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July 25, 2014 — Leave a comment

Thank you, Reba.

By Jeff Harmon / July 22, 2014, at Lead Change Group:

In a recent video post, I shared the 5 word secret to servant leadership . . .

“It. Is. Not. About. Me!”

These five simple words are easy to add as a daily mantra or prayer to ground you in servant, other-oriented leadership; however, behind those five simple words is a fierce battle. It’s an unseen battle that is waged in the trenches of the everyday and mundane tasks of work and life. It’s a battle that happens in our marriages, our families, the grocery store, our volunteering and most definitely in our leadership. The battleground is our hearts. Servant leadership is a matter of the heart and our hearts are inherently selfish, self-interested and ask the question, “What about me?” I wish it was as simple as deciding to be a servant leader and not a self-serving one so the matter would be settled. The decision may become easier over time, but it’s a decision you have to make over and over and over and over again. The truth is that we come into this world with self-serving hearts. So the battle is waged daily, moment by moment, between our intention to be other-oriented in life and leadership and our nature to be self-serving.

John, manager of customer service, feels in a rush so he brushes over an idea an employee has about a customer compliant and tells her exactly what to do.

Sally, VP of technology, and her team just completed a massive implementation and she “forgets” to acknowledge her team in front of her peers as they praise her work.

Jack’s wife is a doer, always-in-motion person and he decides to sit back and read the paper because he doesn’t want to get in the way.

The choices that John, Sally and Jack made seem harmless and easily glossed over, but they each reveal the state of their hearts in that moment and if the battle being waged in their heart continues to be won by the self-serving nature, a compounding effect takes place that includes resentment, mistrust and “checking-out” by those being led.

There is no easy answer and the battle will continue throughout your life’s journey, but here is a formula to help fight and win the battle.

Self-Awareness + Intention + Action

1. Self-awareness – Be aware of the state of your heart and the fact that there is a battle being waged. Stop denying it and face the facts.

2. Intention – Make a clear, decisive choice to be a serving, other-oriented leader and person and reaffirm this throughout the day with the words, “It’s not about me.”

3. Action – Through study, mentorship and skill building, add servant leadership practices to your tool kit and put them to use.

 Continue reading at Lead Change Group.

Rest in Peace, Tony.

Memorial Tribute
Thursday, June 26th, 2014, 7:19 PM, Petco Park

Full version (above) 90 minutes.

Shorter version with highlights from the evening:

Right on, Alex. Right on.
Keep swinging!

Service above all

September 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

Bob Davids has concluded that leadership is the scarcest resource in the world today.”

H/T Leadership Dynamics

Jessica Jackley, the co-founder of, tells us about her discovery of microfinance and alleviating poverty by creating opportunity around the world through microlending.

(It’s not too late – through July – to register for Doris and Warren Buffett’s Massive Open Online Course “Giving With Purpose“!) 

Register here: Learning By Giving

Leadership is not about you. It’s about everyone else. It’s about everyone you may be fortunate enough in your life to serve, to help, to benefit, to teach, to raise up above yourself.

Greater Than Yourself – The Ultimate Lesson of Leadership by Steve Farber is not a “how to” book about leadership, it’s a “what” book about leadership. Once you’ve learned the ultimate lesson of leadership, the “how to” is just detail. And once you’ve read “Greater Than Yourself” and taken the “GTY” concept to heart, you’ll want to read The Radical Leap Re-Energized: Doing What You Love In the Service of People Who Love What You Do, also by Steve Farber. 

Same author,  two different stories, same theme: Leadership is not about you, it’s about everyone else.


Rotary District 5340 is counting down to itsRYLA-3c-rgb 2013 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference, where 300 high school students and 45 Rotarians meet for three days to experience, discuss and practice leadership at the mile-high Idyllwild Pines Camp and Conference Center in Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains.