Leadership Lessons from the Fields of Firebaugh Pt 2 by Benny Bajoyo

As we entered Bakersfield, the bus driver announced we were making an unscheduled stop due to mechanical issues. Greyhound was going to have to send another bus to deliver us to our final destination. Of course, this didn’t sit well with any of the passengers, but Chris, Andrea and I were too exhausted to protest. We just wanted to get back to our campus — even if it was on a back of a donkey.

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Podcast: Living Your Values at your Organization

In this episode we talk about the importance of Living Your Values as an individual and as a successful, servant led organization.  We give examples of the importance of developing a set a values in an organization and why those values should be in alignment with employee values.  Values are an essential building block for an organization, and can be used to inspire and motivate individuals. So take you r values off the wall and put them into action.  We hope you enjoy this episode!

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Swing from Fear to Gratitude by Robin Swift

I fell in love with golf in my early 30s. It was love at first sight. I started out “worm burning” my way through the course; that’s a term used to describe a ball that hardy makes it off the ground and skims across the grass. But I believed I could be a better golfer, so I poured myself into the game. I took lessons from great teachers; I practiced, practiced, practiced, and played as much golf as possible while working full time; and I read every golf book I could get my hands on.

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2018 Servant Leadership Conference: 90 Day Plan Workshop Re-cap

Curious about the content we present at our annual conference? Take a look at the interactive workshop we ended our conference with last year. SLI founder and CEO Art Barter goes through a "90 day plan" model designed to help attendees successfully implement servant leadership back at their workplace.

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Diversity and Unity in Teams: 4 Ways to Have Both by Don Janssen, DVM

As a young veterinary manager at the San Diego Zoo, I had an opportunity to rebuild a department from the ground up. In my youthful exuberance, I thought I knew what I needed to do. So, I hired the best and the brightest professionals I could find. I wanted people with diverse talents. But I also knew many who were the best technically did not have the skills to build trusting relationships with people.

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A Conversation with Vicki Floyd Clark

This week, we offer you a glimpse of Vicki Floyd Clark, who will be joining us at the Servant Leader Conference 2019 and speaking with her own brand of wisdom, warmth, and humor. Vicki is a servant leader who speaks across the country, looking to influence leaders to serve and teaching them how to increase the capacity of their organizations. She is an example of one person making an impact. After viewing this clip, I was struck by a couple things:

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Back to School — Are You Able?

It happens every August or September — the morning rush of parents and kids returning to the school routine. It’s a frantic dance for many, culminating with a drop off at school or daycare or the mad dash for a parking spot at one of our local colleges and universities. Even those whose children are grown can feel it as the traffic takes on a whole new dimension. But for those who are parents, it makes you wonder — am I able? Can I do all this day after day, week after week, year after year. The answer is a resounding “yes!” if you take the time to equip yourself, inspire yourself and brace yourself — because the road can be bumpy.

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Think Bite-sized

Have you ever daydreamed about something you might want to achieve, change or have in your life? Notice how often your mind will click through what it will take to achieve your desired goal, and then that little annoying voice in your head kicks in and asserts, “it’s too much to do — just never mind.” Are you the type of person who starts out like gangbusters charging toward your goal by gathering various planning gizmos, advice, inspirational quotes, and tools to get started, and then feels completely overwhelmed by all the ways to move forward? Inevitably, you hear that negative voice — “just never mind.”

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Four Steps to Develop a Culture of Personal Accountability

Our hospital manager knocked on my open office door. I looked up as she entered for our weekly meeting. Of all my activities and responsibilities overseeing the health of the animals at San Diego Zoo Global, few were more enjoyable and valuable than my one-on-one meetings with my managers. Each week, I would discover something of crucial importance. Our managers took to heart their huge job responsibilities; as a result, doing my job was much less demanding than it could have been.

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An Overview of The Nine Behaviors of a Servant Leader with Carol Malinski & Robin Swift

In this Episode, Carol Malinski, Director of Content and Curriculum for SLI goes through the 9 behaviors of a servant leader along with Robin Swift, President of SLI.  They define and elaborate each behavior with clarifying details outlining ways to integrate these behaviors into your daily life both at work and at home. We hope you enjoy this episode.  

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The Return is in the Turns

I heard something great the other day from cultural thought leader Erwin McManus that really resonated with me in relation to life and business: “the return is in the turns.” As we navigate through our lives at work and home, we have a vision — a path or a direction we expect things to go. But this statement challenged me to reflect and realize that many growth opportunities and the beauty of life come as that vision of a straight line is hit with bends and turns, causing us to navigate the changes.

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SLI Podcast: Upside-Down Leadership with Don Janssen

In this episode we enjoyed having Don Janssen back in the studio. Don is the retired corporate director of animal health for the world renowned San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park. Don led a team of veterinarians, nutritionists, technicians and hospital keepers seeing to the health of more than 7,000 animals. Don is a passionate servant leader and also the author of a brand new book called Upside Down Leadership.

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Words To Avoid If You Are A People-Focused Leader

I began my career as a power leader. I was trained in the corporate world to only care about short-term quarterly results, revenues and profits. For the first 20 years of my career, I found limited satisfaction in leading others. Thankfully, I’ve gone through a transformation in my leadership style and today I consider myself a servant leader. I’ve been transformed by my experiences and by people who helped me realize I should care about others above myself. As a servant leader, I care more about people than results. 

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Open Your Eyes

Open your eyes. For the past couple months, I’ve had that sentence — or should I say “command” — enter my thoughts. Open your eyes! For some reason, I’m being asked to turn my attention to the more basic components of life. Not my cell phone or the internet and its wonders. My thoughts are reminding me of the blue of the sky, the contrast of the green hills that make up the skyline where I walk my dogs or the funny looks babies can manufacture with their little faces.

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Workshop Spotlight: Results-Driven Servant Leadership

One of the huge misconceptions about servant leadership is that practitioners are laser focused on being “nice,” creating workplaces where correction is frowned upon and goals and positive results are an afterthought. Nothing could be further from the truth. Results are important at servant-led companies — but the difference is how they are achieved.

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SLI Webinar Invite: Mentoring Moments with Art Barter

Our next complimentary webinar is called Mentoring Moments with Art Barter. Art will provide a short lesson on servant leadership implementation, answer your questions on leadership topics such as how to confront as a servant leader and share real-life examples of problem-solving as a servant leader. Make plans to join us on Thursday, July 26 at 11 a.m. PST.  

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