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Ken Jennings Presents at Lipscomb

On February 2nd and 3rd, Ken Jennings and the ThirdRiver Team partnered with Lipscomb University's College of Business to put on several event surrounding the idea of servant leadership. Ken Jennings led and participated in a variety of activities including a dinner with L. Randolph Lowry, the president of Lipsomb, and 20 students from the Presidential Ambassador Council; a CEO Leadership breakfast; a round-table discussion with local veterans; and speaking at Lipscomb's chapel.

Ken also spoke at the serving leader workshop put on by ThirdRiver Partners, featuring co-founder Heather Hyde and consulting practice leader, John Porcari. The workshop focused on practices based on Ken's book, The Serving Leader: 5 Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Your Business and Your Community. John and Heather walked participante through how to apply the five actions of Upend the Pyramid, Build on Strengths, Raise the Bar, Blaze the Trail, and Run to Great Purpose. In addition to getting a sample of one of the workshops ThirdRiver does with its clients, participants also got a copy of the 10th anniversary edition of The Serving Leader. 

To learn more about this event, read the article below posted by Lipscomb University. 

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The Serving Leader Blab with #LeadWithGiants

On Thursday, February 11th at 1:00 pm EST Ken Jennings, along with his co-author, John Stahl-Wert, joined Dan Forbes of the #LeadWithGiants community on Blab.im to discuss The Serving Leader. In the video recording above, Ken and John discuss the origins of The Serving Leader and their reasons behind a re-release. Follow a conversation filled with insightful, leader-focused questions and answers. 

Blab was an interactive social media site that allowed individuals to watch, comment, and join in to live-steaming-video conversations. You can follow Dan Forbes on Twitter at @DanVForbes and tune in to his weekly Blab #LeadWithGiants on Thursdays at noon Central. John Stahl-Wert can be followed on Twitter at @stahlwert and Ken Jennings can be followed on Twitter at @kenjenn

Watch Interview Below

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On the Ego: A Huffington Post Article

Matt Teney, author of The Mindfulness Edge and Serve to Be Great, explores two examples of why a self-serving leader harms a business in his article for the Huffington Post titled "Why Egos Are Bad for Business, and What to Do About It."  Teney interviewed Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert, authors of The Serving Leader, on how egotistical leaders harm a company. 

Self-serving egos can keep leaders from putting the customers first by focusing on their own goals and achievements instead of focusing on creating maximum value in the organization. Egotistical leaders can also inhibit change and innovation over time if they are only interested in their own ideas, they avoid learning new things, and their colleagues feel the need to keep bad news from them. 

Given all the problems a negative ego can produce in the work place, Teney examines the subtle differences between having an ego and a healthy view of self-worth and self-confidence. Teney takes the idea of mindfulness to show how the ego is not an individual's identity. With that key concept in mind, the ego becomes not who we are, but a tool that we can choose to use or not depending on the situation.