Applied Ethics in the 21st Century

David Behling
Session: Servant-Leadership Under Adversity

David Behling, Coach – Improvement, Quality & Leadership

When experiencing extreme adversity, job loss, and /or loss of their ‘known’ direction, servant-leadership can become secondary and if prolonged can easily be lost as a habit and priority. Come & Learn how servant-leadership becomes even more important when one is going through extreme adversity and has lost connections one takes for granted in life.

Come & Discover how the ‘wanting to serve’ becomes even more essential to one’s survival when living through major adversity. Come & Celebrate when understanding how remaining a servant-leader in difficult times gives one even more power and strength to persist and thrive.

David Behling Speaker Bio

Session: Using Emotional Intelligence to Serve Emerging Leaders
Christopher D. Connors; Founder and CEO of
The Value of You Training & Consulting

Focusing on the 5 key areas of emotional intelligence (Empathy, Self-Awareness, Adaptability, Altruism and Optimism/Passion), I demonstrate how these qualities drive us to become better servant-leaders. I delve into what it means to be an emotionally intelligent leader and how service is at the heart of positively influencing those we lead. I provide relevant examples of values-based leaders that lead from the heart and put the needs of others before their own. I discuss how we’re all in a position to serve, no matter our titles, and discuss how to make an impact.

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Session: 21st Century Global Human Resource Management:
Servant-Leader and Strategic Business Partner

Lydia M. Daniels, PhD Distinguished Adjunct Professor and Program Developer

In this session the attendee can expect to gain a brief insight on the background, history, and evolution of Human Resource Management in our organizations, insight into the 21st Century global demands of HRM, and the role of HRM for introduction and implementation of servant-leadership for organizational sustainability and triple bottom-line success (economy, environment, and social change). Examples of specific hand-out material available will be on subjects such as “What servant-leadership Looks Like in a Great Place to Work,” “Eight Steps to Organizational Cultural Change through Servant Leadership,” and “The Global HRM Servant Leadership Role.” The environment of the session will be one of power point stimulation containing factual survey data for open interactive discussion exchange and sharing of information and experiences.

Lydia Daniels Speakers Bio

Samuel Enyia
Session: Servant-Leadership: Empowerment
Dr. Samuel O. Enyia, Professor Emeritus of Communication

Attendees will learn how using the servant-leadership RUBRIC will enable them to: Understand servant-leadership core philosophy, values, principles and practices, Articulate major characteristics of servant-leadership and why it is a better leadership alternative compared to the hierarchy authoritarian type of leadership, Demonstrate how to implement servant-leadership principles and practices in their leadership context to achieve more efficient, effective and successful leadership through empowerment and delegation.

Samuel Enyia Speaker Bio

Session: Finding Value and Values in the Tangible:
Nishida Kitaro’s Pure Experience Theory
Dr. David Howell, Professor, Associate Director for Faculty
Development at the Milwaukee School of Engineering

By looking at leadership through the metaphysical perspective of Nishida Kitaro—a philosopher who emphasizes action and experience—one can focus on engendering a value driven process in which the one can lose “ego” through the leadership experience. This philosophical approach contrasts with 21st century cultural norms, where media (for example) enables cognitive and physical distance between the leader and his/her community.

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Session: Anyone Could Lead Perfect People

Gary R. Kent, Professional Surveyor

In this program, participants will learn how leaders who practice servant-leadership can lay the foundation for a transformation of their organizations. We will explore the obligation of those who take up the mantle of servant-leader to help their employees grow and some key ways in which they can – indeed, must – do that. Responsibilities that will be discussed include setting the example for others to follow, listening first, exhibiting trust, holding people accountable, communicating a vision, accepting criticism, caring about and respecting people, and being accepting of imperfect people. Servant-leadership – no matter where it is practiced – also calls for nurturing the concept of community and the importance of this will likewise be demonstrated and explored.

Gary Kent Speaker Bio

Session: Leveraging Core Values – A Convergence
of Servant-hood and Leadership
Espen Klausen, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

By the end of the session, attendees will have identified their own core values, and will have practiced specific practical ways to find and activate others’ core values. In doing so, they will learn how to increase motivation, resilience, and a sense of purpose in themselves and others. Attendees will also learn how to apply this to conflict resolution, as well as to building alliances with other organizations and customers. Cross-cultural applications and experiences will be discussed, as will application in sales, for-profit, and non-profit contexts.

Espen Klausen Speaker Bio

Session: Success vs. Significance – Why Servant-Leaders create the greatest impact in organizations

Lyle Tard, Founder and CEO, IMPACT Servant Leadership ; Lead Moderator of the Service is Power Podcast

Attendees can expect to develop an actionable and exciting reason to start or continue a servant-led lifestyle. They will have more ammunition that speaks to the value and strength of servant-leadership and walks away with ideas that will help to compel others to consider a servant-led journey. Finally, attendees will realize how they can empower others, regardless of rank, position or status, to unlock the hidden leader inside by helping to shift from striving for success to revealing significance in others.

Lyle Tard Speaker Bio

Tom Tresser
Session: Running for Local Office As A Servant-Leader
Tom Tresser, co-founder, Vice President, COO of the CivicLab Chicago
Servant-Leaders are desperately needed in public life and elective office. Your values, skills, and experience is exactly what America needs right now. Imagine the impact of hundreds of Servant-Leaders being present in elective office across the USA governing and making policy. This workshop will lay out the basic road-map to elective office and show how your Servant-Leader attributes are a real asset in public life. We will use attendees to demonstrate our points and show how “doable” running and winning can be. This workshop is for anyone who is thinking about running for office or helping someone to run. The trainer has run for office and has been training activists for over 29 years.

Tom Tresser Speaker Bio

Session: Do The Right Thing for Whom? The Promise and Perils of Purpose-Led Organizations
Frank Oswald

Purpose is as popular as ever. But it is far from a panacea. As many organizations have discovered, being purpose-led comes with its own set of perils, too—from contracting mission myopia, facing consumer boycotts, getting dragged into political issues and appeasing activist investors. How do you “do the right thing” when your organization’s purpose is at cross-purposes with different stakeholders? The answer may determine whether purpose is a transformative force for good—or just another business fad.

Frank Oswald Speaker Bio

Session: “You Want Me to Do What?!”: Navigating Construction Industry Ethical Challenges
Kimberly A. Hurtado, CM-BIM, LEED Associate

Servant-leadership responses to construction industry ethical challenges like bid rigging, payment application misrepresentation, code and safety violation coverups will be examined in this interactive roleplay session. Alert integrity, active listening and preparedness skills will be explored as tools for fostering honest, ethical conduct. This presentation will start with a short introduction and suggested approach for being prepared as an ethical servant-leader to respond to typical construction site ethical challenges.

These moral leadership tools will then be reinforced in a series of interactive roleplay vignettes — short fact patterns about bid rigging, payment application misrepresentation, concealing code violations, and failing to maintain jobsite safety. These will be real life examples adapted from my 30+ years of legal practice, including reporting higher percentage of completion on payment application than work completed; WisDOT road construction bid rigging; the MGM Grand Casino fire caused by ignoring code requirements; and the Las Vegas Paris Hotel intentional decision not to use safety nets for construction above 10th floor to speed project completion. Participant volunteers will listen to a fact pattern and interact with the speaker, having the rest of the group offer suggestions to the participant engaged in the role play.

Kimberly Hurtado Speaker Bio

Session Title: Giving Academic Structure to Service (and Leadership)

Dr. David Howell, Jesse Lambrecht, and Victoria Obst

Over the last decade, the office Servant-Leadership at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has conducted a longitudinal ethnographic study to answer the question, “How is Servant-Leadership implemented at MSOE?” The result is an ongoing study that helps determine how servant-leadership takes shape in a university environment. Through surveys, field observations, and interviews, the researchers triangulated their data and drew conclusions pertaining to the social responsibility of developing leaders at an urban academic institution.

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