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Organizational Behaviour

The Cult of Collaboration

Having worked on multitudes of teams, focusing on the topic of collaboration for my Master’s degree, and actively doing research on collaborative practices between educational institutions has garnered a ton of information and opened my eyes to what I have… 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 →

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 →

Does Change Management Really Work?

You would have be either living under a rock or on Mars with no Wi-Fi to claim any ignorance of world events over the last year. It seems several times a day news feeds are reporting on one failure or… Continue Reading →

5 Keys to Building Dysfunctional Teams

5 Keys to Building Dysfunctional Teams Satirical point of view – just in case there are any peeps out there who might mistake this post as an attempt to actually help build a successful team. Key #1 – Don’t Communicate… Continue Reading →

Making Teamwork Safe

Sometimes you just want to throw the towel. Not a “throwing in” the towel so much as just throwing the towel. It’s not about resignation. It’s more about frustration. A throwing it with power and purpose. I remember thinking to… Continue Reading →

Working in Teams

I love working in teams. Most likely it goes all the way back to my younger years when I played soccer and football.  The practices were awesome, I loved learning how to play my position and how I fit into… 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 →

Legacy Series pt II – 5 Crucial Concepts for Building a Legacy

Legacy Series pt II – Confidentiality and 5 Actions to Build and Protect It. In this Legacy Series pt II dealing with confidentiality, consider the following story about Jason. Jason has been working in his new role as program head… Continue Reading →

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