The following guidelines describe the principles which govern interactions among participants in the Servant-Leader Milwaukee roundtable. These principles act as a guide in our interaction with each other as participants in the group. These norms will be reviewed and revised periodically.
- The Servant Leader Roundtable is first and foremost a learning community. At no time is the group intended to be a source of sales leads for products or services.
- We recognize that a dollar spent with a Servant-Leader goes farther than a dollar spent elsewhere. With the knowledge that we will not be approached by members selling their goods/services we make reasonable efforts to proactively support the business and personal activities of our fellow Servant-Leaders.
- Ideas are presented in a way that promotes mutual discussion and resolution.
- The discussion of issues, ideas, and direction will not become a personal attack or return to haunt you in the future.
- Practice and experience humility – each of us may not have all the answers.
- Listen first to understand, and don’t be dismissive of the input received when we listen.
- Share air time with others. Recognize that different individuals are more or less comfortable in groups.
- Don’t go off /stay off topic for long.
- Keep confidentiality.
- If you have a problem with someone, calmly and respectfully address the problem directly with them.
- Expend the effort to practice all of these norms and to care enough about the team and its work to confront each other, with care, compassion, and purpose, when a team member fails to practice these norms.
August 12, 2014