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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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5 Encounters planned in Iowa

Posted on January 11, 2016 in: Articles

Five of the Yeshua Institute’s 1-day Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter training programs will be offered in the Dubuque Archdiocese in the next four months. Why care about leadership if you don’t have a prominent position somewhere? Easy! Anytime we try to influence anyone else, we are taking on the role of leader. So all of us are called to be leaders some of the time. That means leadership is not a choice, it’s a mandate. The only choice is what kind of leaders we will be. And the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter experience helps people learn how to lead like the ...

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Pope Francis didn’t wait for the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity to begin next Monday. Getting a jump on that observance, he addressed the topic of Christian unity at a prayer service in St. Paul’s Basilica in Rome Sunday, Jan. 10, attended by Orthodox and Anglican dignitaries. "So many past controversies between Christians can be overcome when we put aside all polemical or apologetic approaches, and seek instead to grasp more fully what unites us," the pope said. "We need to realize that, to plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one ...

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New video: How to get more volunteers

Posted on January 11, 2016 in: Articles

If you’re interested in learning how to get more volunteers in your parish, you’ll want to watch the newest in our series of 4 Minute Tune-up videos. “How to Get Volunteers” is the title of the new video by Msgr. Mike Tierney, a veteran pastor and teacher who is part of the Yeshua Institute team and has years of experience recruiting and developing volunteers in a variety of parish settings. Among other things, Msgr. Mike says it’s important “to sit down with people on a one-to-one basis” and explain to them exactly what a particular volunteer post involves. That helps them g...

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If you’re a subscriber to The Catholic Leader, when your next issue arrives this Wednesday, Jan. 13, you will notice that we are still tinkering with the format. Our goal is to serve you and the worldwide Catholic community better. We received several compliments when The Catholic Leader switched to a clean, simple format a couple of months ago, and we hope the new design preserves that for readers. We also loved the feature on our new website that compiled the weekly newsletters completely automatically from stories we posted on the site. However, the system did not allow us enough access and flexibility wi...

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Five Encounters coming in Iowa

Posted on January 04, 2016 in: Articles

The Yeshua Institute’s 1-day Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter training program will be offered five times in the Dubuque Archdiocese in the next four months. Anytime anyone tries to influence anyone else, they are taking on the role of leader. So all of us are called to be leaders some of the time. Leadership is not a choice, it’s a mandate. The only choice is what kind of leaders we will be, and the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter experience helps people learn how to Lead like Jesus. Here are the Encounters people can attend in Iowa: Cedar Rapids, St. Ludmila Parish...

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Anyone with more than a passing familiarity with their church and culture knows that a lot of the news about individual religious participation and parish vitality isn’t good these days. Across the developed world: Mass attendance is down – in some places precipitously. The numbers of people being baptized, married and buried in the church are declining.. The percentage of people who say that religious faith is important or very important to them continues to drop. At the same time, there are pockets of great growth and vitality to be found. In many places where parish faith communities come t...

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Goal boosters break the cycle in 2016

Posted on January 03, 2016 in: Articles

Dan McCarthy, director of Executive Development Programs at the University of New Hampshire, offers a quick, handy checklist of 10 ideas to help us grow as leaders in 2016. There’re all good ideas. But as he says, all too often the best intentions we have at the start of the year quickly wash out into a sea of fatigue and apathy – and nothing changes. That’s why you’ll want to focus in on his three “goal boosters” to help assure that any goals you set this year actually get accomplished. Read more here.  

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Yes, it’s still early in the year and Lent is more than four weeks away. But if you or your parish is looking for Lenten small group study materials, we’ve got two modest suggestions: 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 ...

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In The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus, we suggest nine habits to help you stay on track as a Jesus-like S3 Leader. The first three are: Practice solitude Pray daily Read scripture often Last issue we suggested you pick one of the nine to focus on in 2016. But as it turns out, you can address all three of the habits above with this brief daily meditation from St. Paul’s New Testament letters: Brothers and sisters, Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another,...

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