Monthly Archives: December 2018

LISTEN AND LISTEN FIRST, PART V. . .

Follow your own passion, not your parents. –Robert Ballard Good morning Gentle Reader.  This will be my final posting for this topic; On the other hand, I am sure that at some point I will continue to explore this crucial … Continue reading

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LISTEN AND LISTEN FIRST, PART IV. . .

The most important thing is hearing what isn’t said. –Peter Drucker Good morning Gentle Reader. Greenleaf was clear.  It is crucial for the Servant – Leader or Follower – to develop the discipline of listening and of listening first.  The … Continue reading

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LISTEN AND LISTEN FIRST, PART III. . .

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force.  When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. –Karl A. Menniger Good morning Gentle Reader. In 1990 I was having a conversation with three folks … Continue reading

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LISTEN AND LISTEN FIRST, PART II. . .

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. –B. H. McGill Gentle Reader, I invite you right now to stop, step-back and reflect: Think of a time when you were truly, … Continue reading

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LISTEN AND LISTEN FIRST, PART I. . .

Why is there so little listening? –R.K. Greenleaf Listen, first, in order to understand. –R.K. Greenleaf Greenleaf was clear.  The Servant chooses to listen and to listen, first.  He begins his reflection on listening with a question: Why is there … Continue reading

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SERVANT-‘BEST TEST’ REVISITED, PART VIII. . .

The servant-leader may not be so much the prophetic visionary (that is a rare gift) as the convener, sustainer, discerning guide for seekers who wish to remain open to prophetic voices. –Robert K. Greenleaf This morning, Gentle Reader, we will … Continue reading

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SERVANT-‘BEST TEST’ REVISITED, PART VII. . .

[An Outcome is] to bring people who are earnestly searching closer together and by their collective insights increase everyone’s understanding. –Robert K. Greenleaf As a reminder, here is Greenleaf’s 1980 iteration of his ‘Best Test’ for the ‘Servant’: Do those … Continue reading

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