Power Under Control: A Panda’s Lesson in Humility

There it was, completely helpless except for its piercing cry. In 1999, Bai Yun, a seven-year-old giant panda, gave birth to the first panda cub born in the U.S. through artificial insemination. But would the cub survive? As I watched on the closed-circuit monitor with the keeper and a researcher that night, I wondered: How could a mother panda ever sleep and not roll over on her cub?

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Is Santa a Servant Leader?

Yesterday was our holiday party at Servant Leadership Institute. It was a wonderful time of enjoying holiday music, hearing people’s plans for the holidays, exchanging Secret Santa gifts and of course eating! Naturally, it got me thinking about dear old Santa Claus. Certainly Santa is a leader, influencing reindeer and all those elves. But is he a servant leader? Let’s examine the man as legend and you can decide.

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Jeff Foley: Real Life Leadership from the Heart

In this episode, we are talking with one of our featured speakers for the 2019 Servant Leader Conference. Jeff Foley the Founder, CEO and President of Loral Mountain Systems. Jeff coaches executives who want to grow by making positive, lasting change in behavior for themselves and the people they lead. Jeff is a retired Brigadier General in the US Army.

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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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90 Day Plan Session 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

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.

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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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