Monthly Archives: December 2013

HUMAN NATURE, ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT, PART III. . .

The third set of assumptions that seemed to have influenced Greenleaf’s thinking and writing began to make an impact in the 1950s and, like the previous two sets of assumptions, it is still embraced by folks today.  This third set … Continue reading

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HUMAN NATURE, ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT, PART II. . .

In addition to the ‘Rational-Economics’ Assumptions about human nature there are the II. SOCIAL ASSUMPTIONS:  It appears as if the modern genesis for these assumptions emerged as a by-product of the Hawthorne Studies done in the 1920s.  These assumptions still … Continue reading

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HUMAN NATURE, ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT, PART I. . .

As I mentioned in my 23December, 2013 entry, there are at least three major assumptions about human nature that might well have influenced Greenleaf during his time at AT&T and thus might well have influenced his writing on the ‘servant-theme’ … Continue reading

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HUMAN NATURE. . .

When it came to understanding human nature, Greenleaf lived and worked during times of great changes.  From the 1930s through the 1960s three powerful assumptions about human nature were framed and these greatly influenced how designated leaders led and how … Continue reading

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CHOOSING TO BE. . .

Choosing to be a ‘servant, first’ is a challenge not to be taken lightly.  Responding to the call to be a servant-as-leader is even more daunting.  Greenleaf’s ‘requirements’ for both always cause me to pause.  I often wonder how many … Continue reading

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MORE CONSIDERATIONS, PART II. . .

As I wrote in my last entry, recently I uncovered some ‘Considerations’ that I had noted in November, 2005.  Today I offer more of those ‘Considerations.’ I wrote: Today, more than ever, in almost any organized group of two or … Continue reading

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MORE CONSIDERATIONS, PART I. . .

Recently I ‘uncovered’ [literally, I might add] some ‘Considerations’ that I made note of in November, 2005.  Today, I offer a few of these for your consideration.  I wrote: Leadership, a ‘traditional’ definition: ‘leadership is identified with solving problems and … Continue reading

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