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Entries for October 2018

The Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute’s first ever webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15 – and it’s free. With the title Gratitude is Great Medicine, it will highlight research which shows that when we regularly reflect on and express our gratitude, we improve our health and our prospects even as we enhance our outlook on life. “A host of research shows that it’s not just a matter of improving our attitude,” says Dr. Owen Phelps, Director of the Yeshua Institute, author of The Secret of Wealth, and host of the Nov. 15 webinar. “When we regularly call ...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute As luck would have it – or perhaps even better, Providence – the matter of Emotional Intelligence or its measure, Emotional Quotient (EQ), comes up in two of the featured articles we scheduled for this issue. I’m good with that. Grateful, even. Because I don’t know if there’s a more important consideration when it comes to trying to be a Jesus-like Leader. As you know, when we talk about Leading Like Jesus, we talk about S3 Leadership – leading as a Servant, Steward and Shepherd. In fact, to consistently lead in any of these co...

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By Dan R Ebener Emotional intelligence has been described by Daniel Goleman as a more accurate predictor of leadership success than technical or cognitive skills. In fact, your emotional quotient (EQ) is a better predictor of success in life and leadership than is your intelligence quotient (IQ). A high EQ unleashes your full IQ potential. A low EQ limits your potential because fear, anger, worry, prejudice, jealousy, anxiety and ignorance will limit your performance. IQ is described by Goleman as a “threshold competence”. It gets you in the door for an interview, and possibly gets you hired. But EQ is...

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By Dan R Ebener Mindfulness is thinking about our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Mindfulness helps us to capture the moment, be aware of our sensations and conscious of the activity in our brains. It reminds us to awaken mindfully, walk mindfully, pray mindfully, pause mindfully and wait mindfully. When leading others, mindfulness helps us to listen intently to what the other person is saying, hearing that person as if for the first time, being fully present to them, letting their words soak in and intuiting their emotions with gentleness and care. We pay attention to what we are sensitive to. For example, s...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute My wife Jane and I recently returned from a week in the St. Louis area where we watched six of our grandchildren participate in various sports. It’s a thrill to see them take part, and clearly it’s special for them when Grandma and Grandpa drive five hours to watch them perform. There’s more than a little deja vu in this for us since all five of our children participated in sports at some point in their academic careers. In all cases, I have taken special joy in photographing them – using the experience I gained as a newspaper photographer...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute We all have mental images of leaders – and most of them are not worth the cost of contemplating them. Forget all the notions out there are about natural leaders being tall, well-built, square-jawed, macho men. Yes, there are a lot of those kind around. But studies show that they’re no more likely to be effective leaders than the rest of us – including, obviously, women. Seldom do we hear praises being sung for the value of humility in effective leadership – although I have to note that we are, in fact, hearing those praises ever more frequ...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Donald Trump Jr. has been playing the canary in the coalmine for a certain segment of the American male population. In a recent interview with DailyMailTV, commenting on developments in Senate confirmation hearings regarding his father’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Trump Jr. said that the #MeToo movement has him more worried for his three sons than for his two daughters. Yikes! As the father of three daughters and two sons – as well as the grandfather of 13 girls and 4 boys – I contend that Trump Jr. has it exactly wrong. More c...

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By Dan R. Ebener Leadership is a collective activity. It relies on people. Relationships are the stuff of leadership. A congregation is a web of relationships. To practice the people skills needed for leadership, ask yourself: What kind of a human being do I need to become… so that I can practice leadership? As Catholics, we are committed to inner change. Jesus calls us to form our hearts out of His love (Luke 10:27). Ashes during Lent are but one example of how we acknowledge that we are committed to change our hearts, our minds and ourselves to become better human beings. Research shows that we can become...

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