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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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An Overview of The Nine Behaviors

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.

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Navigating Change

One thing we all have learned is that change is constant. How we navigate change can determine the type of leader we are. Navigating change has been a topic that my husband David and I have focused on for the last year as we have recently merged our careers to join together in running the family construction management business established by his father over 30 years ago. To many this sounds crazy to live and work together, but for us this was a calling. 

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How to be an Adaptable Leader

Our newest complimentary webinar "How to be an Adaptable Servant Leader". Art Barter, SLI founder and CEO, will discuss challenges leaders face and how you can meet them as a servant leader.  In any leadership role, you need to know how to "bob and weave" through difficult situations. Art talks about the importance of staying honest with your people about what is happening with the organization all the while trying to never let them see you sweat. Enjoy!

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The Power of Story with Carol Malinski

In This episode, Carol Malinski and Bryan Malinski walk you through the SLI implementation Guide: The Power of Story, How to Promote a Culture of Servant Leadership through Storytelling.  They discuss the importance of telling stories within your organization and how story can help building identity, illustrate values, and inspire people within your organization.

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