Posts tagged Don Janssen
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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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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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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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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