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Entries for November 2015

If you’re concerned about Keeping Christ in Christmas, a good way to get started on the right path in our home is to celebrate St. Nicholas Day. It’s observed on Dec. 6 in Western Christian countries and on Dec. 19 in Eastern Christian countries. St. Nicholas, of course, is the inspiration for our modern Santa Claus. But he was also a bishop who was known for his generosity in looking out for the poor. Observing his feast day is easy. In the U.S., parents generally have their children leave their shoes outside their bedroom doors or hang their Christmas stockings (a great activity to combine with putting ...

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This first week of Advent is the perfect time to launch our new outreach – the Weekly Catholic Leader. Advent marks the start of a new church year. The word means “coming". It’s a time to focus on the coming of our savior -- incongruously in the person of a tiny, helpless and poor little child received into the human community by the love of Mary, the loyal devotion of Joseph, the awe of simple shepherds and praise of angels. Advent is the time for us to prepare our hearts to receive this savior – something the human community has not always done well since the days of his birth in Bethle...

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My oldest daughter, who is a partner in one of the Big Four accounting firms, recently gifted me with some wisdom that is very timely in this season of Thanksgiving.   Did you know that research shows that employees who feel they are regularly recognized and appreciated by their leaders report 53% higher focus, 58% higher engagement, and 109% higher likelihood to stay with their organization? Amazing what a little well-invested time can achieve for leaders. Unfortunately, leaders typically focus their time and energy on what’s going wrong instead of on who is contributing to what’s going right. ...

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We all celebrated Thanksgiving. Then many of us capped off our celebration by jumping into Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. That was followed by Small Business Saturday, where we were asked to combine our Christmas shopping chores with a special concern for the goods and services offered by small businesses. After getting Sunday off – presumably to worship the Source of all our resources – we were greeted by Cyber Monday, when we’re encouraged to shop online. Now comes Giving Tuesday, a day set aside to share our blessings with those who are working on our behalf to make this a be...

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Thanks for the feedback

Posted on November 30, 2015 in: General News

At our 1-day Encounters, where we introduce people to the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus with a transformational experience of live presentations, videos, large and small group discussions and personal discovery exercises, we always give participants the last word. The only report card we issue is a form that asks participants to evaluate how well we’ve done serving them. It’s often a pleasure and always a learning experience to review their ratings, and I know all of us Facilitators who present these programs gravitate to the participants’ comments to discover what we did well and how we can i...

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Come Thanksgiving, it's a habit of speech for us to say, "I'm grateful for so many things." But that phrase has always troubled me. You see, it's not "things" for which I am most grateful. Today I found a solution. I want to proclaim from the rooftops that I'm grateful for so many reasons, And the greatest reasons l'm grateful are the many wonderful people in my life -- family, friends and colleagues. Thank you! Bless you! And I'm grateful, too, for my own life. Each moment, each breath is a wonderful gift from God. Whatever time I have here on earth, I shouldn't...

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Prayers for Pope Francis in Africa

Posted on November 25, 2015 in: General News

As Thanksgiving approaches, we're grateful for Pope Francis, who has spoken of leadership at varoius times in terms of servant, steward and shepherd -- our own S3 Framework.  Prayers for him in Africa this week: he arrived in Kenya today (Nov. 25), goes to Uganda Friday, Central African Republic Sunday. Hope he is as well-received there as he was here in U.S.  

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  I walked into a pub in a college town recently and looked around. In one corner was a guy all by himself, focused on the contents of his laptop’s screen. Near the middle of a room, an older man held court at the end of a table, flanked on each side by three young men of college age. All seven of them were sitting behind laptop screens. It crossed my mind that there was probably more computer power at that table than was used to launch the first astronaut into space. I found a spot at the bar and reached into my pocked for my smartphone to check the news of the day and my email. Yes, we certainly are a...

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