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Entries for January 2016

  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 to both understand how Jesus led and to comprehend the skills of effective leadership. The hands are important because knowing by itself is not enough – one has to actually behave in a way that reflects a properly disposed heart and a properly informed head. The habits are impor...

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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 – something he said he learned in a Catholic boarding school in India, where he was born. In an interview with the New York Times, Thomas recalled returning to India after several years of boyhood in Africa. “The boarding school was in the middle of nowhere on top of a hill. ...

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Four Encounters coming in Iowa

Posted on January 25, 2016 in: Articles

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 leader – which means that all of us are leaders some of the time. Our choice in life is not whether we will lead, but only what kind of leader we will be. The Encounter teaches people how to lead like the best leadership teacher and role model of all time – Jesus. Using a rich m...

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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 there’s still time to organize ad hoc groups or to make preparations to study and grow on your own or with a friend or two during the Lenten season. If that’s your plan, we’ve got a free offer you might not be able to refuse. At the end of this week we’ll be pub...

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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: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. Typical activities during the special week include Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Each day has its own theme, beginning with “In Our Parish” on Sunday, and continuing ...

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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 end of January, ahead of Ash Wednesday on Feb. 10. To reserve your copy, request it from Here4U@YeshuaLeader.com. Participants will need copies of the pope’s exhortation to use the study guide. It can be downloaded free from the Vatican website here, or purchased in handy book ...

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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 technology. Here’s a sampling of what’s ahead: Speed will triumph; Digital tools will unlock opportunity; Democracy will be digital; Diversity will deepen; Medical training will be rewritten; Human empathy will be central; and Simple will be more difficult (actually, ...

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Dubuque Encounters coming in February

Posted on January 19, 2016 in: Articles

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 will be. And the Encounter teaches us how to lead like the best leadership teacher and role model of all time – Jesus. Using a rich mix of videos, large and small group discussions, self-discovery exercises and live presentations, the Encounter has drawn rave reviews from Catholic...

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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 Love as Jesus Loves Us. Despite the long title and its mention of learning eight different ways to love as Jesus does, this is not a thick, complicated treatise. Instead, it is a short, easy-to-understand book with many down-to-earth stories to help illustrate what the authors have in min...

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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 wins. But it had its ups and downs and it ended with three straight losing seasons. Consensus has it that if he hadn’t resigned, he would have been fired. But Coughlin was a man who had two things going for him: he stayed grounded in faith and family, and he changed. When he ca...

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