“The great leader is seen as a servant first” Robert Greenleaf 1970
In the week after the UK’s May Day public holiday, along with my colleagues Doctors Steve Glowinkowski and Henry Ratter, I spoke at the BakerFish (see www.bakerfish.com) organised conference on servant-leadership. Our combined aim was to bring a practical contribution to the event. Together we outlined how Glowinkowski International’s (GIL) diagnostic methodologies can assess the quality of servant-leadership in organisations as well as explaining how this can be developed.
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Anyone can identify the talent that shouts, we want to find the talent that whispers too.
One of the greatest things about working in learning is the boundless
curiosity of those around you; unfortunately it can also be one of the worst
things about our profession too. We are, far too often, enamoured with the
latest shiny thing and, as such, open to the accusation that we’re “fluffy”
rather than commercial.
Yet our role in business is simple: to make it better. Our
job is to improve the quality of our people and make the organisation better at
what it does. As Sergei would say “simples”…
So why do we often get it so wrong?
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My personal experience has taught me that if I haven’t received from life what I think I deserve, it is most likely because I need to do a better job at earning it.
I was resting before my next fight during my latest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament when a mother of one of the kids, who was competing in the children’s competition, approached me, looking quite desperate, looking for feedback she told me that she needed my help. Her son had just lost his first fight against a more skillful kid and she insisted on showing me the video of her son’s fight to see if I could give her tips on how to improve his technique. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a sport that does not believe in talent. One improves by training constantly. There is no secret formula for overnight improvement, just like life. I looked at her and noticed that she was very concerned and recommended that she should have a talk with her son’s coach to understand the process and let him take care of his progress. She replied, “I want to help him but I do not know how”. I am also a father and completely understood her position. We do not want our kids to go through unnecessary hardship.
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