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Entries for October 2016

By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. This past Sunday’s Gospel reading is one of my favorites – and it has been since my earliest days. I don’t know for sure if that’s because I heard my dad praise it, or if we had a discussion about it that made it more memorable than other Gospel passages. I can’t remember details back that far. But I do know that as far back as I can remember the passage has always resonated with me. This Gospel passage comes from Luke (18:9-14), where Jesus tells the parable to two men who went to the temple to pray. We’re tipped off that he is addressing this parable &ldq...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. In the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter, we show a short video re-enactment of an interaction between Jesus and the mother of James and John in the Gospel of Matthew. She wants Jesus to give them favored status in his kingdom (Matt 20:21). Obviously, it’s a difficult conversation. But Jesus doesn’t deflect the request. He responds to it, telling her and her sons that the favor they seek “is not mine to give” (Matt 20:23). But that’s not the end of it. Somehow, the other 10 apostles hear about the conversation. Although Jesus has denied the request...

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A total of four Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters are currently scheduled before the end of the year in Illinois and Iowa. Illinois The Logan County Catholic Community Parish Council hosts an Encounter Saturday, Nov. 12, at Carroll Catholic School, 111 4th St., in Lincoln, IL. Lincoln is located between Bloomington and Springfield. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., followed by a 5 p.m. Mass at Holy Family Church next door. Dr. Owen Phelps, head of the Yeshua Institute and author of The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus, will serve as Facilitator. The cost is just $30 before Oct. ...

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“In large ways and small you can help build a better world, help usher in the Kingdom of God. It’s a matter of learning to Lead Like Jesus through the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter,” says an invitation circulating throughout the Dubuque (IA) Archdiocese. The archdiocese has scheduled nine Encounters at three sites from November through next April. “Using a rich mix of engaging videos, self-discovery exercises, small and large group discussion and live presentation, the Encounter puts you on a life-long track to more effective, satisfying and growth-filled relationships at ho...

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Recovering your leadership joy

Posted on October 17, 2016 in: Articles

By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Scott Mabry writes of those days when you wonder if you have the energy and drive to keep leading. It happens to the best of us in all our roles – spouse, parent, child, laborer, craftsman, consultant, colleague, supervisor or C-level executive. There are times when we feel like we are all burned out – or nearly so. How do we recover our enthusiasm and reconnect to our goals? Scott advises: “Stay connected with the memories and the stories that inspired you. Whatever your circumstances, I’m betting that they will still bring you joy if you let them.” He sugges...

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Four Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters are currently scheduled before the end of the year, all of them in the Midwest. Illinois The Logan County Catholic Community Parish Council will host an Encounter Saturday, Nov. 12, at Carroll Catholic School, 111 4th St., in Lincoln, IL. Lincoln is located between Bloomington and Springfield. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., followed by a 5 p.m. Mass at Holy Family Church next door. Dr. Owen Phelps, head of the Yeshua Institute and author of The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus, will serve as Facilitator. The cost is just $30 before Oct. ...

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4 principles of Leading Like Jesus

Posted on October 11, 2016 in: Articles

By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. There’s a lot involved in learning how to be an S3 Jesus-like Leader. Among other things it involves developing the heart, head, hands and habits of a servant leader. Adopting the habits alone can take months. Developing a servant’s heart requires the commitment of a lifetime.   There are also the tasks of learning how to be a Steward and Shepherd Leader. It’s a challenge. But it’s not an overwhelming one. As people begin the development process – or continue it – it’s helpful to keep in mind four key principles of leading like Jesus. 1. Je...

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Learn to Lead Like Jesus in November

Posted on October 11, 2016 in: Articles

The Yeshua Institute is offering two opportunities this fall to learn how to be a Jesus-like Leader in every context -- at work, at home, in your community, in your parish, or anywhere else you wish to influence other people. Registration for the program in Houston, TX, next week has closed, but there is still time to register for the Saturday, Nov. 12 program in Lincoln, IL – and it can be done by credit card online. The program will be led by Dr. Owen Phelps, head of the Yeshua Institute and author of The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus. The Encounter will be held at Carroll Catholic School, 111 4th...

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You want respect? Start by giving it

Posted on October 11, 2016 in: Articles

  Of course you want respect. Everybody does. And every organization does better as its participants learn to respect one another more. Leaders, especially, need to show respect if they want to get it. And it is important – not just to the leaders but to their organizations as well – that they are respected. It’s the basis for the trust needed for the organization to thrive. Leaders not only need to respect the people with whom they’re working, they also need to respect the work they are doing. That doesn’t mean we have to accept how well they are doing that work. It may very ...

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You still have two opportunities this fall to learn how to be a Jesus-like Leader at work, at home, in your community, in your parish – or anywhere else you ever wish to influence other people. The Yeshua Institute is offering Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters in Houston, TX, in October, and in Lincoln, IL, in November. If you’re interested in learning how to be a Jesus-like S3 Leader, both programs are open to the public and both will be led by Dr. Owen Phelps, head of the Yeshua Institute and author of The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus. If you’re considering attending o...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. I hate to say it ... but it must be said. Leaders need to provide feedback – often and consistently. Why do I hesitate to mention a key leadership behavior – a service required of effective leaders no matter whether they are leading at home, at work, in their communities or in their parishes? My reluctance arises because far too many leaders think “feedback” means criticism. And that’s just wrong. By feedback I mean “a response to a follower’s behavior.” When it comes to responses, Lead Like Jesus co-founder Ken Blanchard says a leader has...

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From Living Faith at Work (used with permission) One of the characteristics of our American culture is to be critical and judgmental about just about everything. Sometimes we may be blind to our own flaws and very eagle-eyed about flaws, real or imagined, in others. Jesus’s statement about not seeing the beam in our eye as we point out the speck in another’s eye comes to mind (Matt 7:3). A while ago I was doing some reading and research into a process called Action Research, an improvement process for individuals and groups. While the writers did not write about spiritual development directly, they did wr...

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CEO says Golden Rule key to success

Posted on October 04, 2016 in: Articles

Fred Goff, CEO of Jobcase, a firm devoted to helping people without college degrees find work, says success in business is all about applying the Golden Rule. Despite the assumptions of many people, the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – does not actually appear in the Bible. Nevertheless, it accurately reflects Jesus’ admonition, quoting Leviticus 19:18, that we should love our neighbors as ourselves. Whatever its source, Goff says it is simply good business – especially for CEOs. Concern for others is the foundation of Jobcase. Goff launched th...

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