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Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Tucson hosted the first ever Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter in Spanish on May 20. And as a measure of its success, within a few weeks the parish hosted a second Encounter. Rocio Zamora, the parish’s Hispanic Ministry Coordinator, facilitated both programs. According to Zamor...

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We can break our bad habits by monitoring our performance with a simple checklist, says Sabina Nawaz, an executive coach who works in 26 countries, in an article for Harvard Business Review’s HBR.org website. Anyone who has read The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande won’t be surprised by Nawaz&rsq...

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By Owen Phelps Director, Yeshua Institute We’re always delighted when we find business and human resource processes that implicitly support the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus. And truth be told, they’re everywhere. Some emerge in formal academic studies. Others rise to the top in hands-on leadership experience...

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By Chris D’Souza I solemnly resolve before God and my family to always keep in mind the dignity and responsibility of my calling as a dad. I will always be grateful for the gift of my family and the privilege of fatherhood. I thank God for the legacy that I have received from my parents, and if there have been any unresolved i...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Trust combines seemingly contradictory properties in such a way as to make it as unique as it is uniquely valuable to humanity. It’s the glue that holds people together in pursuit of all the essential things that the individual cannot achieve alone. It’s the grease...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute The key to being a true Servant Leader, in the mold of Jesus, is to recognize that in the great drama of life and leadership, ultimately “it’s not about me.” That’s a tall order because with self-awareness comes the instinct to self-preservation. We can&rsqu...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Chris Lowney, the Jesuit seminarian turned JP Morgan managing director turned chair of a huge Catholic hospital system turned leadership author has hit another homerun. His new book, Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church, is a must read for anyone interested in the ...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Last week I was asked to speak about the Catholic Vison for Leading Like Jesus (CVLLJ) to members of an amazing organization in Wichita, KS. The organization is the Catholic Assembly for Business (CAB), which has more than 100 members, male and female -- many of whom gather for a b...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Ministry Formation is a two-year program in the Rockford Diocese designed to prepare people to serve in ministry, especially parish ministry. Men who wish to enter diaconate discernment and formation have to finish this program first. Our Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus trainin...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Recently we came across an article that asks an important question of all leaders in every leadership context: “Do you foster a culture of encouragement?” Why is a culture of encouragement so important? Think of culture as soil. And think of your goals – at hom...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Writing for Forbes, Amy Rees Anderson shares a simple story that draws a clear line between what it takes to be a mediocre employee and what it takes to be a great one. She shared it, she explained, because “it is so important that leaders are able to explain things to employ...

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The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart. Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Bill George, Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School, former Chair & CEO of Medtronic and author of Discover Your True North,  has a lot to say about the...

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We’ve extended the deadline for the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter in Rockford, IL on Friday, May 5. You can now register online through this Friday, April 28. The Encounter is a rich mix of live presentations, videos, self-discovery exercises and large and small group discussions, and you will be on your way to...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute About a month ago The Catholic Leader featured an article about what to do when someone at work goes over your head to your boss. The advice we offered was sound -- as far as it went. But it didn’t go far enough. We noted that when a peer or a person you are supervising go...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Now that Lent has ended and we have celebrated Easter, now what? Easter, of course, is the highlight of the Christian year – and of all human history, for that matter. On Easter Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead – and, by virtue of his suffering, ...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute I Bless the Lord, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, my soul; do not forget all the gifts of God, Who pardons all your sins, heals all your ills, Delivers your life from the pit, surrounds you with love and compassion, Fills your days with good thi...

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No, you won’t become a seasoned and consistent Jesus-like leader after attending our 1-day Encounter May 5 in Rockford, IL. But you will learn the basics about  leading as a Servant, Steward and Shepherd (S3) just like Jesus did in his time on earth. After that, it’s just a matter of adopting habits that will keep y...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. We find ourselves in the middle of Holy Week -- a week when business as usual just doesn’t make sense. And yet, most of us probably have a lot of business as usual to do. So giving Holy Week its due in our life pilgrimages is almost certainly a struggle. Case in point: a friend and former colleague of ...

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Can you make today special? Here are just three suggestions: Look for the good. Whether it’s a beautiful sunset or a funny comic strip or a conversation with an old friend, seek out happy moments. Be grateful: for your loved ones and family and their love; for your faith; your home or apartment; warm showers; comfy attractive ...

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The Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute will present a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter Friday, May 5, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Rockford, IL, and online registration opened this week. The Encounter will be co-facilitated by Dick Kunnert and Owen Phelps, master facilitators and memb...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute As kids we were taught to do a lot of either/or thinking – as in “either you take out the garbage or you can go to your room for the rest of your life.” Seriously, there are a lot of either/or basics to learn as a kid: Either stay out of the street or you&rs...

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If you’re having trouble being mindful about the purpose of Lent even as we find ourselves on the threshold of Holy Week, we offer you a great online meditation on the Stations of the Cross that will cost you only 4 minutes and 20 seconds of your cherished, yet chaotic life. Written and narrated by Lawrence J. Fedewa, a former th...

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Dick Kunnert and Owen Phelps, co-founders of the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter, will co-facilitate the Encounter Friday, May 5, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Rockford, IL. The cost of the Encounter is just $79, and arrangements are also being made to offer a special room rate for guests coming in f...

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By Dick Kunnert Yeshua Fellow & Master Facilitator Not long after retiring from academic life, Henri Nouwen wrote a monograph about an adventure he had delivering a talk to a group of priests and ministers in Washington, DC. The booklet is titled In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership. The booklet covers two a...

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The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter is now available in Spanish, and the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute is ready to ship Spanish Facilitator Kits. The kits include: A PowerPoint presentation with imbedded videos; A Facilitator’s Guide; and A copy of the Participant’s Workbook. ...

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By Chris D’Souza, “... for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. - Colossians 1: 16-17 (RS...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Years ago when I was in the publishing business, for a certain number of years we produced “galleys” (long columns) of hard copy using phototypesetters that read paper tapes punched by keyboard operators. It all sounds very complicated now. But those phototypesetters were incredible machines compare...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. One of the most difficult and spirit-crushing things that can happen at work is that someone – a peer or a person you are supervising – goes over your head to your boss. Typically, when you first hear of this, you are thrust into turmoil. A part of you wants to fight. A part of you feels like you al...

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It’s never an easy task. And often it’s downright distasteful. And on occasion it’s dangerous. We’re talking about the unenviable task of having to deliver bad news to your boss – especially when you share some responsibility for the outcome. There’s probably no way to make this task fun or the le...

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By Chris D’Souza The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. (Jn 13:2 NABRE) Let’s reflect on Judas and his action today. Why would a close disciple of Jesus want to betray Him? After witnessing so many miracles, hearing so much about the Kingdom of God and spending most of his ti...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. I was teaching a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus course near the end of a diocese’s two-year Ministry Formation program when the question came from one of the students. “What’s the hardest part about teaching people to lead like Jesus,” the woman asked. “Getting them to a...

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When it comes to language, Bill Treasurer is not likely to be remembered for being couth. But when it comes to effective leadership, he’s on board with the core teachings of S3 Jesus-like Leadership. Treasurer is author of four books, including most recently A Leadership Kick in the Ass, which focuses on what he calls a “Ho...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. When a new leader takes the helm, there’s always an adjustment period for leader and staff alike. But the leader who is thoughtful and considerate during this period can do much to not only ease the pain of transition, but also set a high trajectory for team performance going forward, says Naphtali Hoff, ...

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“Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.” Lk 16:25 (RSVCE) By Chris D’Souza Have you caught yourself saying: ‘Well, I need to earn a bit more to be able to help this...

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Maybe the first day of Lent isn’t the ideal day to celebrate, but here at the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute we’re doing it anyway. The occasion is the announcement that our primary leadership training program, the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter, is finally available in Spanish. It&r...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. In the last issue of The Catholic Leader, I wrote about how Lent always sneaks up on me. Most years I’m often trying to decide how I want to observe Lent as the sun sets on Ash Wednesday. I also noted that over the years, thanks to a priest’s suggestion, I’ve focused more on doing something sp...

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By Owen Phelps, Pd.D. Have you ever had one of those bosses with a Jekyll and Hyde personality? One moment he or she is personable. The next moment he or she is frothing at the mouth? Do you still have one like that now? Sadly, it’s not unusual. Some people seem to assume that a promotion to an executive office gives you th...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. When the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) released its list of the 78 best Christian places to work in January, there was one Catholic entity on the list. I don’t know if that’s a first, but I think it is. So congratulations are in order for the honoree, Catholic Christian Outreach in Ottawa, On...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. If there’s one thing I can say about my experience of Lent that hasn’t changed over the years, it’s that the penitential season always sneaks up on me. It’s doing it again this year – although Ash Wednesday is still a week away, so I’m giving myself more time to prepare this ...

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Two Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters will be offered later this month in central Iowa. The Archdiocese of Dubuque will offer three Catholic Encounter programs at the Prairiewoods Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, IA, just north of Cedar Rapids, where participants have three choices of dates and times: Thursday, Fe...

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In presenting Jesus-like S3 Leadership, we note that all of us have to do one thing that Jesus never had to do. We need to apologize when we make mistakes. And we all make mistakes. In our programs, we point to the insight from Ken Blanchard, co-author of the best-selling business book The One Minute Manager and co-founder of the Le...

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By Chris D’Souza “And he said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.’” Mk 6:31 (RSVCE) * * * Recently, my wife returned from Orlando after attending a Zumba® instructor convention. Naturally, I asked her if she enjoyed it. Her response was puzzling” &ldquo...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Most likely we’ve all heard the adage that “Assume makes an ass out of u and me.” And most likely we’ve heard it again and again because it’s so true. I had that brought home to me in a truly humbling way recently when I was watching an episode of Shark Tank, the TV show where rich...

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A Lead Like Jesus Encounter is underway this week at the Winnebago County Jail in Rockford, IL, sponsored by the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute, and three public Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters will be offered later this month in central Iowa. The ecumenical Encounter at the jail is the 73rd that h...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. We’re all familiar with a host of theories about what drives better performance among individuals and in organizations. On a galley slave ship the drivers were big brutes with whips. In wars you had the threats of a firing squad. My parents tried to motivate me by taking away weekend driving privil...

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This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24 By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. In The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus, we recommend that people who want to lead like Jesus should pray regularly. Often when we think of prayer, we leap quickly to the notion of prayers of petition. While there&rsq...

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By Chris D’Souza And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For there is nothing hid, except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.” And he said to them, “Take he...

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Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters will be offered this month at the Prairiewoods Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, IA, just north of Cedar Rapids, where participants have three choices of dates and times: Tuesdays, Feb. 21 and 28, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p....

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The Yeshua Institute’s newest video, Time Alone: Jesus Needed It and So Do We, marks the first presentation by Carl Koch, DA, author of 36 books and a Fellow of the Institute. “We’re delighted to have Dr. Koch providing us with video presentations,” said Owen Phelps, Ph.D., director of the Yeshua Institute. &ldq...

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A new study from Maurice Schweitzer, Wharton professor of operations, information and decisions, and Wharton lecturer and research scholar Jeremy Yip shows that anger can influence people in organizations to lie or behave deceptively in areas that have nothing to do with the original conflict. The problem is not that angry people actua...

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Stephanie Scotti says that when it comes to persuasive communications, Aristotle was right – as far as he went almost two millennia ago. The Greek philosopher said there were three principles of persuasive communication: Logos -- presenting a clear and rational argument; Pathos -- using emotion; and, Ethos -- establishi...

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People who would like to participate in a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter  may want to travel to the Prairiewoods Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, IA, just north of Cedar Rapids, where they have three choices of dates and times: Tuesdays, Feb. 21 and 28, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Satur...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. I knew a teacher once who always advised: “Never smile before Christmas.” Students were awed by his intelligence, but I never heard any of them speak of him in terms of serving as a role model for them. He was just too distant and remote. I knew a bishop once who said: “Never let them see you ...

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Remember that old saw – “Practice makes perfect”? As it turns out, that’s not true. It is true that practice is a key component of mastery in virtually any skill and field. But not all practice is equally valuable. The person who practices something over and over again without giving it much thought is likely...

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The Archdiocese of Dubuque is hosting three Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters in February at the Prairiewoods Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, IA, just north of Cedar Rapids. The dates and times are: Tuesdays, Feb. 21 and 28, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ...

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“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12
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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. We’re just past the midway point of the New Year’s first month and already I have to ask: Do you still have any resolutions left to keep? Pardon the rude question. It’s really a matter of projecting my own weaknesses on the world. For most of my 69 years, my experience has been that I could br...

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Most of us spend a lot of our time on autopilot, making old and reliable assumptions without even thinking about it. That’s going to be even less helpful tomorrow than it is today – and already a good number of our once safe and secure assumptions are crumbling into dust. According to Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media L...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. This week we’re sending out formal letters acknowledging the donations of patrons who may need the letters to file their 2016 tax reports. I like to look through them and add a little personal note acknowledging their – or your – generosity. It never fails to amaze me just how many people s...

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We’re pleased to welcome Chris D’Souza from India as our latest contributor (see his initial story below). Chris is an executive & life coach, talent consultant and trainer with 20+ years of corporate experience. He is vice-president of the God is in Control Fellowship, a Catholic workplace ministry in Bangalore dedicat...

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By Chris D’Souza Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,     vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil     at which he toils under the sun? ...What has been is what will be,     and what has been done is what will be done;   ...

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Three Encounters are scheduled in February at the Prairiewoods Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, IA, just north of Cedar Rapids. The dates and times are: Tuesdays, Feb. 21 and 28, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. “Leadership happens every time someone influences som...

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“Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 To all of you from all of us on the Yeshua Institute team ... May you receive the grace of a blessed and joyous C...

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Marlene Chism , author of Stop Workplace Drama and No-Drama Leadership, suggests a 3-step process to break a bad habit. 1. Identify the unwanted habit that you want to change. 2. Create space between stimulus and response. When you get the trigger that ignites your bad habit, find something else quick and simple to do – a...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute We were in the middle of a ministry formation class when one of the participants made a point: “Leading Like Jesus is a lot easier if you’re getting support from the people around you.” “That’s why your parents urged you to pick good friends, right?&rd...

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People have been reporting that the link we’ve given them to donate to the work of the Yeshua Institute isn’t always working. We haven’t been able to figure out what is causing the problem, but we have come up with a solution – a whole new donor page. If you’d like to partner with us and make a contribu...

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The good news that unemployment levels continue to decline is bad news for many employers. Why? Because stronger employment statistics mean workers have more opportunities to abandon sinking or vexing ships. Organizations with poor leaders are bound to see turnover rise – in some cases dramatically. In fact, after interviewing...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute What I’m about to discuss is pretty basic to people who take a particular interest in the church’s liturgical calendar or in all things liturgical. But I know from over 30 years of experience working in church ministry that a lot of us don’t fit those criteria. ...

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              Excalibur Award winner Father David Beauvais is congratulated by Patti Rangel after receiving the Rockford Register Star's Excalibur Award. Patti worked as Father Dave’s secretary at St. James Catholic Church. (Photo by Max Gersh/Rockford Register Star and r...

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More than 100 “corporate chieftains, thought leaders, scholars, and experts in labor, health, education, economics, and the environment” will converge on the Vatican Dec. 2-3 for the 2016 Fortune + Time Global Forum. Fortune magazine’s editor-in-chief, Alan Murray, indicates that it was his publishing empire’s i...

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At the Yeshua Institute, we insist that “Leadership begins on the inside.” Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, had the same view. In his book Primary Greatness, he writes: “Everything starts with the individual, because all meaningful change comes from the inside out.” We also sh...

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“Today Advent is perhaps more about already celebrating Christmas than it is about preparing for it,” says Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, a noted book author, columnist and speaker. “Many of us arrive at Christmas tired, running, distracted, and already fatigued with the lights, songs, and celebrations of Christmas. Advent i...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute God bless Julie Winkle Giulioni. The co-author of Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want, says achieving a work-life balance may not be possible, at least not as a permanent state. Her proposition gets my second – especially this time of the y...

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Time is running out to register for either of two Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters in the Dubuque Archdiocese before the end of the year. They are scheduled at American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls, IA, and they offer participants the choice to attend on a weekday or a Saturday: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 8:30-3:3...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute What a gift Thanksgiving Day is! And what a gift it is to have the day come as part of what is, for many of us, a four-day weekend – even if much of it is taken up with cleaning, laundry, meal preparation and, yes, shopping. Too bad we don’t make every day a Thanksgi...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute This week we formally launch our annual Yeshua Institute fund-raising drive. We need donors. But what we need even more than donors are partners – people who will pray for us and our work, who will tell others about it, who will tell us who we should be reaching out to, and w...

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If you’re looking for a great personal growth opportunity during Advent -- which starts this coming Sunday, Nov. 27 -- consider getting acquainted with Pope Francis’ vision for personal discipleship and building communities of disciples, The Joy of the Gospel. A great way to get to know it better is to download and use our ...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute In our Nov. 9 issue I wrote about the connection between vulnerability and lasting, life-shaping power. Later that week I noticed that Pope Francis had weighed in on topic of power -- saying that the desire to have power and assert it over others is an obstacle to serving God. J...

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Unexpected meeting in Atlanta almost a decade ago results in almost 400 in Dubuque Archdiocese learning how to Lead Like Jesus By Dan Rohner Director, Leadership Development & Pastoral Planning Archdiocese of Dubuque My Leading Like Jesus journey began in June, 2007 when I attended the International Conference of the Ameri...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Now that the quadrennial presidential election is over, we find ourselves on the threshold of a busy annual period jam packed with holidays and other observances. Nov. 24 is Thanksgiving Day. Nov. 27 is the first Sunday in Advent, a season that carries through Dec. 24 this yea...

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There’s still time to register for either of two Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters in the Dubuque Archdiocese before the end of the year. They are scheduled at American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls, IA, and they offer participants the choice to attend on a weekday or a Saturday: Tuesday, Nov. 29...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. As a child my first exposures to pastors were as different as I think it is possible to be: At St. Joseph Parish In Fond du Lac, WI, we had Msgr. Riordan. He spoke forcefully from a high pulpit that jutted out, ominously, above the Communion rail. His favorite verse, delivered in full throat, seemed to be Revel...

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There’s still time to register for any of three Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters in the Dubuque Archdiocese before the end of the year. They are scheduled at American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls, IA, and they offer participants the choice to attend on weeknights, a weekday or a Saturday: Tuesdays, ...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph. D. Several years ago our oldest child, Kristin, was in the first grade. She was an exceptional student, reading several grade levels ahead of her class, but she didn’t like the school she was enrolled in. When we met her teacher at the fall conference, we began to understand why. The teacher, a kind and car...

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  Msgr. Mike Tierney takes only three minutes to outline how a parish can – and should – use collaboration to make sure its planning process is effective. Msgr. Mike concedes that it may seem easier for just the pastor alone or in company with staff to develop a plan and announce it to the parish. But he warns th...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Okay, All Saints Day was yesterday. Isn’t it time to move on? Not yet, I’ll argue. The point of the feast is worth recalling for at least 48 hours – and ideally for much longer than that. A couple of weeks ago I was presenting the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter for Catholic C...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Have you ever heard of emotional agility? Probably not. I know I didn’t run across the term until very recently when I ran into the work of Psychologist Susan David, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, who discusses the concept in her new book, Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Th...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Recently I read an interesting article about burnout. It made the point that while people usually think that it’s caused by unreasonable work demands, that’s not the case. According to Christina Maslach, the culprit is usually poor relationships in the workplace. Maslach should know whereof she spea...

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The Dubuque Archdiocese has scheduled three Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters before the end of the year, and six more in early 2017. The three scheduled before the end of the year are all at American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls, IA. They offer participants the opportunity to attend on weeknights, a full weekda...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. This past Sunday’s Gospel reading is one of my favorites – and it has been since my earliest days. I don’t know for sure if that’s because I heard my dad praise it, or if we had a discussion about it that made it more memorable than other Gospel passages. I can’t remember details b...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. In the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter, we show a short video re-enactment of an interaction between Jesus and the mother of James and John in the Gospel of Matthew. She wants Jesus to give them favored status in his kingdom (Matt 20:21). Obviously, it’s a difficult conversation. But Jesu...

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A total of four Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters are currently scheduled before the end of the year in Illinois and Iowa. Illinois The Logan County Catholic Community Parish Council hosts an Encounter Saturday, Nov. 12, at Carroll Catholic School, 111 4th St., in Lincoln, IL. Lincoln is located between Bloomington a...

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“In large ways and small you can help build a better world, help usher in the Kingdom of God. It’s a matter of learning to Lead Like Jesus through the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter,” says an invitation circulating throughout the Dubuque (IA) Archdiocese. The archdiocese has scheduled nine Encounters...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Scott Mabry writes of those days when you wonder if you have the energy and drive to keep leading. It happens to the best of us in all our roles – spouse, parent, child, laborer, craftsman, consultant, colleague, supervisor or C-level executive. There are times when we feel like we are all burned out &nda...

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Four Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters are currently scheduled before the end of the year, all of them in the Midwest. Illinois The Logan County Catholic Community Parish Council will host an Encounter Saturday, Nov. 12, at Carroll Catholic School, 111 4th St., in Lincoln, IL. Lincoln is located between Bloomington a...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. There’s a lot involved in learning how to be an S3 Jesus-like Leader. Among other things it involves developing the heart, head, hands and habits of a servant leader. Adopting the habits alone can take months. Developing a servant’s heart requires the commitment of a lifetime.   There are al...

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The Yeshua Institute is offering two opportunities this fall to learn how to be a Jesus-like Leader in every context -- at work, at home, in your community, in your parish, or anywhere else you wish to influence other people. Registration for the program in Houston, TX, next week has closed, but there is still time to register for the ...

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  Of course you want respect. Everybody does. And every organization does better as its participants learn to respect one another more. Leaders, especially, need to show respect if they want to get it. And it is important – not just to the leaders but to their organizations as well – that they are respected. It&rsqu...

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You still have two opportunities this fall to learn how to be a Jesus-like Leader at work, at home, in your community, in your parish – or anywhere else you ever wish to influence other people. The Yeshua Institute is offering Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters in Houston, TX, in October, and in Lincoln, IL, in Nov...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. I hate to say it ... but it must be said. Leaders need to provide feedback – often and consistently. Why do I hesitate to mention a key leadership behavior – a service required of effective leaders no matter whether they are leading at home, at work, in their communities or in their parishes? My ...

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From Living Faith at Work (used with permission) One of the characteristics of our American culture is to be critical and judgmental about just about everything. Sometimes we may be blind to our own flaws and very eagle-eyed about flaws, real or imagined, in others. Jesus’s statement about not seeing the beam in our eye as we poi...

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Fred Goff, CEO of Jobcase, a firm devoted to helping people without college degrees find work, says success in business is all about applying the Golden Rule. Despite the assumptions of many people, the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – does not actually appear in the Bible. Nev...

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LaRae Quy spent 24 years as an undercover and counterintelligence agent for the FBI. In those posts she not only had to deal with two frequent hobgoblins of personal and organizational effectiveness -- risk and uncertainty – she also had to cope with outright deception. It’s not the kind of work you can do day in and day ou...

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If you want to be an effective team leader, Patricia Lotich, founder of the consulting company Smart Church Management, has some advice. Lotich, who has an MBA and is a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence through the American Society for Quality, says there are six skills you need to work on and 11 resp...

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You still have two opportunities this fall to learn how to be a Jesus-like Leader at work, at home, in your community, in your parish – or anywhere else you ever wish to influence other people. The Yeshua Institute is offering Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters in Houston, TX, in October, and in Lincoln, IL, in Nov...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. I’m often dismayed by how little organizations learn from one another. Often, leaders actually choose ignorance with more than a little dose of self-righteousness. People in nonprofit organizations insist they can’t learn from for-profit organizations because they are so cutthroat in nature. Pe...

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Fall will be a busy time for the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute, with public programs scheduled in three states before Thanksgiving. If you’re interested in learning how to be a Jesus-like S3 Leader, the programs are open to the public. Consider attending one of them – and bring a friend or colleague. ...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Don’t you just love those “clean slate” moments in life? I think back to my first day in a new town or at a new school. I didn’t know anyone. I didn’t have any obligations. No one was waiting for me to work or play with them. I was really free. And each time I learned how very r...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. I have a friend -- I’ll call him John -- who was a stockbroker for several years but finally cut himself loose and went back to doing what he had loved doing most in his professional life – coaching and counseling high school students. The change came with a huge cut in pay. While he was never mo...

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Fall will be a busy time for the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute, with public programs planned in three states before Thanksgiving. If you’re interested in learning how to be a Jesus-like S3 Leader, all but one of the programs on our fall schedule are open to the public. Hope to see you at one of them. Sept....

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  Do you recall those sibling fights when your only defense to a stern parent was: “He (or she) hit me first”? As we all know by now, that’s not a very good defense – certainly not good enough to get us off the hook with a conscientious parent. But that flimsy excuse does have one virtue: it acknowled...

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Late summer and fall are shaping up to be busy times for the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute, with programs planned in five states before Thanksgiving. If you’re interested in learning how to be a Jesus-like S3 Leader, several of the programs are open to the public and may appeal to you: Aug. 16, Rockford, I...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. I wasn’t expecting it at all. Neither was anyone else in the room. I was teaching the principles of S3 Jesus-like Leadership to a class in a diocese’s Ministry Formation program, and we were trying to get a handle on the qualities and behaviors that the very best leaders show. To round out our pi...

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David Greer, former co-owner and president of Robelle, a global software firm, notes that many leaders are forever encouraging their charges to “do your best.” But Greer believes that most people are usually doing their best – in fact, that’s the problem. Their best just isn’t good enough. Or, put another ...

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John Baldoni, a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and author of more than a dozen books, offers a 2-minute video tune-up on the importance of leaders being good listeners. It’s the kind of quick, basic but important information you’ll want to take in yourself and also recomm...

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By Dick Kunnert This past spring I was asked to facilitate a small group book study of Owen Phelps’ The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus: Introducing Sᶟ Leadership – Servant, Steward, Shepherd. The time frame would be four Tuesday nights in May. We would meet for 90 minutes in the church basement. We publicized the...

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After almost 20 years as executive chairman and board member at Yum! Brands, David Novak stepped down in May to devote his professional life to preaching the Gospel of Recognition. It’s a huge step. Yum! brands is the restaurant and food franchise behemoth that owns KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell. It has nearly 43,000 restaurants in m...

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  Late summer and fall are shaping up to be busy times for the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute, with public programs planned in four states. If you’re interested in learning how to be a Jesus-like S3 Leader, some of the programs listed below are open to the public and may appeal to you: Aug. 16, Rock...

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In our last issue (July 6), we referred to the fact that we never see any Catholic entities listed on “Best Employers” or “Top 10 Places to Work” list – despite the fact that the church is committed to teaching and presumably modeling “behaviors that are pro-life, affirm human dignity and acknowledge th...

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Leadership literature is giving a lot of attention these days to the concept of engagement – just how committed people are to their work tasks. And a lot of the news is not good. Various studies find that a majority of people are not engaged at work and, as a result, are not as productive as they could be – and not nearly a...

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Effective July 1, the Archdiocese of Chicago began offering 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its staff. We have no idea how common this policy is among archdioceses and dioceses, but a priest in the Chicago archdiocese says it’s rare. That’s too bad, because we think it’s praiseworthy and would be happy to see it be...

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Julie Winkle Giulioni offers a bracing analogy for leaders who are truly interested in developing the potential of their followers – whether those followers are employees, volunteers or your own children. Giulioni, coauthor of Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want, says developing others “is l...

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Dan Rockwell, who blogs under the title Leadership Freak and is a co-author of The Character Based Leader, says there are six signs of successful leadership. Teams respect and leverage each other’s talent.  Management has focus. Teammates believe they matter. Individuals feel safe enough to try new things. Or...

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  Some will say that being successful in business is all about focusing on shareholder value. The interests of other stakeholders –employees and their families, customers or clients, communities, vendors and creditors, for example – are secondary at best. Others say success in business is about balancing the interes...

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  It was early in the days of personal computers. Word processing and spreadsheets were common applications among early adopters. But computer-to-computer communication was in its infancy and no one had a web browser yet. Enterprising school administrators were getting their first computers, but computer labs in most schools were ...

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When we talk about being a Jesus-like Leader, we say it is a matter of aligning four things: Heart; Head; Hands; and, Habits. Recently, Lead Like Jesus co-founder Ken Blanchard suggested in a non-religious context that we should try to make servant leadership a habit. Knowing that servant leadership works, why don&rsqu...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute My mom was an incredible woman. After she gave me life, she nurtured me physically and emotionally for as long as she lived. As time passed she also gave life to nine more children, my siblings. As a tribute to her wisdom, patience, persistence and selfless model of love, the nine of ...

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In the spirit of the old adage “If they give you lemons, make lemonade,” broadcast journalist Shellie Karabell, who has worked for ABC News, PBS, AP Broadcast and CNBC recently offered in Forbes a list of things that good leaders can learn from bad bosses. 1. Mutual respect. She learned its importance from a boss who never ...

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  Among our ever endless quests for silver bullets to solve all our problems, many leaders want to know the secret to leading millennials – that huge phalanx of people born roughly between 1980 and 2000. Google HR chief Laszlo Bock, who hires a ton of millennials, says there is no silver bullet – although the tempta...

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We’ve become a big fan of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) and its cofounder and president, Al Lopus. That’s why we weren’t surprised to find an excellent article by Lopus on the importance of trust and how to build it in Christian organizations on the BCWI website. Trust is a unique thing in the mate...

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In the May 25 issue of The Catholic Leader, we noted that if leaders are focusing primarily on expanding their influence, they are focusing on the wrong thing. Not that there’s anything wrong with wanting to be an influential leader. Indeed, Jesus wanted us to lead with influence. But the way to do that is not by focusing on expa...

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In the May 18 edition of The Catholic Leader, we discussed the importance of leaders being able to delegate – but also noted that not all tasks can or should be delegated. The story included a link to a matrix by Julie Winkle Giulioni outlining which tasks leaders should and should not delegate. Today we share the thoughts of L. ...

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My dad came home from work one day with a story that clearly amazed him. He told us about it at the dinner table. Dad was a pharmaceutical salesman, and on that day he had paid a visit to a physician at a residential facility for seriously mentally ill patients. At the reception desk he was cleared through a locked door with directions...

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  In yet another irony of organizational behavior, as the use of job performance reviews increases, so does the research that questions their effectiveness. I’ve always been something of a skeptic. That is to say, I’ve seen well-designed processes implemented by wise and sensitive supervisors build better, stronger,...

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Many people who want to lead – that is, to influence others – want to influence as many people as possible. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, when it comes to leading like Jesus, he wanted us to influence everyone in the world. But if your focus is on expanding your influence, you’ve put the cart befo...

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  In many places – including both work environments and families -- leaders act like questions are a problem. I have one friend who grew up in a home where the children were told – seriously – to speak only when spoken to. Is it any wonder he had to work hard to be outgoing and forthcoming in adulthood? Ano...

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For 30 years I worked as head of an office for a Catholic Diocese. Many of my co-workers marveled that I had such good access and got along so well with the bishops who employed me. One of the reasons is that I really liked all three of the ones I worked for, despite the major differences in their personalities and leadership styles. ...

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Don’t get me wrong: I’m a big believer in delegation. Even if at first I didn’t understand the virtue of it, I quickly came to understand its necessity. My first management experience was as head of a moribund chain of community newspapers. Our company bought it with great expectations. After years of virtually no gro...

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  At our Encounters, we like to explore the fact that people are more effective if their view of the world corresponds to reality. And the reality is that the world is not only very interactive, it is also incredibly interdependent. Thus we -- the people who inhabit this world -- are interdependent as well. This is an essent...

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  When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all fi...

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A recent story in Business Insider says the average Chick-fil-A restaurant generates three times the revenue of the average KFC restaurant. Both focus on selling chicken, but Chick-fil-A per restaurant sales in 2014 were $3.1 million, compared with $960,000 per KFC restaurant. Actually, Chick-fil-A’s per restaurant sales are t...

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The Yeshua Institute’s video, How Priests Can Avoid Burnout, has attracted more than 100 viewers in the past two months. Featuring veteran pastor and teacher Msgr. Mike Tierney, this video is part of the Yeshua Institute’s series of 4 Minute Tune-ups, dealing with a variety of topics of interest to a variety of audiences. ...

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“A healthcare system which harms the very people who have chosen healing professions is not truly a healthCARE system,” writes Tom Dahlborg on the Dahlborg Healthcare Leadership Blog. His recent blog post, Preventing Harm and Healing the Healer, is a poignant and compelling plea by a healthcare professional who speaks ...

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Mother’s Day is one of two annual reminders to parents about what the most important leadership role in our lives is. The other reminder is Father’s Day. In life’s seemingly continuous and competitive pursuit of opportunity, status and security – all in a very uncertain world -- it’s often easy to lose sig...

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Here’s some good news for leaders of nonprofits and small business enterprises who don’t have a big pile of money to entice and keep people on the team. When it comes to attracting and keeping people, money isn’t everything. I didn’t say “money is nothing.” People have college loans to pay, healthcar...

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Heidi Grant Halvorson asks: “Are you a toxic colleague?” And then, extending her challenge, she asks: “How would you know?” Dr. Halvorson is associate director for the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia University Business School and author of the bestselling Nine Things Successful People Do Diffe...

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Many employers insist that the amounts individual employees are paid must be kept confidential. Many also have at least informal proscriptions against employees discussing their compensation with peers. Often there’s a sound, if self-serving reason for silence. Seldom if ever are compensation packages completely fair and just....

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LEARNING TO LEAD LIKE JESUS -- Several of the 180 seminarians who attended the 2015 Seminarians’ Fraternity Retreat gather around Bishop Paul Ssemwogere, head of the Kasana-Luwero Diocese, site of the gathering. Bishop Ssemwogere spoke on the retreat’s theme, "Called to Lead Like Jesus." How a single copy of a boo...

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Alaina Love says good leaders are stewards of their organizations and “should be champions of the ideas and people who make it run.” Love, COO and president of Purpose Linked Consulting and co-author of The Purpose Linked Organization: How Passionate Leaders Inspire Winning Teams and Great Results, says one enemy of effecti...

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In the Yeshua Institute’s latest video, Jesus: Best Leadership Model and Teacher, Dr. Owen Phelps takes less than four minutes to outline why Jesus is the best leadership model and teacher of all time. Owen notes that empirical evidence continues to pile up that self-serving leaders are not effective leaders over the long-term. ...

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Some years ago our school district’s board took a bold step and hired a woman from out of state to be our new school superintendent. I was elated. Soon I had the opportunity to meet her at a social gathering, and I came away thoroughly impressed and convinced that she was an excellent choice to lead the most important organization i...

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“Amazing bosses try to make work meaningful and enjoyable for employees,” and they do it primarily by adhering to five rules of thumb, says Harvard Business Review (HBR). While none of the rules mention the leadership of Jesus, all of them correspond to the way he led and taught his disciples to lead. Here are the five list...

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A story in the business magazine FastCompany reports that the Marines have made some changes in their boot camp training to increase the engagement of new recruits. No, they haven’t made the boot camp experience even more oppressive. Instead, they’ve added more options, as well as assigned tasks that come without instructio...

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  A recent Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter in Palatine, IL, drew high praise from participants  -- perhaps increasing the appeal of an Encounter scheduled April 28, in Osage, IA at Sacred Heart Parish. Here is a sampling of comments from participants in Palatine: “Excellent presentation ... gre...

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A Lead Like Jesus Jail Ministry founded by Yeshua Institute Fellow, Board Member and Senior Facilitator Dick Kunnert recently celebrated its seventh anniversary. To date the ministry has hosted more than 1,000 Encounter participants – and many of them have reported life-changing transformations as a result of the experience. &...

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If you’re wondering what to do with your life after Easter, Pope Francis has a suggestion for you. You can read his new apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), on Love in the Family.” At 60,000 words and over 250 pages, it should keep people busy for a long, long time – especially if they have...

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A Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter will be held April 28, in Osage, IA at Sacred Heart Parish. People who sign up through their parish can attend at no charge. The cost for others to participate is $79. “Many people don’t think of themselves as leaders, but anytime anyone tries to influence anyone else th...

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“We often forget that behind each disengaged employee is a human being with feelings, and when we don’t communicate with them effectively, people feel underappreciated, disoriented and stressed,” says Daniel Kraft, president and CEO of Sitrion, a software applications firm. And not only that. “In time, these str...

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The deadline to register for a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter on Saturday, April 16, in suburban Chicago is tomorrow, April 7. The Little Sisters of the Poor will be hosting the Encounter at their St. Joseph’s Home in Palatine – and the cost is just $25, less than a third of what the program usually costs....

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There are basically two ways to understand an organization – no matter how large or how small it is. You can see it as a mechanism. Or you can see it as an organism – as a body or an open, living system. For a long time it has been the habit in many places to see organizations as mechanisms. When that happens, we assume ...

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If you care about living Catholic values at work, the place to start is with gratitude. Begin your work day with gratitude. And then end it the same way.  In recent years a host of research has confirmed the real, down-to-earth, empirical value of being grateful. People who take just 20 minutes a week to write down the things f...

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In the Yeshua Institute’s latest video, Making Time for Prayer in Your Busy Life, Dr. Owen Phelps takes just over three minutes to help busy people make time for prayer in their lives. “I won’t tell you how to carve out hours in your day for prayer,” Owen promises. “If you can do that, you already have ove...

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Those who live in the Chicago area have a special opportunity coming their way on Saturday, April 16. The Little Sisters of the Poor will be hosting a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter at their St. Joseph’s Home in Palatine – and the cost is just $25. That’s only about a third of the usual cost of th...

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Did you get up Monday morning a little bummed out that you didn’t make more of Easter? Maybe you could have paid a little more attention at Mass. Maybe you could have visited someone – or at least called them. Did you fail to reach out to a parent, another relative or friend who would have enjoyed hearing from you? ...

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If you’re looking for some helpful tips for how to practice your Catholicism at work without isolating yourself from your work community, you’ve come to the right place. Or at least you are very close – just a click away, to be precise. Living Faith at Work, a wonderful site for lay Catholics trying to integrate th...

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  In the Yeshua Institute’s latest video, Making Time for Prayer in Your Busy Life, Dr. Owen Phelps takes just over three minutes to help busy people make time for prayer in their lives. “I won’t tell you how to carve out hours in your day for prayer,” Owen promises. “If you can do that, you alread...

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  John 20:1-19 (From the Mass of Easter Day) On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,  “They have taken the ...

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  Romans 6:3-11 (From the Epistle for the Easter Vigil Mass) Brothers and sisters: Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too migh...

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  John 19:23-30 (From the Gospel for Good Friday services) When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each soldier. They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top down. So they said to one another, “Let’s no...

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John 13:1-15 (From the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper) Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fu...

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  For those who want to live, love and lead like Jesus, a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter is a great place to start. The 1-day program is a rich mix of videos, live presentations, large and small group discussions and self-discovery exercises that inspire and challenge Catholics to embrace Jesus as their model ...

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In the Yeshua Institute’s latest video, A Giving Parish is a Growing Parish, the Institute’s CEO, Dr. Owen Phelps, shares the story of how a pastor’s vision of generosity helped build a new parish from the ground up. From the start, the new parish’s young pastor insisted that despite the parish’s many need...

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In Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem, “If,” he lays down a series of conditions for manhood. Among them he includes this challenge: “If you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same.” His insight is noteworthy. All too many of us spend way too much of our lives focused on...

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  The Little Sisters of the Poor are inviting the public to participate in a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter April 16 at their St. Joseph’s Home in Palatine, IL, for just a fraction of what the program usually costs. Admission generally runs $50 to $100, depending on the cost of the site, but the Little S...

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  If the term “emotional intelligence” doesn’t mean much to you -- or perhaps is even a new term for you – it’s your lucky day. You’ve just identified a gap it would be good for you to close if you want to be an effective leader. Personally, I recommend you get and read a copy of Daniel Golem...

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  In observance of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, we share with you this fragment from St. Patrick’s Breastplate, a popular prayer often attributed to the saint who is credited with converting Ireland to Christianity. It’s a great little prayer with which to begin the day St. Patrick’s Day – or any...

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  Jim Whitehurst, former COO of Delta Airlines and now president and CEO of Red Hat, a hi-tech company, says there are five ways to cultivate the kind of passion in people that fosters high performance. Yes, he says, in order to build a great organization leaders have to espouse a purpose that transcends the bottom line. &ldquo...

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The Little Sisters of the Poor are hosting a public Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter at their St. Joseph’s Home in Palatine, IL, on Saturday, April 16, the day after the traditional deadline to pay federal income taxes. No matter that the tax deadline has been extended this year – or whether you got a tax re...

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The deadline for a March 18 Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter  in Rockford, IL, has been extended to Thursday, March 10. The Encounter is the Yeshua Institute’s signature 1-day training program where the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus is presented with a rich mix of videos, large and small group discus...

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SportsLeader, a Catholic ministry for coaches and directors of sports ministry based in Louisville, KY, has a question: Why not coach and play sports like Jesus? Here’s the ministry’s argument for making Jesus the model for sports participation: Jesus was tough, selfless, humble, coachable, 100% all in, dedicated, willin...

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  Our friends at Living Faith at Work offer some brief and excellent reflections – and a few self-discovery questions – about the Catholic Vision of Work. “Our Catholic faith/spirituality at its foundation is a way of seeing -- recognizing God's presence in all of life, including work,” they explain....

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The Yeshua Institute’s latest video, How Priests Can Avoid Burnout, is now available on our website. Featuring veteran pastor and teacher Msgr. Mike Tierney, this new video is the latest in the Yeshua Institute’s series of 4 Minute Tune-ups, dealing with a variety of topics of interest to a variety of audiences. In this ...

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Five Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters are scheduled in the near future. All but two open to the public. The Encounter is the Yeshua Institute’s signature 1-day training program where the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus is presented with a rich mix of videos, large and small group discussion, self-discovery...

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The Yeshua Institute’s latest video, Veteran Priest Talks About Building Parish Community, is now available on our website. Featuring veteran pastor, counselor and diocesan administrator Father David Beauvais, it’s the latest in the Yeshua Institute’s series of 4 Minute Tune-ups, dealing with a variety of topics of in...

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  Six Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters are scheduled in the near future, and all but two are open to the public. The Encounter is the Yeshua Institute’s signature 1-day training program where the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus is presented with a rich mix of videos, large and small group discussio...

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I was talking with a friend of mine who is a funeral director the other day and the subject of ties came up. He was wearing one; I wasn’t. “I’m starting to resent it,” he said with a big smile on his face. “I went to the bank and the banker wasn’t wearing a tie. I saw my lawyer and he didn’t ha...

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One of topics discussed at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last month was how the gap in trust between elites and the general population is growing around the world. The authoritative 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer indicates that while the best informed people around the world are trusting NGOs, businesses and government m...

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A recent weekday homily by Pope Francis revived vivid memories of my days teaching junior high students in our parish’s religious education program. As is typical of newly emerging teens in our culture, they were inclined to see the Bible as just one more pious artifact that had little or no relevance to their hip interests and cool...

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Four Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters are scheduled in the near future in Illinois and Iowa. The Encounter is the Yeshua Institute’s signature 1-day training program where the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus is presented with a rich mix of videos, large and small group discussion, self-discovery exercises ...

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The Yeshua Institute’s latest video, Dealing With Difficult People, is now available on our website. Featuring veteran pastor and teacher Msgr. Mike Tierney, it’s the latest in the Yeshua Institute’s series of 4 Minute Tune-ups, dealing with a variety of topics of interest to a variety of audiences. In this video, Msg...

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Five Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters are scheduled in the near future in Illinois and Iowa. With a rich mix of videos, large and small group discussion, self-discovery exercises and live presentations, the Encounter has drawn rave reviews from Catholics in all walks of life in six countries on three continents. You...

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If you’re wondering why you should even bother with Lent this year, consider this: the point of the season is to help us come closer to adopting the heart and mind of Jesus. That would seem pretty elementary if you aspire to be Jesus-like leader. And if that is your aspiration, it’s time to see Lent as an opportunity &nd...

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It’s encouraging to see so many people show up in churches on Ash Wednesday, the fact remains that it’s difficult for busy people to find the time to use the Lenten season well to grow spiritually. We mean well. But as Jesus tells us, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Mt. 26:41). That said, there...

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Our new free Study Guide for Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel is now available for download on the Yeshua Institute’s website. “It’s being published just ahead of Lent so that parish-based and other small groups can make use of it during that season,” said Owen Phelps, Director of th...

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  The Church’s observance of National Marriage Week Feb. 7-13, culminating in World Marriage Day Feb. 14, reminds us that the most important leadership role most persons will ever have is in their home with their spouse and any children they have. That’s true even if you’re the CEO of a vast international cong...

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A Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter  is scheduled in Rockford, IL, on Friday, March 18, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. It joins a list of four Encounters scheduled in the Dubuque (IA) Archdiocese in the next three months. The Encounter is the Yeshua Institute’s signature 1-day training experie...

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We’ve launched a new Video Gallery that makes browsing our catalog of Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus videos much easier. We hope you check it out and find it helpful in your own efforts to be a Jesus-like S3 Leader. We’ve also added a new video about the ecumenical jail ministry supported by the Yeshua Institute and...

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  The hardest part about leading like Jesus is getting one’s heart right. Indeed, it’s a daily and lifelong struggle. We teach that to master Servant Leadership, the first part of S3 Leadership, we have to work on our heart, head, hands and habits. All are important: The head is important  because one has...

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Sprinklr is a company with more than 550 employees, 650 customers and 12 offices across the Americas, Europe and Asia that develops and supports a social media software platform by the same name. Ragy Thomas, its founder and chief executive, attributes much of his success to what he calls his “naive trust” in other people &...

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Four Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters are scheduled in the Dubuque Archdiocese in the next four months. The Encounter is the Yeshua Institute’s signature 1-day training experience to teach people how to be S3 Jesus-like Leaders. Anytime anyone tries to influence anyone else, they are taking on the role of lead...

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  Although Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, doesn’t arrive until Feb. 10, it’s not too early to begin planning for how you will try to make the most of this annual period of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In many parishes the materials for special small group gatherings were selected and ordered months ago. But...

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Administrators, faculty, staff and volunteer leaders in the nation’s 6,568 Catholic elementary and secondary schools are about to get extra busy – because National Catholic Schools Week 2016 begins Sunday, Jan. 31, and continues through Saturday, Feb. 6. The theme of this year’s observance is Catholic Schools: Communi...

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Yes, Lent is still almost three weeks away. But if you or your parish is looking for Lenten small group study materials, we might be able to serve you. We’ll be publishing a free 6-week study guide on Pope Francis’ widely acclaimed apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). It will be available by the ...

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  This morning I just finished reading Fast Company magazine’s “Twenty Predictions for the New 20 Years” (Dec. 2015 - Jan. 2016, pp. 14-20).   In a nutshell, they’re both exciting and terrifying. Most, of course, center around rapid changes in technology – especially communications technolo...

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A 1-day Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter will be offered in Dubuque, IA in February. It’s one of four scheduled in the Dubuque Archdiocese in the next few months. We’re all leaders some of the time, so our choice in life is not whether or not we will be a leader. Our only choice is what kind of leader we ...

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If you are trying to lead like Jesus, you inevitably face the task of trying to love like Jesus. And the good news is -- when you do, you are not alone. Indeed, you’ll find good company – and fine guidance -- with John and Therese Boucher’s new book, Mending Broken Relationships, Building Strong Ones: Eight Ways to Lo...

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If you’re looking for a model Catholic leader today, you might want to consider Tom Coughlin, who retired last week as head coach of the New York Giants. He wasn’t perfect. If he was -- even by the narrow standard of wins and losses -- he would probably still be their coach. His 12-year tenure included two Super Bowl ...

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Five of the Yeshua Institute’s 1-day Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter training programs will be offered in the Dubuque Archdiocese in the next four months. Why care about leadership if you don’t have a prominent position somewhere? Easy! Anytime we try to influence anyone else, we are taking on the role o...

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Pope Francis didn’t wait for the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity to begin next Monday. Getting a jump on that observance, he addressed the topic of Christian unity at a prayer service in St. Paul’s Basilica in Rome Sunday, Jan. 10, attended by Orthodox and Anglican dignitaries. "So many past controversies ...

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If you’re interested in learning how to get more volunteers in your parish, you’ll want to watch the newest in our series of 4 Minute Tune-up videos. “How to Get Volunteers” is the title of the new video by Msgr. Mike Tierney, a veteran pastor and teacher who is part of the Yeshua Institute team and has years of...

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If you’re a subscriber to The Catholic Leader, when your next issue arrives this Wednesday, Jan. 13, you will notice that we are still tinkering with the format. Our goal is to serve you and the worldwide Catholic community better. We received several compliments when The Catholic Leader switched to a clean, simple format a co...

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The Yeshua Institute’s 1-day Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter training program will be offered five times in the Dubuque Archdiocese in the next four months. Anytime anyone tries to influence anyone else, they are taking on the role of leader. So all of us are called to be leaders some of the time. Leadership is n...

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Anyone with more than a passing familiarity with their church and culture knows that a lot of the news about individual religious participation and parish vitality isn’t good these days. Across the developed world: Mass attendance is down – in some places precipitously. The numbers of people being baptized, married ...

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Dan McCarthy, director of Executive Development Programs at the University of New Hampshire, offers a quick, handy checklist of 10 ideas to help us grow as leaders in 2016. There’re all good ideas. But as he says, all too often the best intentions we have at the start of the year quickly wash out into a sea of fatigue and apathy ...

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Yes, it’s still early in the year and Lent is more than four weeks away. But if you or your parish is looking for Lenten small group study materials, we’ve got two modest suggestions: We’ll be publishing a free 6-week study guide on Pope Francis’ widely acclaimed apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The J...

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In The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus, we suggest nine habits to help you stay on track as a Jesus-like S3 Leader. The first three are: Practice solitude Pray daily Read scripture often Last issue we suggested you pick one of the nine to focus on in 2016. But as it turns out, you can address all three of the habits ...

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A good way to start of the New Year is to spend a little quiet time reading Pope Francis’ message for the celebration of World Day of Peace, which is observed universally in the Church on New Year’s Day. “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace” is the title of the pope’s message, which begins by noting: &ldqu...

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If you’re jotting down a list of New Year’s Resolutions – or have resolved to do it in the next few days – we’d like to suggest one to help you grow in 2016. Decide to focus on one of the habits – just one – that we propose to Catholics who want to be better Jesus-like Leaders. In The Cathol...

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You don’t need help making New Year’s Resolutions, do you? Anybody can do that. But you problem could use some help keeping them. Doesn’t everybody need that? Well, it’s true that some of us have more self-discipline than others. But it’s also true that trying to achieve new goals or develop new, health...

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The opportunity to get a 2015 tax deduction for your donation to the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute ends at midnight Thursday, Dec. 31. “We hope everyone who hasn’t yet had an opportunity to contribute will do so before the end of the calendar year,” said Owen Phelps, the Institute’s CEO. ...

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Bishop Paul Ssemwogere is flanked by some of the seminarians learning how to be Jesus-like Leaders. What brings about 180 seminarians from five major seminaries representing all 19 dioceses in Uganda together right before Christmas? The opportunity to learn more about being Jesus-like S3 Leaders. The occasion was Uganda’s a...

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  This past week, under the sponsorship of the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute, about 180 students from five major seminaries representing all 19 dioceses in Uganda met to learn how to be Jesus-like S3 Leaders. Watch for more coverage in next week’s Catholic Leader.  

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  We don’t want celebration of the great holyday of Christmas to pass without offering a gift to you, our dear readers – and to anyone else with whom you want to share these gifts. We’d like to express our affection for you with two gifts – one especially for priests and the other especially for laity (a...

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By Fr. Eugene Hemrick Yeshua Institute Fellow, Director of the National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood Today’s ecological programs are abundant, creative and inspirational. To name just a few: wind farms, solar panels, energy saving devices, recycling, roof top gardens, streamlined waste management, rain gard...

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  In a phrase, our work at the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute is “building a better church.” And by “church” we don’t just mean the institutional church. We’re talking about the entire People of God, lay and clergy alike. The vision that drives our work day in and day out ...

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  We encountered a glitch last week when we announced release of a new video of tips for better homilies as part of our new “Four Minute Tune-up” series of videos. Many of you saw two headlines announcing the release of ”Tips for Better Homilies” by Msgr. Mike Tierney. But clicking on either of them took...

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  Business organizations can learn from educational organizations. Health care organizations can learn from – and teach – both of them. Government departments can learn from business, and large and small businesses can learn from government agencies – and from each other. For special example of how one kind of...

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  I vaguely recall a time in my early Catholic years when I was really, really relieved by what I learned in a religion class. That was the day I realized that while I would have to memorize all 10 commandments, I had to worry only about keeping nine of them. That first one – “I am the Lord your God: you shall no...

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The Yeshua Institute’s new video series, “Four Minute Tune-ups,” adds a new title this week: "Tips for Better Homilies” by Msgr. Mike Tierney. Msgr. Mike is a veteran pastor and professor whose bishop called him out of retirement in 2015 to lead a parish whose pastor suddenly and unexpectedly retired. Befor...

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The vision that drives our work day in and day out is very ambitious: “Every Catholic in every walk of life leads like Jesus — as servant, steward and shepherd.” Imagine what our homes, our workplaces, our communities and our parishes would be like if this vision is ever realized. Think of the pain and agony that woul...

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“All the skill in the world won’t compensate for a stingy heart.” - Dan Rockwell Leadership guru Dan Rockwell lists 25 key attitudes and behaviors that every effective leader needs to embrace. But he says there is one more important than any of these: generosity. And he says there are four things you need to be generous:...

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When Owen and Jane Phelps arrived at Jeanne Jugan Residence, the Little Sisters of the Poor’s home in Newark, DE, for an Encounter on Nov. 11, they had no inkling of the reunion that awaited them. But just before the Encounter began, one of the sisters from their St. Martin’s Home in Baltimore told Owen that their chaplain sai...

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  From Independent Catholic News Pope Francis addressed 7000 members of the Union of Italian Christian Business Executives in the Paul VI Hall Saturday, Oct. 31, and told them that companies can become places of holiness. The Union brings together Catholic entrepreneurs who set themselves the goal of being the architects for...

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This first week of Advent is the perfect time to launch our new outreach – the Weekly Catholic Leader. Advent marks the start of a new church year. The word means “coming". It’s a time to focus on the coming of our savior -- incongruously in the person of a tiny, helpless and poor little child received into the h...

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My oldest daughter, who is a partner in one of the Big Four accounting firms, recently gifted me with some wisdom that is very timely in this season of Thanksgiving.   Did you know that research shows that employees who feel they are regularly recognized and appreciated by their leaders report 53% higher focus, 58% higher engageme...

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We all celebrated Thanksgiving. Then many of us capped off our celebration by jumping into Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. That was followed by Small Business Saturday, where we were asked to combine our Christmas shopping chores with a special concern for the goods and services offered by small businesses. After ge...

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At our 1-day Encounters, where we introduce people to the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus with a transformational experience of live presentations, videos, large and small group discussions and personal discovery exercises, we always give participants the last word. The only report card we issue is a form that asks participants ...

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  I walked into a pub in a college town recently and looked around. In one corner was a guy all by himself, focused on the contents of his laptop’s screen. Near the middle of a room, an older man held court at the end of a table, flanked on each side by three young men of college age. All seven of them were sitting behind la...

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  I found myself at a junior tackle championship game this past Saturday because my granddaughter Anna, a second grader, wanted to see her friends play and compete for the league title. And yes, as it turned out, she also wanted to play with her girlfriends on the sidelines during the game. It’s safe to say she was not a ...

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  It was the spring of my sophomore year in college ... a long, long time ago. I was married and living off campus. We survived on about $35 a week, including $80 a month for rent and utilities. A dollar bought more back then, but things were still very tight. Then a letter arrived from my college. I needed to send a $100 deposit ...

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  Chances are you’re familiar with the nine habits we endorse in S3 Leadership. Well now comes H3 Leadership – where Brad Lomenick comes up with three questions he says every leader ask to ask himself or herself, as well as 20 habits leaders need to cultivate. Although Lomenick’s approach is mostly secular,...

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  Catholic News Service recently reported on the experience of Jesuit Father Hernan Paredes, who in the early 1980s had a roommate who “was ready to do our laundry, ready to cook for us ... ready to embrace us, cry with us.” If you guessed that his roommate in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was also his superior and went ...

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Welcome to our new website. We’re really excited about it and we hope you share our excitement. If you’re a frequent visitor we know it will take you a little time to find your way around – just as it’s taking us a little time too. But we think the look and power of this new site is worth a little time getting u...

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  I would rather fix my attention on one fault that I had committed than on all the evil that might be said of me. – St. Ignatius of Loyola A woman, Isabel Roser, once wrote to St. Ignatius because she was troubled by criticism from her neighbors. She and her husband were generous givers. But that prompted their neighbo...

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  Joel Garfinkle, writing for the SmartBlog on Leadership, says losing good people is usually not the result on underpaying them. Usually the reason they leave is because of “the environment at work.”  The executive coach and author of “Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level,&rdquo...

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  Dr. Michael Cieslak, a Yeshua Fellow and Director of Research & Planning for the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, has produced a new training video called Foundational Principles of Parish Pastoral Councils. The 42-minute video outlines:   the various purposes of parish pastoral councils; norms they adopt to ac...

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  When Bob De Lorenzo left El Tesoro de los Angeles Retreat Center in Woodland Park a year ago, he took with him a passion for helping others learn to be Jesus-like S3 Leaders. He had just spent two days participating in a Catholic Leading Like Jesus Encounter and Facilitator Training, and he was eager to share the experience with...

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  The Catholic vision for leading like Jesus stresses that Jesus-like, selfless S3 leadership inspires great loyalty to mission. In contrast, self-serving leaders inevitably, if inadvertently, encourage their followers to mimic their self-serving behaviors — and then no one is looking after the mission. Jesus’ patie...

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  If you’re interested in leading like Jesus and in helping others to do so too, you may want to download a free a document offered by the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization is a 31-page PDF file that can assist yo...

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  "Nothing should be said to lessen the good name of others, or to complain about them," St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, advised his followers. Obviously, he was setting the bar plenty high. And some of us might wonder if we would be doomed to a life of silence if we and all our friends consistently fo...

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  Chery Gegelman, president of Giana Consulting, tells a story dating back to her first days of trying to make herself at home in a large corporation after working for nonprofits and small businesses. The transition was challenging. She felt very inadequate. But then the CEO of a client firm wrote a note to her regional manager, c...

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  The latest edition of the prestigious CARA Report highlights research conducted by Dr. Michael Cieslak, a Fellow of the Yeshua Institute, on why people both leave and return to the Catholic Church. Dr. Cieslak's paper, Why People Leave the Catholic Church and Why They Return: Data from the 'Catholics Come Home' On...

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  Create in me, O God, a pure heart; give me a new and steadfast spirit. Psalm 51:12 By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute This verse, from the readings at Mass on Ash Wednesday, remind us of the paramount consideration in leading, living and loving as S3 Jesus-like leaders....

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Dr. Dan Ebener, author of Servant Leadership Models for Your Parish (Paulist, 2010), has been installed as a Fellow of the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute. Dr. Ebener is a professor of organizational leadership for St. Ambrose University, acts as Director of Stewardship and Parish Planning for the Diocese of Dav...

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BREAKING BREAD - Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga shares lunch and conversation with Father Dave Beauvais (to his left), Dick Kunnert (across the table) and priests of the Kampala Archdiocese during a seminar designed to help the priests become more Jesus-like leaders.  By Dick Kunnert Senior Fellow, Yeshua Catholic Internat...

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We all know Jesus told us to “love your neighbor as yourself.” So it shouldn’t be too much to expect Christians to respect everyone they meet. But St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, realized that respect is more than just a matter of the heart. That’s why he instructed his followers not only to resp...

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  People who take the time to gratefully reflect on their lives just once a year on Thanksgiving Day are cheating themselves — and scientists are proving it. One of those scientists — but by no means the only one — is Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D, who is author of Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happie...

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  Everyone has heard the story of how Thomas Edison regarded failure. Asked how he could keep pursuing invention of a successful light bulb after he had failed again and again, he replied: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." If attitude counts for anything, his attitude about fail...

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  Art Markman, a professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Texas at Austin, executive editor of the journal Cognitive Science and a member of the editorial board of Cognitive Psychology, says: "Innovative ideas emerge when people are able to apply their knowledge to new problems." He offers five suggesti...

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  According to one of his secretaries, St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, had a four step process for making sound decisions. First, he carefully considered each matter before deciding it. He was not one to rush to judgment. Second, he prayed quite a bit about the decision and opened himself to the wisdom and wi...

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  Some people argue that no one can motivate another person, but that claim is probably more a matter of semantics than substance. Anyone who can recall working harder for one teacher than others way back in grade school has some sense that one person's behavior can, in fact, inspire greater effort and achievement in others. ...

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  Writing in Decision Making, Leadership, Learning, Kevin Eikenberry says raises questions about when a leader should call a meeting to reach a decision. He distinguishes between four kinds of decision-making processes: Independent — the leader makes it alone, so no meeting is required — except, perhaps, to annou...

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  According to a study conducted by Dr. K. Anders Ericcson and published in the Psychological Review, the key to great success is not plugging away 10 or 12 hours a day, but working harder in short bursts of time. Timothy Ferriss probably carried it to an extreme in his New York Times bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek, but 4-hour ...

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St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, wanted to keep life simple and properly focused for his followers. Thus, he advised them: "In every good choice ... our intention must be simple. I must consider only the end for which I am created — that is, for the praise of God our Lord and for the salvation of my soul: Hence, ...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Writing for Entrepreneur, Carol Tice identifies five types of bosses who drive people crazy — and also drive them out the door, creating a costly mix of high turnover and low productivity. Of course, the situation is hardly as toxic as the one depicted in the new movi...

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  You may mean well but are distracted by other things. Or you may not even realize that you are not giving someone else your undivided attention. But your body language speaks volumes. And if it doesn't communicate that you're interested, you'll undermine the collaboration you probably want and certainly need to lead ...

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  St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, had a message for his followers that is worth recalling in a time that often worships instant gratification and self-indulgence. He reassured his followers that when they took time to study and grow, they were still serving their neighbor because they were increasing their capac...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute In the last issue of The Catholic Leader, we offered eight tips for building trust in the workplace. The eighth one was "demonstrate competence." Under that rubric we wrote: "People with real expertise inspire trust and exercise influence whether they want to...

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  People looking to stay on track as an S3 Leader will want to consider an ancient meditative practice called "Lectio divina." Don't let the Latin turn you off, says Trappist Brother Simeon Leiva. Brother Leiva, a Scripture scholar and monk at St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, MA, says it's an ideal way to un...

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  St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, advised his followers to always listen carefully and critically before speaking — and to avoid flying off the handle in the course of discussions. He wrote: "Be slow to speak, and only after having first listened quietly, so that you may understand the meanings, leanings...

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  It’s easy to pile praise on others if they are the least bit competent. Generally, our biggest impediment is just being too busy to notice the praiseworthy behavior or, when we notice it, to stop and laud it. Criticism is another matter. Generally it’s difficult to criticize another — unless their behavior mak...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute In all the material world, there is nothing quite like trust. It is the grease that lubricates relationships and makes effective human interaction possible. It is the glue that holds organizations of all sizes and purposes together. Generally speaking, the more tr...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute When I was a kid, Lent was all about giving up things. Initially, I competed with my classmates to come up with the most awe-inspiring sacrifice. it was especially important to do better than the girls, who seemed to have more of a gift for such things. If someone gave up o...

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  A good bit of leadership today is exercised in the context of teams. There are, of course, the deliberate cross-functional teams so common in business settings. But even when our purposeful groups go by other names — families, parishes, service clubs or diocesan offices — the chief characteristic they share is that t...

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  When we hear the word "charity," we often think of making a donation. That's appropriate — especially during Lent, when one of the three things we are to focus on is almsgiving. Charity also can be understood in a broader sense — as when we are generous with our time and talents as much as with our t...

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  Although effective teams are generally small — no larger than a dozen and often smaller than that — there are nine roles that a prudent leader will try to cover in assembling his or her team, according to Stephen R.* Robbins. They are: Creator-innovator — initiates creative ideas; typically independent, p...

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Today's world is full of people with ever shorter attention spans trying to respond to an ever growing volume of messages. We're expected to do more things with less help in less time — and all the while, be ever more responsive in an increasingly cluttered and complex communications environment. Multi-tasking isn'...

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St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, seemed to be anticipating the climate of America's political and social discourse when he put pen to hand in the 16th century and wrote: "In your dealings with all, be slow to speak and say little, especially with your equals or subordinates. Be ready to listen for long periods a...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute A professor leading an orientation program for new doctoral students was trying to explain the concept of “systems.” She started with a question: “Is an airplane full of passengers a system?” From the back of the roo...

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  We all know Jesus told us to “love your neighbor as yourself.” So it shouldn’t be too much to expect Christians to respect everyone they meet. But St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, realized that respect is more than just a matter of the heart. That’s why he instructed his followers not on...

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  If you’re looking for a thin, light-hearted, easy to digest but helpful book on leadership, you won’t go wrong picking up a copy of The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus: How to Get Big Things Done in Your Workshop All Year Long. At just 94 pages, it’s not hard to pack or to plow through if you happen to be ...

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  Writing for the Financial Post, author and consultant Carol Kinsey Goman says increasing collaboration and building effective teams should be a concern for leaders because: it’s essential for organizational success today, and, the requisite “culture in which everyone pulls together can only come from the top....

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  William Johnson has run H.J. Heinz, the $10 billion food company, since 1998 after coming up through the ranks overseeing various Heinz product lines. In an interview in Newsweek earlier this year, he indicated that micromanaging is not the way to lead people. But he admitted that it took him a while to learn how to be a top ...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute Many of us in leadership roles believe we’re pretty good at what we do, we value our people, we are familiar with their wants and needs, and we go out of our way to meet them. Ironically, part of delivering on our leadership aspiratio...

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After the Jesuits in Coimbra, Portugal, had established many vibrant apostolates, St. Ignatius had a concern. He was afraid their success would lead to complacency. If that happened, all their hard work and graces would ultimately accomplish nothing. He wrote to them in a tone that makes it seem as if they were on the brink of disaster...

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  Tis the season when our thoughts turn to blessings and the importance of generosity. Two holidays this month — National Philanthropy Day and Thanksgiving Day — help focus our attention. But preparations for Christmas and end-of-the-year tax planning can also draw our gaze to matters of giving. National Philanth...

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  When it comes to delegating and growing good people, a leader is always faced with a delicate balancing act. One the one hand, if you don't give people some opportunities to take responsibility, they will never grow — and the best and brightest will leave you to find more fertile places to grow. On the other ha...

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  Near the end of a Catholic Leading Like Jesus Encounter, participants view a short video about a Catholic Charities program in New Orleans that takes young people out of incarceration and off the streets and helps their put their lives on track. Eventually, they learn how to make a living in the hospitality industry. Called C...

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Most of us are frantically conscious of how we have to hoard time. After all, how else are we going to get anything done? St. Ignatius advised his charges to take another approach. "In business matters, be generous with your time; that is, if you can, do today what you promise for tomorrow." Lest you think these are the ot...

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  Peter Block’s quote above puts us of a mind to mention a basic principle of the Lead Like Jesus Movement and S3 Leadership: Effective leadership begins on the inside. Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges, founders of the Lead Like Jesus Movement, made that point very early in their book Lead Like Jesus: Lessons from the Greate...

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  How to Win Friends and Influence People is the title of a best-selling back by Dale Carnegie published way back in 1937. But St. Ignatius of Loyola was addressing that same subject centuries ago. And all the talk today about “customer-centered” enterprises would not have been alien to the founder of the Jesuits. ...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute At various times in our lives, we’ve all suffered the slings and arrows of difficult change. Maybe a move forced us to change schools and reluctantly leave dear friends behind. Maybe it was heading off to college. Love notwithstanding...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute In a fascinating Harvard Business Review blog post, Bill Taylor, co-founder of Fast Company magazine, says the key to high performing organizations is recognizing that culture matters. And in an organizational culture, love matters most. ...

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  Father Antonio Brandao, a Portuguese Jesuit, once submitted a list of 15 questions about the spiritual life to St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. The sixth question asked what method of meditation was the best. Ignatius replied by recommending the constant practice of seeking the presence of God. Here's wh...

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A new book appeared this month which offers the first extensive empirical data regarding the role of servant leadership in creating and sustaining vibrant parishes. Servant Leadership Models for Your Parish by Dan R. Ebener, Ph.D., reports on two studies conducted in the Diocese of Davenport (IA), where Ebener works part-time as the di...

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St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, knew what "overload" meant. Recognizing that it's easy for us to get so wrapped up in what we're doing that we forget why we're doing it, here's what he told his followers in the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus: "Make diligent efforts to keep your inte...

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  Every organization likes to think of itself as effective and innovative, but you don't have to be the latest reincarnation of Einstein to realize that's not true very often. Especially when it comes to being innovative, virtually all organizations could do better — and most could do a lot better. The problem is ...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute In the last issue of The Catholic Leader, we discussed some of the problems that arise in compliance cultures — where leadership sends the message that the chief expectation of followers is that they do only what they are told to do. ...

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Some things never change. Writing 500 years ago, St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, acknowledged that his followers often had difficulty finding time to pray. Although he insisted on the importance of making some time for prayer, he also offered another suggestion: Make your work your prayer. He advised people that if t...

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Writing 500 years ago, St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, had some timely advice for us on the threshold of a new year and a new decade in a still new century. He insisted that just as any goal can motivate us, the higher goal of serving God should motivate Christians much more than baser motives like money and fame motivate ...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute Many leaders think their primary task is to get people to do what they want them to do. In a word, their goal is compliance. Compliance has its place. In every aspect of life, there are some things that must be done and some that can’t be done....

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic Leadership Institute When it comes to the popular notion that highly-effective leaders are charismatic figures, I've got good news and better news for you. First, the good news. It's not true that people who have what passes for charisma in our society — good looks and a...

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  Leaders need to know themselves — their focus and their bias. And to be effective they have to transcend these natural tendencies. That's the word from Gill Corkindale, an executive coach and writer based in London. He says that leaders tend to be either "In Leaders" or "Out Leaders." The former ...

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God will not be outdone in generosity. For the sake of our salvation, He gave His only Son. God holds nothing back. To imitate Him, we must give as He gives. Aware of God's generosity, St. Ignatius taught his followers this prayer: Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not count the cost, to fight and not he...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute In The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus, we describe how a true servant leader recognizes that each human being is unique, and if we want to contribute to a person's development, we have to build a relationship with them that is inti...

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We need to use the gifts God gave us It's clear that Jesus sets the bar very high when he speaks of our potential. At one point he tells his disciples: "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Mt 5:48) At another point he tells them: "Whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, an...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute The new football season is a great time to consider the question: What difference does leadership make? Considering the number of multimillion dollar contracts being awarded to college and professional coaches alike, some of America's most...

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  Brian Vogrinc in Rockford, IL, and Randy Hain in Roswell, GA, have three things in common. Both are Catholic laymen. Both are professionals in the executive search business. And both are using their professional skills in their parishes to assist people who are unemployed. Randy, managing partner of Bell Oaks Executive Search...

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One thing hasn't changed since the 1500s when St. Ignatius of Loyola impressed upon his young students the urgency of their mission. He said the world needs them because Christian witness was all too rare in the world. He wrote: "If you recognize this obligation and wish to employ yourselves in promoting God's honor, the time...

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  We knew a man once who confessed that he didn’t like being a parent. We asked him why. He said it always made him feel like a failure. We asked him for specifics. “Because my kids never do anything the first time I tell them to,” he said of his four children, all under 10 years of age. He contrasted his role...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute [LINK: www.YeshuaLeader.com] Recall Douglas McGregor’s classic distinction between the assumptions of Theory X and Theory Y leaders: Theory X Leaders assume that people are generally lazy, don’t want to assume responsibility,...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute Two dramatic illustrations of selfless leadership have commanded front page headlines in recent months. We’re talking about the examples of U.S. Airways Captain Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger and Captain Richard Phillips of the U.S.-flagge...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute A reader who has worked in Catholic ministry for more than 25 years recently wrote: “For your next issue of The Catholic Leader, would you consider doing a follow-up to the article ‘The Role of Humility in Fostering Effective Liste...

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  10 Prayer Pointers for busy people From Sister Mary Ann Walsh USCCB Dept. of Communications Long moments when you’re put on hold or stuck in traffic might be God-given moments for prayer.  That’s what Sheila Garcia, wife, mother, commuter and associate director at the U.S. Bishops’ Secretariat fo...

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  In a recent edition of Leadership Excellence, Mark Murphy, chairman and CEO of Leadership IQ and co-author of Leading on the Edge of Chaos, reports on a study of that came up with five top reasons why CEOs get fired. We don’t have to be CEOs to benefit from his conclusions, which we present here with out own comments. 1...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute Perhaps it seems insane to be talking about hiring now when the headlines are monopolized by reports of layoffs, plant closings and corporate bankruptcies. But when the economy picks up and people are hiring again, they will be too busy to ref...

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  Joseph Scordato is a Senior Project Engineer and Six Sigma Master Pilot at Taylor Company, a division of Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, Inc in Rockton, IL. He and his wife, Maureen, have 5 children. Their family is active at St. Peter Church and School in South Beloit, IL. Both Joseph and his wife are Secular Franciscans and ...

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  By Phil Hodges Co-founder of the Lead Like Jesus movement “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” James 1:2-3 (NRSV) "All news is good news in Jesus Christ." Charlie “Tremen...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director Tough times present servant leaders with a host of challenges — but also with a unique opportunity to serve their followers and organizations. To borrow a phrase from Rita McGrath, writing for Harvard Business Publishing, effective leaders “absorb some of the uncertainty” that...

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  Writing in TIME magazine (Feb. 16, 2009), Nancy Gibbs looks at some interesting data to discuss the hidden costs of layoffs and the importance of keeping your best people especially close to you when there’s no option to “downsizing.” At a time when “75,000 jobs turn to powder in a day,” work env...

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  By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute After surveying tens of thousands of working people around the world, two Harvard researchers say that leaders need to have vision — but not just any kind of vision. Pope John Paul II made the same point in his 1981 encyclical, Laborem e...

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  A convert comes out of a spiritual wilderness to share 16 tips about faith, family and work that can help us all be Christ’s light to the world By Randy Hain About the author: Randy Hain is Managing Partner of an executive search in Atlanta, GA. Randy has been married for over 14 years and has two sons. He and his wi...

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  When it comes to finding, hiring and retaining people today, flexibility seems to be a key asset — sometimes even more important than money. It’s true on both ends of the age spectrum: Many healthy and vigorous seniors nearing retirement age are looking for reduced-time, seasonal and otherwise flexible work sch...

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  What do small businesses, non-profits and church employers have in common? If nothing else, it’s providing competitive compensation packages for the people they need on their teams. That’s why a recent study by Deloitte Consulting LLP offers some good news for all three sectors. The study, “Competing for Tal...

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Some things never change. Although the technology sector of the economy is the place where you’d expect amazing digital devices to hold a place of prominence in growth strategies, the heads of high tech organizations say the key to growth is good people. A recent study by Deloitte Consulting LLP asked CEOs in the high tech sector...

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Each team in each moment is unique. No two teams are alike. No two moments in one team’s history are identical. And yet there are universal patterns that shape the dynamics of all group processes — even if the group is as small as a married couple. David Marcum and Steven Smith, authors of the new book Egonomics, report tha...

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WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACING PRIESTS IN PARISH MINISTRY
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  Some leaders fear that servant leadership means letting prisoners run the prison, letting students run the school, or even letting patients run the asylum. That’s not how servant leadership works. True servant leadership — the kind modeled by Jesus — incorporates two dimensions: vision and implementation. ...

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  Since St. Paul sat down with pen in hand to serve as the first Catholic journalist, we Christians have been told to think of ourselves as a body — the body of Christ. Paul refers to Christians as Christ’s body in many places, but his two most complete reflections are found in: 1 Corinthians 12:24-13:13 Romans...

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  Our culture’s obsession with becoming rich and famous is really getting out of hand. That’s apparent from a recent story in Time magazine that reported on people who are paying to be chased around by paparazzi and given a copy of a fake fan magazine with their photo on the cover. Can you believe it? Wannabes are p...

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  One of our most basic principles is that organizations are organisms, not mechanisms, and as such require diversity and feedback to sustain life and achieve their purpose. A primary responsibility of effective leaders, then, is to create and sustain the kind of environment where diversity and feedback can flourish. A review o...

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  One of our most basic principles is that organizations are organisms, not mechanisms, and as such require diversity and feedback to sustain life and achieve their purpose. A primary responsibility of effective leaders, then, is to create and sustain the kind of environment where diversity and feedback can flourish. A review o...

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  Some people say that no one can motivate anyone else. At some level that may be true. But for practical purposes these people are just playing a game of semantics. The fact is that we can influence others — and if we do that in such a way that they are moved to do something they were not moved or were less moved to do befo...

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  A meta-analysis of nine studies involving 1,739 workers found a significant positive relationship between motivation and job satisfaction. A happy worker isn’t always a productive worker (see above), but the knowledge worker who has low job satisfaction finds it difficult to be productive. Many factors go into job satis...

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  Some people confuse motivation with performance or productivity. They assume that if motivation is high, people will perform at a high level and productivity will be high, too. It’s not that simple. It’s possible to have a highly motivated person — or entire staff — that does not perform well or is not...

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  In the C3 Management Framework, we outline three levels of interaction between managers and subordinates, each with its own approach to motivation — and its own impact on organizational performance. Over the course of human history, management has tended to move from compliance (C1) to cooperation (C2) to contribution (...

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  Our word motivation comes from the Latin word movere, which means to move. Obviously, we can move ourselves and we can move others — so a complete discussion of motivation involves both of those dimensions. Our focus here is on motivating others. But in the course of examining the dynamics of motivation from that perspe...

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  “... strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” (1 Cor 12:31-13:1) More than anything, motivating is a matter of intimacy. The more you know and the more you care ab...

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At some point, each of us has to ask: What am I here for? As a rule, we ask that question several times in our life -- sometimes about particular situations, sometimes about the larger issue of life itself. Although you won't find this answer in any Catholic catechism, apparently for many of us the answer is: "To make as much ...

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  Leaders have five potential bases of power: Reward power — ability to give others rewards in return for supportive behavior. Coercive power — ability to threaten and administer punishment. Legitimate power — formal position within an organization that confers authority. Expert power — knowledg...

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  The word “inspired” comes from the root spirare — which means to breathe.  In + spirare means to breath into. When we inspire others to greater development and higher performance, we are breathing new life into them. Copyright © 2006 Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute, 208 E. Nort...

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Since Lent is a time of penance, I thought it a good time to approach the topic of Jesus-like Leadership by talking a bit about to be an ineffective leader. My inspiration comes from two places: The 77 Habits of Highly Ineffective People, a hilarious but out-of-print parody of a wonderful book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Peopl...

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Americans celebrate the birthday of George Washington this Friday, Feb. 22, and it's a good time to reflect on how graces emerge and spread far and wide when leaders have a humble heart. Of course, Jesus is the best leadership model and teacher of all time. No one compares to him. But Washington set as fine an example as we are lik...

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Stress is a silent killer -- of people certainly, but even more commonly of morale, productivity and quality performance. Stress is also ubiquitous in the work place. Last year's annual StressPulse (SM) survey by ComPsych Corporation, the world's largest provider of employee assistance programs, showed that more than two-thirds...

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  Beginning this week you can use the Web to explore the implications of LifeBreath Leadership in your: home workplace church school MLI has developed a new partnership with Catholic Online, perhaps the most extensive independent Web site for Catholics in the world, to maintain a LifeBreath Leadership section...

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Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.  (Romans 12:11 NRSV) Pope Benedict XVI dropped a bombshell this past Monday when he announced he would resign as pope at the end of February. Yes, there is precedent for it. But it hasn't happened in almost 600 years. By all accounts, the announcement surprised virtuall...

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If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another's feet. (John 13:14 NRSV) Recently John Bossong, a father and manager of a truck sales company, wrote on a blog about the lesson he learned from his daughter's first paycheck: "My oldest daughter brought home her first paychec...

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  The Midwest Leadership Institute has developed a new metaphor to describe how effective leadership increases the performance and value of organizations: it’s a matter of breathing life into an organization. This metaphor is reflected in a new section of MLI’s web site called LifeBreath Leadership. LifeBreath ...

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Anxiety weighs down the human heart,  but a good word cheers it up. - Proverbs 12:25 NRSV There's no doubt that a good word is powerful medicine. And clearly, it's most powerful when its dispensed regularly as preventive medicine rather than after anxiety sets in.  The One Minute Manager, co-authored by Lead Like...

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  Based on contemporary research, here’s what impact each of the four consultants’ approaches would have on productivity: The first consultant recommended that the organization redesign its jobs to be more complex, challenging and interesting. Research suggests that would probably increase productivity by 9 perce...

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In the Lead Like Jesus movement, we talk about how fear is the natural fruit of EGO -- as in, Edging God Out. Pride is the other natural fruit of Edging God Out. Although at first glance these two things seem diametrically opposed, both are rooted in the perspective that the self is "Good Old Number One." When we put the self...

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  When it comes to motivating people on a large scale, what does the research tell us about what works best? In their book Organizational Behavior: Securing Competitive Advantage, John A. Wagner III and John R. Hollenbeck, both from Michigan State University, answer that question with an interesting quiz. You are the leader ...

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  Yikes, January is more than half over -- already! Don't panic. There's still time to develop your list of New Year's resolutions. (And if you did that at the very start of 2013, there's still time to try keeping them all over again.) In either event, effective leaders know two things: To continue being e...

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  Last August I was blessed to lead a retreat marking the start of the school year for faculty and staff at St. Theodore Guerin High School in Noblesville, IN. At the start of the program, we were all greeted by Father Joshua Janko, the school's Director for Catholic Mission, who asked everyone to take a little time to answer ...

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Jim Collins is all the rage in business circles. His Good to Great (date) explores the factors that make some companies stand out from the rest. What could be more important in a competitive economy?  His Built to Last (date) explores the elements that make a company’s success more enduring than that of the Pet Rock. ...

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"Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved." (Psalm 80:4 NAB) As the Fourth Sunday of Advent arrives this weekend, on the eve of Christmas Eve, we share with you a petition in the Psalm that will be read at Masses: "Restore us, O Lord..." We won't hear that phrase in the Resp...

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Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'" Luke 3:5-6 The sentences above come from the Gospel this coming Sunday, the second Sunday of Advent. They speak to us of promise,...

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Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind...

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The toll in the Enron fiction astounds: shareholders lost $60 billion, employees lost $2 billion in pension money, 5,600 people lost their jobs, founder Ken Lay was found guilty on six charges of fraud and conspiracy, former CEO Jeff Skilling found guilty of 13 such charges, and both were convicted of other charges having to do with stock...

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The lines from Psalm 25 quoted above will be read in Mass this weekend when we celebrate the First Sunday in Advent. As the Psalm is read, four times we will respond, "To you, O Lord, I lift my soul." As someone who once had trouble distinguishing Advent from Lent -- I knew each of them came up once a year, one in the fall an...

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Drucker was one of the first organizational thinkers who took non-profit enterprises seriously — and recognized two things about them: Their impact on the nation’s quality of life is huge and growing; They need effective management at least as much as business enterprises do. As a result, his books are generally e...

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As promised in the last issue, here are the seven common management assumptions that Peter Drucker said are outdated in the 21st century. “All of them have outlived their usefulness,” he wrote seven years ago. (Management Challenges for the 21st Century, 1999, p. 5). The first three obsolete assumptions underlie the discipl...

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God invites us to a life of gratitude while the world fosters discontent. God proposes trust, the world arouses fear. God promotes giving, the world promotes getting. God invites us to cooperate with His providence while the world rallies behind self-determinism. God appoints us in stewardship while the world touts ownership. The world en...

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We’ve all heard the old adages: “If you can’t say anything nice about a person, don’t say anything at all.” “It is better to be quiet and to let people think you might be ignorant than to speak up and confirm it.” We also know that sometimes we are so eager to impress or so fearful of sil...

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It’s not unusual for leaders to be quick thinkers — people who are able to process information rapidly and respond creatively. That’s a good thing. But often such people are impatient with people who think and speak more slowly — and that’s a bad thing. If you finish people’s sentences or frequently int...

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By Father Eugene Hemrick Director, National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood As I was leaving the National Gallery of Art on a clear, warm evening last fall, I did a double-take at the unending line that had formed in front of and around the U.S. Capitol. People literally were pouring onto the Capitol grounds from everywher...

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Until the mid-20th century, the management task through all of human history was compliance. Then, realizing that “you get more bees with honey than with vinegar,” management’s focus moved to cooperation. But now in the Age of Information, with what Peter Drucker called “knowledge workers” making up an eve...

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Writing for SmartBlog on Leadership, Gretchen Rosswurm suggests eight ways to keep your people engaged in their work. By engagement she means "what employees or teams do to make everything go a little better for each other, their customers and their communities." In harmony with our own approach to leadership develo...

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What makes the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus unique is our focus on S3 Leadership -- servant, steward and shepherd. Many of you are familiar with these concepts. But no doubt some of your aren't. And all of us can use a reminder from time to time. So here's the 10-second "elevator speech" outline. S1, S...

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As a terrible, life-taking storm raged across the eastern half of the United States this week, it's a good bet that a lot of leaders were giving orders -- and a lot more followers were quickly responding to them. By their nature, emergencies are not resolved by a lot of process. In times of crisis, every healthy organization needs ...

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By Dr. Owen Phelps Director, Yeshua Institute “Go and preach the Gospel. And if you must, use words.”- St. Francis of Assisi to his followers One of the foundational principles of the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus is that “our actions speak louder than words.” In my book by the same name, we take up...

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There are a few things in life where we really don't have any choice. One is communications. We cannot choose to "not communicate" and think that's the end of our interaction with someone. When we shut up, people ascribe meaning to our silence. As my wife told me once, "You're giving me the silent treatm...

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Good leaders learn from their followers -- which is just one more reason why good leaders try to hire the very best people they can find and then give those people plenty of opportunities to continue learning. Michael Schrage, a research fellow at MIT Sloan School's Center for Digital Business and author of Serious Play tells ...

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Today, Oct. 11, has double significance for Catholics.  We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council. We mark the start of a Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI. As we said last week, it's a great time for us to commit ourselves to becoming more familiar with the core teachings...

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On Oct. 11 we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council. It’s a great time for Catholics to commit themselves more to coming up to speed on the core teachings of the church to which we belong.  Many of us come to our posts as leaders – at home, at work, in our parishes and in th...

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Recently I came across an article called The Seven Deadline Sins of Leadership by Mike Figliuolo. Of course I found the title provocative, so I checked it out and found lots of good food for thought. To see Figliuolo’s complete essay, click on the link above. A quick summary of it from yours truly follows. 1. Lust &mdas...

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  Writing in the American Express Open Forum, Katie Morell offers five leadership lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King: Don’t underestimate low-level employees Embrace fear Encourage creative tension Know the why Involve everyone For an explanation about what Dr. King meant by each of these, click here. ht...

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Culture — like communication and leadership — isn’t a choice. It’s inevitable. So when it comes to organizational culture, the only choice leaders have is what kind of a culture they will foster.  This is true whether we are talking about one’s home, workplace, parish or in any of the other communitie...

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Father Pedro de Ribadeneira, the secretary to St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, once recounted a story to illustrate just how selfless and flexible Ignatius was. He went to pay a visit to a former disciple who was very sick and depressed. At one point in the visit, he asked the man if there was anything he could do to bring ...

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Last fall one of my granddaughters came home from her first day at preschool. She did not seem nearly as enthused at the end of the day as she had been when her mother dropped her off at the door.  “Did you like preschool?” her mother asked. “Not very much,” my granddaughter replied. “Did you make ...

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When talking to leaders in business and nonprofit organizations, we often find them skeptical that they can integrate their religious beliefs with their work roles.  Especially when it comes to leading like Jesus, they indicate that while imitating Jesus is certainly a praiseworthy ideal, it doesn’t strike them as a practica...

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No doubt there are some incredibly virtuous people who live pious, selfless lives of service that help and inspire virtually everyone they encounter and make the world a better place in which to live. Then there are the rest of us. We seem to need constant reminding that life’s highest purpose is not just to look after our own in...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute A professor leading an orientation program for new doctoral students was trying to explain the concept of “systems.” She started with a question: “Is an airplane full of passengers a system?” From the back of the room came the ...

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Anyone at the consistory for new cardinals at the Vatican Nov. 20 who is remotely familiar with the work of the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute might have thought they were attending a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter. That’s because Pope Benedict XVI selected as the Gospel for the prayer servic...

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“The leader’s style pulls ... (and) a pull style of influence works by attracting and energizing people to an exciting vision of the future. It motivates by identification, rather than through rewards and punishments.” - Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus  Leadership that pulls people with a powerful vision is more li...

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Gretchen Rosswurm, who has worked for several Fortune 500 firms and is currently Director of Global Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at Celanese, a global chemical company in Dallas, says the outstanding leaders she has worked with share five “communication habits” that help the people around them p...

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John Spence, author ofAwesomely Simple: Essential Business Strategies for Turning Ideas into Action, says that there are four problems that CEOs consistently identify as the biggest challenges holding back the performance of their organizations:   Lack of a vivid and extremely well-communicated vision; Lack of open, honest a...

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At the eighth annual International Conference on Catholic Social Thought at the University of Dayton in June, Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, called on Catholic business schools to help students develop a moral compass. He also pointed leaders to a new booklet his pontifical council ha...

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The news came in an email from my brother Mike on Monday afternoon, July 16. Stephen Covey, 79, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, had died earlier in the day. The news left a little hole in my heart. I had never met Covey. But I felt I knew him from reading several of his books — and even more, from viewing sever...

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In our Encounters, we often summarize the history of leadership in two minutes or less. In those 120 seconds, we break it down into four stages: C1: Compliance – This is how leaders generally led from the dawn of humanity until the 1920s. In a C1 leadership context, the primary task is to get people to do what you want ...

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Recently I was reading an article in which the author noted “few of us are natural-born leaders,” and so she offered five basic tips to help new leaders get on the right track – and stay there.  It struck me that not only were all of her tips sound, but they also affirmed our own perspective that when it comes to...

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Engagement is often regarded as the silver bullet in individual and organizational performance, whether we are talking about families, small office teams, government staffs or international businesses.  If people aren’t engaged in what they are doing — whether it’s homework, building widgets, selling and servicin...

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When we talk about S3 Jesus-like Leadership, I often make the point that the very best examples of leadership I see are not in the corporate or nonprofit worlds, but in good families. The reason for that is easy to explain: parents generally love their children more than bosses love their employees. At the core of leading like Jes...

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Popular leadership literature and a host of studies make the point that trust is an important consideration in effective leadership. Leaders who prove themselves trustworthy are much more effective in achieving their missions than are leaders who don’t inspire or who actually undermine trust in others. Trust is a unique thing in ...

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When we think and speak of the power to lead, we often focus on what is known as “formal power” or “positional power.”  There’s no doubt that kind of power plays a defining role in many of our relationships, especially those at work. But it’s also true that among the various ways we can exercise...

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“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor.”- Max DePree If that sounds like “soft-headed” thinking on the part of some head-in-the clouds theorist, think again. When Max DePree wrote that he was c...

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Sunday we celebrate Pentecost — when the Holy Spirit descends on the apostles, beginning their public ministry and thus marking the beginning of the church. It is said to be the second most important day in the church liturgical calendar. And it is an especially important feast for all of those who hope to lead like Jesus in all of ...

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“The leader’s style pulls ... (and) a pull style of influence works by attracting and energizing people to an exciting vision of the future. It motivates by identification, rather than through rewards and punishments.” - Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus  In the non-profit world where financial rewards can be hard to...

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This past Saturday my daughter Shannon sent me an email with a link to a story by Geoffrey James called 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses. So much of it resonated with the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesusthat I decided to use it in this newsletter.  On Sunday I awoke with the inspiration that I should relate the st...

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As we Catholics continue to celebrate the Easter season, we are excited about sharing with you a new service from the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute.  It’s our new Weekly Catholic Leader. We plan to publish it every week — except when those weeks when we publish The Catholic Leader, our...

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The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of ...

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OUR GLOBAL IMPACT: Javis Mugagga lives and shares our vision in Uganda
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We’ve all heard the old adages: “If you can’t say anything nice about a person, don’t say anything at all.” “It is better to be quiet and to let people think you might be ignorant than to speak up and confirm it.” We also know that sometimes we are so eager to impress or so fearful of sil...

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