Servant Leadership Observer – October 2010

Last month was a busy one in servant leadership circles! Servant Leadership Healthcare conference, Local models of servant leadership recognized and a ton of great new blog posts covered.

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Last month was a busy one in servant leadership circles! The most exciting upcoming event must be the Servant Leadership Healthcare conference in Milwaukee. Local models of servant leadership were also recognized in the news and there were a ton of great new blog posts on servant leadership. As this is only the second month of the Servant Leadership Observer, I encourage you to provide any feedback in the comments – especially suggestions for improvement. Continue serving.

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Upcoming and recently announced servant leadership events: Leading with a Servant’s Heart Healthcare Conference:
The Greeleaf Center for Servant Leadership, ThirdRiver Partners and the Cleveland Clinic are hosting the first healthcare-focused servant leadership conference October 26 – 27, 2010 at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Servant Leadersip Training
Agile Transformation, Inc. is now offering a 2 day course on Servant Leadership. Specializing in the IT Industry, the next offering from this provider is March 24/25.


Newsworthy events about, or related to, servant leadership:

The Daily Courier (Arizona): The Move Toward Servant Leadership for a Humane Society
In The Daily Courier of Arizona, Ed Boks, the executive director of the Yavapai Humane Society, writes about the role servant leadership in the organization, their “no kill” policy and the challenging economic conditions.

Los Angeles Rotarians: Servant Leader of the Year Awarded
Mike Darnold, a business owner, community leader, humanitarian and an advisor to local youth, received Rotary District 5320’s Award for Leadership Excellence.

Blogs & Other Updates

Updates from Blogs and other sites: How to Become a Servant Leader
Author Josh Spiro wrote an introductory article on servant leadership in one of the leading periodicals for small and mid-sized businesses.

Crossing Marketing & IT: Servant Leadership What?
Elmer Boutin wrote a piece on servant leadership framed from his and associated military experiences.

NorthFork Center: Creating an Environment of Service
At the NorthFork Center for Servant Leadership’s site, in the Thursday guest post, Gwyn Teatro wrote about creating an environment of service. Servant Leadership for Entrepreneurs
Justine Simard from Sydney Australia, covered the basics of servant leadership with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.

QuickBase Blog: Thoughts from Colleen Barrett
Eva Ryker did an excellent summary of an often referenced video of Colleen Barrett speaking about Servant Leadership at Southwest Airlines. She’s also highlighted many of the great quotes from the video.

Agile Software: Scrum Master as Servant Leader
Arnaud “Boby” Seilles writes about the role of a Scrum Master, a particular role in Agile Software Development as a servant leader.

American Prudential Capital: A “Number 2” as Servant Leader
Brenda Standlee of American Prudential Capital wrote about the importance a second in command as a servant leader. Updates

Finally, below are last month’s posts from

Our Poor Quality Love Affair
When you buy a product for your employees to use, quality should be a chief concern – inclusive of safety. For example, what is the safety record of the manufacturer? Do they seem to have sacrificed quality for price and revenue?

Focus in Meetings & Put Down That Blackberry
The best leaders ensure the success of their team and their own careers, by being present in the moment. Below are some important reasons that great leaders, as servants in the organization, must ensure team meetings have their full focus.

Secretive Learning
Early in our careers we typically seek formal training and request feedback openly and frequently. Yet, later in our career, it seems we tend to cease these practices or at least, hide them.

Servant Leadership Observer – September 2010
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Labor Day for Leaders
A reminder of the origin and intent of the Labor Day holiday as well as a great poem by Edgar A. Guest for reflection and celebration.

I vs. We
Servant leaders let their stake holders and results speak for them while they speak of their stake holders.


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Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder and principal of Modern Servant Leader and Radiant Forest, LLC. He has studied and promoted servant leadership awareness and adoption for over 20 years. He is the author of 2 leadership books and has 2 decades of corporate management and leadership experience. His corporate experience spans CIO, VP, Director, and many management roles at Fortune 500, INC 500, and Nonprofits. Ben’s education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Ben's Full Profile Here: About Ben Lichtenwalner

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