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Entries for November 2016

More than 100 “corporate chieftains, thought leaders, scholars, and experts in labor, health, education, economics, and the environment” will converge on the Vatican Dec. 2-3 for the 2016 Fortune + Time Global Forum. Fortune magazine’s editor-in-chief, Alan Murray, indicates that it was his publishing empire’s idea to hold the meeting there – and to arrange for Pope Francis to attend it. Time of moral outrage “We live in a time of moral outrage,” Murray explained. “CEOs of large global companies ‘need a moral framework and North Star,’ he wrote, quoting D...

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At the Yeshua Institute, we insist that “Leadership begins on the inside.” Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, had the same view. In his book Primary Greatness, he writes: “Everything starts with the individual, because all meaningful change comes from the inside out.” We also share with Covey the sense that human development does not reach its ultimate expression in the transition from dependence to independence. Rather, it is found in the transition from independence to interdependence, which reflects the true nature of reality. So the individual cannot be un...

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“Today Advent is perhaps more about already celebrating Christmas than it is about preparing for it,” says Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, a noted book author, columnist and speaker. “Many of us arrive at Christmas tired, running, distracted, and already fatigued with the lights, songs, and celebrations of Christmas. Advent is meant to be a time of preparation for Christmas; but for many of us it is not exactly a time for the kind of preparation that enables Christ (to) be born more deeply in our lives,” he says. Instead, Advent is more a time for us to focus on checking off items on our longer-than-u...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute God bless Julie Winkle Giulioni. The co-author of Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want, says achieving a work-life balance may not be possible, at least not as a permanent state. Her proposition gets my second – especially this time of the year when our schedules are more packed than Santa’s sleigh. Giulioni suggests that instead of striving to achieve a constant and enduring balance among our many roles, we should think in terms of achieving a work-life blur – rather like a range within which we move back and ...

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Time is running out to register for either of two Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters in the Dubuque Archdiocese before the end of the year. They are scheduled at American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls, IA, and they offer participants the choice to attend on a weekday or a Saturday: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 8:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 8:30-3:30 p.m. Dan Rohner, the archdiocese’s Director of Leadership Development & Pastoral Planning and also a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Master Facilitator, will serve as Facilitator. The fee to attend either of the Encounters is $4...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute What a gift Thanksgiving Day is! And what a gift it is to have the day come as part of what is, for many of us, a four-day weekend – even if much of it is taken up with cleaning, laundry, meal preparation and, yes, shopping. Too bad we don’t make every day a Thanksgiving Day. But think about it -- we can. In fact, some of us do. Several years ago in writing The Secret of Wealth, I had the opportunity to do some research about the therapeutic value of gratitude. Actually, I stumbled upon the research and was amazed. Gratitude is absolutely goo...

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Looking for partners

Posted on November 20, 2016 in: Articles

By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute This week we formally launch our annual Yeshua Institute fund-raising drive. We need donors. But what we need even more than donors are partners – people who will pray for us and our work, who will tell others about it, who will tell us who we should be reaching out to, and who will help underwrite our costs when people can’t afford our services. I hate asking for money. But it’s the only way we can afford to do the work we are doing – and we love doing that work. It has been our privilege to serve priests, seminarians, permanent deacon...

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Great Advent growth opportunity

Posted on November 20, 2016 in: Articles

If you’re looking for a great personal growth opportunity during Advent -- which starts this coming Sunday, Nov. 27 -- consider getting acquainted with Pope Francis’ vision for personal discipleship and building communities of disciples, The Joy of the Gospel. A great way to get to know it better is to download and use our free study guide. Ideally, you’ll be able to find others – a spouse, a good friend or a small group of friends – to discuss what you read. But even if your Advent journey is a solo one, we think you will find it a wonderful experience. DOWNLOAD THE FREE STUDY GUIDE ...

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Pope weighs in on power

Posted on November 20, 2016 in: Articles

By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute In our Nov. 9 issue I wrote about the connection between vulnerability and lasting, life-shaping power. Later that week I noticed that Pope Francis had weighed in on topic of power -- saying that the desire to have power and assert it over others is an obstacle to serving God. Junno Arocho Esteves, reporting for Catholic News Service, said Pope Francis told his audience that “to serve God, Christians must learn to be at the service of all and not be dominated by a desire to exert power and authority over others.” During his Nov. 8 homily at daily M...

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Was it chance or Providence?

Posted on November 14, 2016 in: Articles

Unexpected meeting in Atlanta almost a decade ago results in almost 400 in Dubuque Archdiocese learning how to Lead Like Jesus By Dan Rohner Director, Leadership Development & Pastoral Planning Archdiocese of Dubuque My Leading Like Jesus journey began in June, 2007 when I attended the International Conference of the American Society for Training and Development (now known as the Association for Talent Development) in Atlanta. After picking up my conference program, I settled into my hotel room to plan how I would spend the next four days. A specific event caught my attention: “Leading Like Jesus,&...

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Season of Seasons approaching fast

Posted on November 14, 2016 in: Articles

By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Now that the quadrennial presidential election is over, we find ourselves on the threshold of a busy annual period jam packed with holidays and other observances. Nov. 24 is Thanksgiving Day. Nov. 27 is the first Sunday in Advent, a season that carries through Dec. 24 this year. Nov. 29 is Giving Tuesday, an observance scheduled right after our traditional post-Thanksgiving Christmas shopping binge; last year over 700,000 people donated over $116 million to their favorite causes. Dec. 25 is Christmas Day, when we celebrate the birth of our savior and the pr...

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There’s still time to register for either of two Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters in the Dubuque Archdiocese before the end of the year. They are scheduled at American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls, IA, and they offer participants the choice to attend on a weekday or a Saturday: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 8:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 8:30-3:30 p.m. Dan Rohner, the archdiocese’s Director of Leadership Development & Pastoral Planning and also a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Master Facilitator, will serve as Facilitator. The fee to attend either of the Encoun...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. As a child my first exposures to pastors were as different as I think it is possible to be: At St. Joseph Parish In Fond du Lac, WI, we had Msgr. Riordan. He spoke forcefully from a high pulpit that jutted out, ominously, above the Communion rail. His favorite verse, delivered in full throat, seemed to be Revelation 3:16: “Because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Msgr. Riordan did not tolerate shorts on women or anyone joining the YMCA, and we were all more than a little intimidated by him. At Holy Cross Parish in Champaign, IL, where I mov...

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Still time to register for Encounters

Posted on November 07, 2016 in: Articles

There’s still time to register for any of three Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters in the Dubuque Archdiocese before the end of the year. They are scheduled at American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls, IA, and they offer participants the choice to attend on weeknights, a weekday or a Saturday: Tuesdays, Nov. 15 and 22, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 8:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 8:30-3:30 p.m. Dan Rohner, the archdiocese’s Director of Leadership Development & Pastoral Planning and also a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Master Facilitator, will serve as Facilitator...

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How to stay creative as you age

Posted on November 07, 2016 in: Articles

By Owen Phelps, Ph. D. Several years ago our oldest child, Kristin, was in the first grade. She was an exceptional student, reading several grade levels ahead of her class, but she didn’t like the school she was enrolled in. When we met her teacher at the fall conference, we began to understand why. The teacher, a kind and caring woman, nonetheless was concerned that Kristin was not more eager to play with dolls and she wasn’t enamored with recess. “She would rather read,” the teacher said with more than a hint of dismay in her voice. Kristin was a normal kid who did like to play. But we ha...

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  Msgr. Mike Tierney takes only three minutes to outline how a parish can – and should – use collaboration to make sure its planning process is effective. Msgr. Mike concedes that it may seem easier for just the pastor alone or in company with staff to develop a plan and announce it to the parish. But he warns that it’s better to invite parishioners to participate in the planning process because the process matters when it comes to getting buy-in and active support from the whole parish for the plan. Msgr. Mike proposes a simple way to identify the core needs of a parish and to set a dire...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Okay, All Saints Day was yesterday. Isn’t it time to move on? Not yet, I’ll argue. The point of the feast is worth recalling for at least 48 hours – and ideally for much longer than that. A couple of weeks ago I was presenting the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter for Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. We were talking about the importance of role models in our lives. Someone mentioned the value of having saints – meaning formally canonized saints – as role models. Then someone else spoke up and started talking about the &ldquo...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Have you ever heard of emotional agility? Probably not. I know I didn’t run across the term until very recently when I ran into the work of Psychologist Susan David, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, who discusses the concept in her new book, Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life.    I confess that I haven’t read the book yet, but I am intrigued by what she had to say in an interview in the e-newsletter Knowledge@Wharton. There she defines emotional agility as “the ability to be able to be with your thoughts, your e...

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What to do about burnout

Posted on November 01, 2016 in: Articles

By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Recently I read an interesting article about burnout. It made the point that while people usually think that it’s caused by unreasonable work demands, that’s not the case. According to Christina Maslach, the culprit is usually poor relationships in the workplace. Maslach should know whereof she speaks. She is a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of the 22-question Maslach Burnout Inventory (“MBI”), called the “gold standard job burnout assessment." The MBI surveys three areas: exhaustion, depersonalization and pro...

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The Dubuque Archdiocese has scheduled three Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters before the end of the year, and six more in early 2017. The three scheduled before the end of the year are all at American Martyrs Retreat House in Cedar Falls, IA. They offer participants the opportunity to attend on weeknights, a full weekday or a Saturday: Tuesdays, Nov. 15 and 22, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 8:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 8:30-3:30 p.m. Dan Rohner, the archdiocese’s Director of Leadership Development & Pastoral Planning and also a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Master Facil...

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