Editors Dorothy Lenz, George SanFacon and Larry Spears are friends and admirers of the late Bill Bottum and his work. It was Larry who first expressed a belief that Bill had writings that ought to be published. When the others agreed, Larry drove from Indianapolis, Indiana, to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and with the permission of Bill’s daughters Lynn and Carolyn, worked to sort through the many writings Bill had stored in dozens of files and boxes. That was the first of Larry’s many trips to Ann Arbor during the project. Larry then spent hours culling out the manuscripts he deemed candidates for publication, proofreading them, and arranging them in logical order. For months afterward, the three editors continued this process individually and together. Most of the articles in this book were originally lectures or material for study sessions in a variety of settings. Since the Beatitude Way is the core of each, there is considerable repetition of commentary and illustration. The editors have chosen to leave these in tact in order to preserve the integrity of each piece. The project unfolded as an extended team effort. Lynn and Carolyn retyped many pages that would not scan. Alex SanFacon (Hedwerxdesign) prepared Bill’s original charts for printing, and Carolyn designed the covers and layout. This is a work of love, honoring Bill and helping to fulfill his lifelong vocation of getting the Beatitude message to an ever-increasing number of people.
John Donnelly used his family business---The Donnelly Corporation--- as a massive experiment in industrial democracy. During John's life Donnelly was considered one of the most democratic corporations in America and was routinely ranked among the top twentyfive best places to work. John was an Engineer training for the Priesthood when his father died and he came home to help run the family business. John was a pioneer in applying servant leadership, the Scanlon Plan, the Managerial Grid, System 4, and Gainsharing to create a more Human place to work.
"...John Donnelly was doing servant leadership when servant leadership wasn't cool. Predatory pracrtices were the norm during most of John's career. He chose to break with the norm and move to higher ground. His courage amnd commitment are also part of his legacy."
Back in 1992, I extracted from Robert Greenleaf’s writings a set of ten characteristics of the servant-leader that I view as being of critical importance--central to the development of servant-leaders. In the decades since that time, part of my own work in servant-leadership has focused on encouraging a deepening understanding of the following characteristics and how they contribute to the meaningful practices of servant-leaders. These ten characteristics include:
These ten characteristics of servant-leadership are by no means exhaustive. However, they do serve to communicate the power and promise that this concept offers to those who are open to its invitation and challenge.
With a forward by Warren Bennis and and Afterword by Max DePree, Scanlon EPIC Leadership is the definitive work on Scanlon history, philosophy and practice. Edited by Larry C. Spears and Paul W. Davis the book contains historical writings by Joe Scanlon, Douglas McGregor, Carl Frost and Fred Lesieur as well as modern writings from current Scanlon thinkers and practioners. It is the primary source of everything Scanlon. Published by the Scanlon Foundation in 2008.
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Greenleaf Centre UK Awards Larry Spears
At our January meeting last year the Greenleaf UK Board agreed that we should, at our 2015 conference, recognise the contribution made to our centre’s work by one of our longest standing friends and supporters.
Larry Spears has been a staunch ally for many years, always lending ideas and encouragement when they were most needed, and asking the occasional searching – sometimes awkward - question when it was most warranted. We owe him a real and lasting debt of gratitude.
It’s very difficult to sum up in a few words just how much we owe Larry; indeed the whole servant-leadership community is in his debt. During his term as CEO at The Greenleaf Center in the United States, interest in servant-leadership spread substantially, and a number of international centres were established, independent from, but greatly encouraged by Larry and the then Greenleaf Center Board.
Greenleaf UK essentially was established when Ralph Lewis and I met back in 1996 and it was Larry who actually brokered that meeting. It was also largely his encouragement that led Ralph and myself to believe we really could get a Centre going here in the UK, and at very short notice - the kind of short notice that would today cause my blood to run cold - we set up our very first conference in 1997 with his help and that of his colleague Richard Smith. That was way back then, and here we are all these years later, planning our 20th annual conference for later this year.
Larry has been a regular attendee at our conference for a number of years and has presented on three separate occasions. His support and encouragement have remained a constant throughout the years, and it has been a pleasure to welcome him back to London every November.
The Board decided that it should find some tangible way of expressing our thanks and appreciation to Larry. We agreed on a form of words, and then passed the project on to Pat Reid, the Board member working in the creative world, to design and produce something fitting for the occasion. The results, shown here, confirmed that the right person had undertaken the task.