Monthly Archives: September 2014

A GUIDE FOR SERVANTS. . .

Today, gentle reader, I offer you a poem that emerged into my consciousness on 15 April, 2009. I was guiding a servant-leader learning session with some folks in Singapore. It was late afternoon of the second day, we were in … Continue reading

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GREENLEAF: ‘MY POSITION. . .’

In 1980 Greenleaf wrote: My position is: if we are to move toward a more caring, serving society than we now have, competition must be muted. . . I believe that serving and competing are antithetical; the stronger the urge … Continue reading

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DEEP CURRENTS. . .WAVES. . .PART VII

Two more of Greenleaf’s ‘Deep Currents’ that go ‘hand in glove’ are ‘Humility’ and ‘Continuous Regeneration.’ One of my mother’s favorite phrases, the one she would offer up when one of us became ‘too full of ourselves’ was: ‘Be Humble!’ … Continue reading

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DEEP CURRENTS. . .WAVES. . .PART VI

For more than forty years the idea of a personal, relational, and organizational ‘Vision’ has been in vogue. Yet, few individuals, relationships, and organizations have emerged a vision and for those who have espoused a vision, even fewer have actually … Continue reading

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DEEP CURRENTS. . .WAVES. . .PART V

Greenleaf was a self-proclaimed ‘gradualist’ – he did spend close to 40 years influencing folks at AT&T. Gradualism continues to be counter to our culture in the United States. In 1980, Greenleaf wrote: We know how to mature the servant … Continue reading

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DEEP CURRENTS. . .WAVES. . .PART IV

A recurring question I continue to receive is ‘What is a servant?’ This is a crucial question, for a deep current for Greenleaf was/is his ‘servant theme’ – his primary theme (as a reminder, ‘leader’ was not his primary theme, … Continue reading

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DEEP CURRENTS. . .WAVES. . .PART III

There is a high profile, private faith-based high school in our area; they will soon be celebrating their hundred year anniversary. Their fall semester began about three weeks ago and within these few weeks two students have committed suicide. A … Continue reading

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