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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 for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, says in “Ten Pointers for Family Prayer.” Here’s a quick summary of her 10 tips: 1. Pray as you can, not as you can’t. Lay people can become discouraged when they try to pray like a cloistered contemplative. Be realist...

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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. Mismanaging change — Some organizations wait for their external environments to change them or force them to change. Other organizations are more proactive about planning to change before they’re forced to do it. Either way, once the change is underway, CEOs are expected to e...

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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 reflect on how they can build a more collaborative working environment. Now is the time to think about and prepare to do things better when the opportunity arises. That means the importance of collaboration in the workplace has to be considered more than ever before. As expected levels ...

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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 enjoy serving engaged couples in marriage preparation at Bishop Lane Retreat House. Joseph completed his MBA studies through Cardinal Stritch University's College of Business in December 2007. He is currently an adjunct instructor for his alma mater. This article is based on a paper he...

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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 “Tremendous” Jones Surviving tough times is both a worthy and necessary objective. But it is only part of the story. Here is a starter list on how and why tough times can be a blessing in disguise for which we can give thanks. Tough times can be a blessing if — We take less for...

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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 weighs on those around them. Whether the pressure falls on your organization or on your associates personally, the effect is the same: “When people are facing uncertainty, they tend to go into ‘frozen in the headlights’ mode,” McGrath notes. That’s when ef...

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TAKING CARE OF YOUR BEST PEOPLE

Posted on July 13, 2015 in: Articles

  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 environments fill up with uncertainty and people undergo an intriguing psychological change. Gibbs explains: “As all our emotions are rewired, we are grateful for what we once just assumed and frightened of things once ignored.” At the same time, “when people are frightened ...

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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 exercens. Let’s look first at what the pope had to say and then turn our attention to the research. ... the person who works desires not only due remuneration for his work; he also wishes that, within the production process, provision be made for him to be able to know that in h...

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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 wife converted to the Catholicism in 2006. He is active in several parish ministries and leads the St. Peter Chanel Business Association and St. Peter Chanel Jobs Ministry. He is also leads the Woodstock Business Conference’s Atlanta chapter and is active in Eucharistic Adoration. He w...

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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 schedules so that they have more time for families, travel and other interests they have deferred during their working years. Younger people just entering the workforce are looking for flexible schedules so that they can balance work obligations with other interests and relationships, typic...

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