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Entries for July 2015

  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 Talent,” discovered that while 71% of responding employers are relying on financial incentives to attract and keep people, money isn’t the most important consideration for Generation Y members now entering the workforce. What Gen Y workers — those currently 20 to 27 &mdas...

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PEOPLE KEY FACTOR IN GROWTH

Posted on July 13, 2015 in: Articles

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 to list the most important factors in achieving growth. First by a huge margin was “high-quality employees” (67%), followed by “strong leadership” (44%). Having a sound strategy finished third (37%), and having an “exceptional or unique product(s) lagged back...

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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 that John Gottman, a psychologist at the University of Washington, “can predict with 91% accuracy if a couple will stay married or divorce after watching and listening to them for as little as five minutes.” They say his work is “by far the highest prediction rate for a scie...

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WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACING PRIESTS IN PARISH MINISTRY

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Special thanks to EWTN for conducting this interview and giving us permission to use it. Part 1 Part 2

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UNIQUENESS IS NOT EQUALITY

Posted on July 13, 2015 in: Articles

  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. Vision is a leader’s first responsibility. Others can be consulted, and often that’s a good idea because it brings greater buy-in from team members. But this task cannot be delegated. Leaders are, first and foremost, providers of and keepers of the vision. (Think back to wh...

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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 12:4-21 More recently, organizational gurus have been urging leaders to think of all organizations as organisms rather than mechanisms — in effect, as bodies. That’s a huge paradigm shift for many people. After a century of incredible technological development, we’r...

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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 paying for something that is, in fact, the greatest scourge of those who are really famous. Prices range from $249 for three paparazzi who hassle you for a half hour to $1,499 for six paparazzi who pursue you relentlessly for two hours while a “publicist” tells them to stop both...

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SOMETIMES IT IS BRAIN SURGERY!

Posted on July 13, 2015 in: Articles

  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 of operations at a prestigious hospital illustrates this point wonderfully — if tragically — and tells us that sometimes it really is brain surgery! At Rhode Island Hospital, which an Associated Press story described as “the state’s most prestigious medical center...

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SOMETIMES IT IS BRAIN SURGERY!

Posted on July 13, 2015 in: Articles

  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 of operations at a prestigious hospital illustrates this point wonderfully — if tragically — and tells us that sometimes it really is brain surgery! At Rhode Island Hospital, which an Associated Press story described as “the state’s most prestigious medical center...

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