Ideas on People and Performance, Team Building, Motivation and Innovation

Servant Leadership – Two Great Quotes

My partner sent me two quotes by Max De Pree, who published one of the most excellent books on leadership that I have ever read. Heck, we gave signed copies of it to all of the people in my Leadership Greenville class, which was a really classy thing for him to do. (And, I remember interviewing with Herman Miller because I was so impressed with their company, back a few years after I started Performance Management Company back in 1984.)

So, I got into my powerpoint file of Lost Dutchman LEGO scenes and thought to illustrate them. A team of us are moving forward with our efforts to repackage the exercise to mesh congruently with a full-day training program on Servant Leadership and the kinds of supporting behaviors that are inherent in our exercise.

A ax DePree quote using Square Wheels and teambuilding


Max Depree quote on leadership and followers

Working up the links to the approach of improving perceived support of managers and workers and of senior managers with their support staffs is an important part of how we view the focus on collaboration and teamwork in organizations. There is simply too much competition and too many people feeling like losers to really generate collaborative optimization. Mining as much Gold as WE can is the main theme of Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine.

The Servant Leadership model offers us some solid links and we are moving forward with this packaging framework,


For the FUN of It!

Scott Simmerman 2016Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant.

One of the best teambuilding exercises in the world, as rated by his users, is The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, which focuses on leadership, collaboration, alignment and focuses on implementing the collective performance optimization ideas.

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Square Wheels® is a registered trademark of Performance Management Company
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1 Comment

  1. Peter O'Donnell

    I’m also a big fan of Max DePree, and have had the privilege of working with him. He’s one of those rare authentic leaders who is every bit as inspiring – or more – in person as in his books. In one memorable setting, he spoke with a small group of urban inner-city youth program leaders, and gave each person a carabiner, the kind of clip that mountain climbers use to connect a team of climbers to a safety line. He explained that this was a powerful symbol of the role of an expedition leader… you need to make it easy for everyone to stay connected to each other in order to reach your collective goal.

    That stands as one of my favorite descriptions of the essence of servant leadership… a focus on everyone’s results, not just yours as a leader. He also said that his favorite book, of those he wrote, was ‘Leading Without Power’, which challenges everyone to find a way to ‘lead’ no matter where they are in a team or organization.

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