Greenleaf speaks about the role of the servant in education and how we might begin or continue examining our assumptions. Although it’s a great topic for the chapter I was left wondering about the scope. I resonated… Continue Reading →

In Virtute Mediocres – Excellence over Mediocrity

First let me say that I have tremendous respect for those who lead successful business and treat their employees so well that they don’t want to leave. Even if they are offered more money! Exchanging mediocrity for excellence is difficult in any… Continue Reading →

The New Trustee

In this week’s chapter, I read Greenleaf’s essays on what it means to be a trustee. I feel he did a great job in outlining the roles and responsibilities of a trustee both in the current conceptual model and the… Continue Reading →

Book Review – Extreme Ownership

I know, there seems to be a lot of book reviewing going on around here! I did promise that once I finished this book I would offer my review. If you like it, please feel free to pass it on… Continue Reading →

A Revolution of Expectations

Sometimes I read a book or a chapter and find that there is truly nothing new under the sun. Although this chapter suited the previous statement, there were some statements that would encourage a revolution of expectations. This chapter is… Continue Reading →

Create Dangerously

To create dangerously one must be willing to venture into the darkness. I wrote about being creative some time ago and if you want you can read those posts here. Yet Greenleaf highlights the need for creating dangerously clearly and… Continue Reading →

Weekly Book Review -Servant Leadership

Introduction to the Series – Servant Leadership I wanted to start a new series on servant leadership and I thought what better way to do a series than to actually go through the book on Servant Leadership (SL) written by Robert… Continue Reading →

Book Review – Execution: the discipline of getting things done

Want to more about how to elevate with excellence the execution of your plans? In this short review, I’ll give you my thoughts about Bossidy and Charan’s book, Execution: the discipline of getting things done. I also wrote a blog… Continue Reading →

Book Review – Tribal Leadership

Why did I buy Tribal Leadership? I bought Tribal Leadership (TL) because of the secondary title. “Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization”. This really caught my eye because of a couple of reasons;   I am finding that… Continue Reading →

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