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Entries for February 2017

Maybe the first day of Lent isn’t the ideal day to celebrate, but here at the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute we’re doing it anyway. The occasion is the announcement that our primary leadership training program, the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter, is finally available in Spanish. It’s a very special Thank you, Jesus moment in our history. The English language Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter was published in the fall of 2009, only a few months after a book by the same name was published by Our Sunday Visitor. Since then the Yeshua Institute&rsq...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. In the last issue of The Catholic Leader, I wrote about how Lent always sneaks up on me. Most years I’m often trying to decide how I want to observe Lent as the sun sets on Ash Wednesday. I also noted that over the years, thanks to a priest’s suggestion, I’ve focused more on doing something special than on giving something up. Still, as I wrote that last week I still didn’t have a clue about what I would be doing special this Lent. Now, as I write this the day before Ash Wednesday, I have my goal: I am going to spend more time with the Lord each day of Lent (even count...

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By Owen Phelps, Pd.D. Have you ever had one of those bosses with a Jekyll and Hyde personality? One moment he or she is personable. The next moment he or she is frothing at the mouth? Do you still have one like that now? Sadly, it’s not unusual. Some people seem to assume that a promotion to an executive office gives you the right to indulge your mood swings and mistreat others. Sometimes a toxic work culture affirms this otherwise despicable behavior. A short list of dos and don’ts might include the following: 1. Do realize that the problem is not about you – even when it seems to be about...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. When the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI) released its list of the 78 best Christian places to work in January, there was one Catholic entity on the list. I don’t know if that’s a first, but I think it is. So congratulations are in order for the honoree, Catholic Christian Outreach in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Beyond that, I confess the news brought a flood of thoughts – many of them conflicting -- to my mind. Search for meaning The fact that only one Catholic employer among countless thousands in the U.S. and Canada was on the list does not mean that Catholic workplaces &nd...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. If there’s one thing I can say about my experience of Lent that hasn’t changed over the years, it’s that the penitential season always sneaks up on me. It’s doing it again this year – although Ash Wednesday is still a week away, so I’m giving myself more time to prepare this year than has usually been the case in the past. Days of giving up As a kid I didn’t need much prep time. Our teacher – sometimes a woman religious, sometimes a lay woman – would ask us what we were each giving up. The clear implication was that we better have an an...

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Two Encounters coming soon

Posted on February 21, 2017 in: Articles

Two Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters will be offered later this month in central Iowa. The Archdiocese of Dubuque will offer three Catholic Encounter programs at the Prairiewoods Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, IA, just north of Cedar Rapids, where participants have three choices of dates and times: Thursday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. “Modern empirical studies continue to affirm the value of Jesus’ leadership approach in every setting – at home, at work, in our parishes and in the network of other communities of which we are all a...

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In presenting Jesus-like S3 Leadership, we note that all of us have to do one thing that Jesus never had to do. We need to apologize when we make mistakes. And we all make mistakes. In our programs, we point to the insight from Ken Blanchard, co-author of the best-selling business book The One Minute Manager and co-founder of the Lead Like Jesus movement, who says: “The longer you wait to apologize, the sooner your weakness will be perceived as wickedness.” Assuming there is some delay between the mistake and the apology, there will always be a little bad faith to overcome. And often there is more t...

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By Chris D’Souza “And he said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.’” Mk 6:31 (RSVCE) * * * Recently, my wife returned from Orlando after attending a Zumba® instructor convention. Naturally, I asked her if she enjoyed it. Her response was puzzling” “Yes it was exciting, five full days of over-stimulation. I’m exhausted!” Over-stimulation. That word has been playing on my mind ever since. It set me thinking… much of today’s entertainment is designed to over-stimulate. Can we not enjoy the ordinary, simple m...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Most likely we’ve all heard the adage that “Assume makes an ass out of u and me.” And most likely we’ve heard it again and again because it’s so true. I had that brought home to me in a truly humbling way recently when I was watching an episode of Shark Tank, the TV show where rich entrepreneurs hear sales pitches to buy percentages of start-up companies that make and sell more or less innovative products. The segment began with an attractive, blonde woman walking onto the carpet with her two attractive, blonde daughters – one 15 and the other 11. The oldes...

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A Lead Like Jesus Encounter is underway this week at the Winnebago County Jail in Rockford, IL, sponsored by the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute, and three public Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters will be offered later this month in central Iowa. The ecumenical Encounter at the jail is the 73rd that has been presented by Yeshua Fellow and board member Dick Kunnert and his team for prisoners there. The groups have averaged about 18 participants. The Yeshua Institute underwrites the cost of the program as its major ecumenical outreach effort. Later in the month the Archdiocese of Dubu...

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