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Entries for November 2016

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 idea to hold the meeting there – and to arrange for Pope Francis to attend it. Time of moral outrage “We live in a time of moral outrage,” Murray explained. “CEOs of large global companies ‘need a moral framework and North Star,’ he wrote, quoting D...

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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 share with Covey the sense that human development does not reach its ultimate expression in the transition from dependence to independence. Rather, it is found in the transition from independence to interdependence, which reflects the true nature of reality. So the individual cannot be un...

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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 is meant to be a time of preparation for Christmas; but for many of us it is not exactly a time for the kind of preparation that enables Christ (to) be born more deeply in our lives,” he says. Instead, Advent is more a time for us to focus on checking off items on our longer-than-u...

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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 year when our schedules are more packed than Santa’s sleigh. Giulioni suggests that instead of striving to achieve a constant and enduring balance among our many roles, we should think in terms of achieving a work-life blur – rather like a range within which we move back and ...

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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, 8:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 8:30-3:30 p.m. Dan Rohner, the archdiocese’s Director of Leadership Development & Pastoral Planning and also a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Master Facilitator, will serve as Facilitator. The fee to attend either of the Encounters is $4...

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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 Thanksgiving Day. But think about it -- we can. In fact, some of us do. Several years ago in writing The Secret of Wealth, I had the opportunity to do some research about the therapeutic value of gratitude. Actually, I stumbled upon the research and was amazed. Gratitude is absolutely goo...

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Looking for partners

Posted on November 20, 2016 in: Articles

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 who will help underwrite our costs when people can’t afford our services. I hate asking for money. But it’s the only way we can afford to do the work we are doing – and we love doing that work. It has been our privilege to serve priests, seminarians, permanent deacon...

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Great Advent growth opportunity

Posted on November 20, 2016 in: Articles

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 free study guide. Ideally, you’ll be able to find others – a spouse, a good friend or a small group of friends – to discuss what you read. But even if your Advent journey is a solo one, we think you will find it a wonderful experience. DOWNLOAD THE FREE STUDY GUIDE ...

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Pope weighs in on power

Posted on November 20, 2016 in: Articles

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. Junno Arocho Esteves, reporting for Catholic News Service, said Pope Francis told his audience that “to serve God, Christians must learn to be at the service of all and not be dominated by a desire to exert power and authority over others.” During his Nov. 8 homily at daily M...

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Was it chance or Providence?

Posted on November 14, 2016 in: Articles

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 American Society for Training and Development (now known as the Association for Talent Development) in Atlanta. After picking up my conference program, I settled into my hotel room to plan how I would spend the next four days. A specific event caught my attention: “Leading Like Jesus,&...

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