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About the Author and SL Services LLC

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About the Author



Bernard is his legal name, but he goes by Bernie.

  • He obtained his master's of servant leadership degree (MASL) from Viterbo University 2021.

  • He obtained his bachelor's of science in management, summa cum laude, with a certificate in human resources, from Cardinal Stritch University 2017.

  • He was admitted into the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business Administration in 2017

  • He is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Racine.

  • He hosts the Racine, WI roundtable in conjunction with the Wisconsin Servant Leadership community. Click on to learn more or join the conversation.

About SL Services LLC

Mission Statement: Committed to coaching servant leadership and providing practical resources for application and practice.

Vision Statement: To make life and work more engaging and inspiring by challenging the perceptions of work and ourselves. 


Success will be judged by Greenleaf's best test: "Do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?"

Fun Facts


In his early twenties, Bernie was the bass player for a heavy metal band called Tolerance. The band recorded one studio album called Headware. 

He then auditioned live on stage at Milwaukee's iconic Summerfest to become the bass player for the UWM jazz band's two-year program. 


Bernie completed a course on Chi Running, and developed a program to coach new and seasoned runners on how to run pain free and increase pace while enjoying the sport that gives them better health and life. 


Bernie is the founder of the Spirit Root Flute Circle and coaches new players on the techniques and different styles of playing.

He once played flute with the Healing Earth Flute Circle of Illinois live on TV when the WGN Morning News show showcased the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian.


Bernie has a passion for native plants and helping to restore our environment back to its native origins.

He planted a small native plant prairie in his backyard. He calls the small prarie that blooms at different times throughout the seasons "fast food for the bees, butterflies, and insects." 

Life and Servant Leadership Today, but What's Next?

The winds of change are blowing; not in the direction of work/life balance, but in the direction of work/life integration. The false belief that work, life, and leadership are separate and independent concepts inhibits the purpose of leadership.


Our thoughts project our will, and negative thoughts create ripple effects onto others; so be aware and steer clear of any thoughts that undermine your purpose, dim your vision, or suppress your faith. 


​Life's purpose is to make the most of ourselves, with the ultimate dedication of creating more life for all. We are not to be competitors, but creators; so that others may have opportunities to become more than they are today. 


​The creative gifts we possess outside of our job descriptions are what our organizations need the most, and these gifts flourish best without constraint, strife, and rivalry; where there is refinement and freedom from corrupting influences.

Wattles said, "Do not wait for a change of environment, before you act; get a change of environment by action....Act upon the environment in which you are now....Hold with faith and purpose the vision of yourself in the better environment, but act upon your present environment with all your heart...strength...and with all your mind. Do not spend any time in day dreaming or castle building; hold to the one vision of what you want, and act NOW (p.45, 2019.)"

Set out to do this, and you will soon discover that Life and Servant Leadership don't happen to you, they happen FOR you!

Wattles, D., 2019, The science of getting rich. Gildan Media

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