In 2008, the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership began publishing books on issues of ethics and leadership.

Intervals of Hesitation: Essays on the Ethical Life 2013-2017

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by Richard Kyte

Intervals of Hesitation collects four years of Richard Kyte’s continuing series of columns on the ethical life written for the La Crosse Tribune. These essays range across diverse contemporary and perennial topics, from friendship to football, ecology to racism, leadership to bluegrass. Throughout, Kyte writes with insight, candor, clarity, and wit. His overriding purpose is not to take sides or argue for a point-of-view but to invite us to think through ethical problems. By doing so he demonstrates that moral reasoning inspires both personal integrity and civic virtue. Kyte’s essays invite us to step back from conflict and confusion, to pause in reflection, and experience what Simone Weil has called an “interval of hesitation,” in which we can recognize ourselves and our shared community with others.

Book Signing w/ Rick Kyte on Intervals of Hesitation

5:30 p.m. -- Thursday, December 8th, 2022 at Pearl Street Books (323 Pearl Street, La Crosse)


Servant Leadership From the Middle:

Servant Leadership Lessons from the Leadership Arboretum

by Bernard Osbourne

From the tradition of Servant Leadership comes a young, new, voice for the movement.

Iron sharpens iron, and conscientious reflection-after-action has the possibility to turn experiences into wisdom. When we become more self-aware and seek to continually improve ourselves, we can use experiences to make the changes necessary to better our lives and the lives of others.  

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Most people have a desire to help and serve others, ourselves, and achieve a balanced, healthy, and productive life within our chosen career and in our personal lives. In this book aimed at leaders at all levels of organizations, Bernard Osborne takes new and familiar practitioners of Servant Leadership through techniques, philosophies, and practices to enhance anyone's leadership abilities. The lessons learned in this leadership arboretum are crafted to help create the right conditions to allow the magic of growth to happen. 

Bernard Osborne has a Master’s of Servant Leadership degree from Viterbo University and over thirty years of leading and supervisory experience in the flow-instrumentation side of Badger Meter, Inc. He lives in Racine Wisconsin with his wife and three rescued dogs, and they, like humans, thrive best in an atmosphere of trust, community, and safety. 

Fulcrum Publishing (Available October 18, 2022)


An Ethical Life: A Practical Guide to Ethical Reasoning

An Ethical Life

by Richard Kyte

An Ethical Life: A Practical Guide to Ethical Reasoning, authored by Rick Kyte, director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. It is intended to be used as an introductory college textbook, but it is also written to be accessible to the general reader who just wants to learn more about ethics.

Published by Anselm Academic, the book is expected to be popular because of its emphasis on taking a practical approach to looking at ethics which includes showing readers how it is possible to work out complex ethical problems in dialogue with others.

An Ethical Life is available for purchase from the Viterbo bookstore and is also available directly from the publisher at or on

Successful Servant Leadership: Insights from Servant Leaders in Education, Business, Healthcare, Politics, Athletics, and Religion

Successful Servant Leadership

by Gerald Baldner

What is servant leadership? What does servant leadership look like in different fields? Do the principles of servant leadership promote success? What is successful servant leadership? In this valuable, user-friendly volume, Gerald Baldner takes us on a tour of servant leadership principles and introduces us to the lives and words of thirteen successful servant leaders in our community and the world.

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Insights into Successful Servant Leadership from the book:

  • So, can servant leadership be taught? It can be taught through example. It can be taught through actions. It can be taught through expectations that you have as a leader.
    Barbara Gibson, Gymnastics Coach, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Leadership is based on trust, and if you don't have trust, you really cannot lead people.
    Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives 1999-2007
  • To really understand how to serve, you have to serve with dignity and respect.
    Kristina (Smaby) Schoh, Community Relations Manager, Courtesy Corporation
  • I sincerely believe there is no one good leader, one person, or way of leading that is the best.
    Janet Stansfield Hess, President, Stansfield Vending
  • When you share the gifts and the talents that you have, and when you do it with dedication and passion, that is what makes you a leader.
    Jerry Kember, Superintendent, La Crosse School District (retired)
  • I've seen people who got part way through their career and said, "Who am I becoming? What am I doing? This is not the kind of leader I want to be." They have a kind of conversion experience and they say,"From this day forward, I'm going to lead another way," and they do.
    Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

Denying the Deniers: A Soldier's Intersection with the Holocaust


by John Regnier with Susan T Hessel

John Regnier was an ordinary soldier from Minnesota who found himself at the intersection of the Holocaust. His medical battalion came upon Generals Eisenhower, Bradley and Patton as they were about to tour the first concentration camp liberated by the United States Army. What he saw shocked him and the others who were encouraged by General Eisenhower to take photographs in case a time came when what happened there would be denied. He began speaking out when he heard Holocaust deniers claim it did not happen. He was there. He saw this horrific injustice.

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Squirrel is Alive: A Teenager in the Belgian Resistance and French Underground

Squirrel is Alive

by Mary Rostad with Susan T. Hessel

Squirrel is Alive: A Teenager in the Belgian Resistance and French Underground is the incredible story of Mary Rostad’s early life as told to local author Susan Hessel. Hessel will sign books at the event, which will also be attended by members of Rostad’s family.

Rostad was 16 years old when the Nazis conquered her home city of Brussels in 1940. She joined the resistance movement, serving in Belgium and later France, primarily as a courier of underground documents. At the end of World War II, Rostad met U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Allen Rostad. They married and moved to Houston, Minn., in 1946.

Hessel is a personal historian dedicated to preserving life stories of individuals. A board member of the Association of Personal Historians, she is especially honored to work with those who have stood up in the face of repression and adversity.

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  • Gregory Wegner, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, author of Anti-Semitism and Schooling under the Third Reich
  • A marvelous story that needs to be told, as inspiring as any autobiographical account of strength and fortitude in Holocaust writing today.
    Tom Arlt, Aquinas High School, La Crosse Wisconsin
  • A compelling account of courage, sacrifice and defiance. Mary's heroic story inspires readers to do what is right and stand up against oppression.
    Dana Humphrey, Ft. Zumwalt School District, O'Fallon, Missouri
  • Mary Rostad's teenage resistance in Belgium's underground against the Germans during World War II marks her as a very formidable person. Her 1986 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award commemorates Mary's outstanding qualities as a person who preserved the richness of her immigrant heritage.
    Dr. Bill Younglove, California State University Long Beach
  • Mary did so much during a time when so many could do nothing. Reading her experiences will permeate our souls, making us all better people.
    Dave Nelson, Westby Area High School, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Implementing Servant Leadership: Stories from the Field

Implementing Servant Leadership

by Don M. Frick

From the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University and Robert K. Greenleaf biographer Don M. Frick: stories that explain how servant-leaders are implementing the most important leadership approach of our time.

Read how servant leaders are transforming people and cultures in five settings, ranging from a coffee shop and VA hospital in Wisconsin to a faith community in Cape Town, South Africa. Plus, a chapter on the lessons of implementation.

Servant leaders share which books they use for training, how they measure trust in their organization, how they hire, fire, and manage with caring and accountability, and how they practice servant leadership in a desperate settlement in Cape Town, South Africa.

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  • This book describes a loving and caring world a lot of people yearn for and explains how servant leaders help create that world. It will motivate you to be a servant-leader or try servant leadership in your life and orga­nization.
    Kent Keith, CEO, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership
  • Convenient one-stop study for practitioners of servant leadership: a Greenleaf primer for principles, with excellent implementation "how-to" ideas, and inspiring stories of servant-leaders modeling the way.
    Duane Trammell, Founding Partner and Executive Vice President, Ann McGee-Cooper & Associates.
  • I love this short and powerful book! The people you meet in these pages are unforgettable: courageous, committed servant leaders who first do their own inner heart work and then patiently seek to transform their organizations and colleagues.
    Deborah Vogele-Welch, Founder, Reflective Leadership Associates

Doing What's Right, Right

Doing What's Right, Right

by Lindon E. Saline

During a thirty-six year career with the General Electric Company Lindy Saline managed various technical and business operations and corporate staff functions, including GE’s Management Development Institute. He has published over fifty techni­cal, educational and professional development papers and monographs. Throughout his business career Lindy’s activities and contributions have been recognized with awards from universities, professional societies, and national organizations.

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Praise for Doing What’s Right, Right:

  • Exhaustion among leaders seems epidemic in today's world. Based on his vast experience in the for-profit sector and in the not-for-profit sector, Lindy helps leaders define what is worth doing (the right thing)and offers insights for doing those things effectively and efficiently (the right way). Most importantly, Lindy as a model servant leader himself, invites the reader to reflect on the need for balance within one's own life.
    Joan Mueller, Administrator of Business Development, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare
  • Lindy Saline and his Doing What’s Right, Right was a critical factor in the healthy development of the La Crosse Community Foundation. It guided us about the importance of “doing what’s right, right” for the foundation, the community it serves, and its donors.”
    Sheila Garrity, Executive Director of the La Crosse Community Foundation
  • Lindy has done a superb job of laying out the framework in which a QUALITY non-profit can operate. Many times non-profits do not have the time to think “strategically”. Lindy has done that for all of us.
    Wayne Oliver, Senior Vice President, State Bank of La Crosse
  • Lindy Saline is a visionary and a strategic servant leader who steps forward to guide others to achieve. Recognizing that a leader is future oriented, Lindy relates his belief that anything can be accomplished if you believe it can be done. And he shares with us steps to help our collaborative community efforts happen. He helps us define what to do and how to do it effectively.
    Rose Mary Boesen, CEO, Great Rivers United Way
  • This book gets to the heart of effective leadership by focusing on fundamentals that are sometimes lost in well-intentioned nonprofit organizations. It is so easy to get caught up in day-to-day distractions and negativity. Mr. Saline's book has helped me to stay on course. I keep a quote from Lindy taped to my computer that reads: "Leaders must be future-oriented. They know there is no future in believing something can't be done."
    Robin Anderson, Executive Director, Mason City Area Chamber of Commerce
  • With provocative insight, Lindy Saline challenges leaders to envision a better tomorrow. Reflecting years of experience and accumulated wisdom, Saline integrates inquisitive freedom and disciplined process into an accessible methodology for strategic thinking. Using his methodology, Saline helped our leaders develop six strategic directives that guided our congregation to numerical and spiritual growth.
    Rev. Mark Solyst, Pastor, English Lutheran Church (La Crosse)