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Entries for May 2016

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 the highest in the entire fast food industry, beating second ranked Jason’s Deli ($2.7 million) and third ranked McDonald’s and Panera (tied at $2.5 million). The numbers are even more amazing when you realize that Chick-fil-A restaurants are always closed on Sundays, while i...

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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. In this video, Msgr. Mike looks at the life of Jesus for clues to how priests can avoid burnout in their ministries. To view the video, click here. To visit the Yeshua Institute’s complete Video Gallery, click here.  

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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 of meeting “many doctors and nurses who (in their words) ‘had lost their soul for healing,’ were burnt out, were leaving the profession, and worse.” In a moving multi-media presentation, Dahlborg says: “We need bold and courageous leaders right now to step ...

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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 sight of what matters most in life. If we are parents, what matters most should be loving, nurturing and forming our children – helping them to fully develop their God-given gifts while getting them to see that those gifts are not given to them for their self-aggrandizement but ...

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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, healthcare costs to cover, one or more mouths to feed, a need for shelter, clothing, transportation – a host of necessities. So money does matter. But it’s not the only thing that matters. And usually it’s not even the thing that matters most. Just ask someone who does work ...

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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 Differently. Her latest book is No One Understands You and What to Do About It. She says almost no one would admit to being a toxic colleague. In fact, it’s likely that those who are toxic aren’t aware of the fact. Research shows that “most of the time there is re...

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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. While there may be no excuses for unfair compensation levels, it turns out there are plenty of reasons, most of them matters of historical circumstance or employer convenience. Most likely none of them will matter in the moment you find out you’re the victim of an unfair compensa...

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