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Entries for April 2017

The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart. Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Bill George, Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School, former Chair & CEO of Medtronic and author of Discover Your True North,  has a lot to say about the importance of courage in effective leadership. Citing several cases of business leaders who showed exceptional courage and saw their companies reap the rewards, he endorses the perspective of poet Maya Angelou, who said: “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because ...

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We’ve extended the deadline for the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter in Rockford, IL on Friday, May 5. You can now register online through this Friday, April 28. The Encounter is a rich mix of live presentations, videos, self-discovery exercises and large and small group discussions, and you will be on your way to becoming an effective Jesus-like leader at home, at work, in your parish and in your community. During the day you will learn the basics about  leading as a Servant, Steward and Shepherd (S3) just like Jesus did in his time on earth. The Encounter will take place at the Radisso...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute About a month ago The Catholic Leader featured an article about what to do when someone at work goes over your head to your boss. The advice we offered was sound -- as far as it went. But it didn’t go far enough. We noted that when a peer or a person you are supervising goes over your head to your boss, it can be “one of the most difficult and spirit-crushing things that can happen at work.” We also noted that when you first discover it has happened, “you are thrust into turmoil. A part of you wants to fight. A part of you feels like yo...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Now that Lent has ended and we have celebrated Easter, now what? Easter, of course, is the highlight of the Christian year – and of all human history, for that matter. On Easter Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead – and, by virtue of his suffering, death and resurrection, our own immortal lives as his sisters and brothers. The gift of eternal life ought to give us pause ... and for more than just a day or part of a day once a year. But truth be told, when we were kids I focused more on celebrating the end of Lent than the gift ...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute I Bless the Lord, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, my soul; do not forget all the gifts of God, Who pardons all your sins, heals all your ills, Delivers your life from the pit, surrounds you with love and compassion, Fills your days with good things; your youth is renewed like the eagle's. - Psalm 103, 1-5 In 2003, Easter Sunday arrived on April 20. So did my heart attack. They both showed up about the same time. We were just wrapping up a card party with three other couples when I started to feel nauseous and excused...

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No, you won’t become a seasoned and consistent Jesus-like leader after attending our 1-day Encounter May 5 in Rockford, IL. But you will learn the basics about  leading as a Servant, Steward and Shepherd (S3) just like Jesus did in his time on earth. After that, it’s just a matter of adopting habits that will keep your heart, head and hands on track to follow the teaching and example of the best leader of all time. After experiencing the Encounter’s rich mix of live presentations, videos, self-discovery exercises and large and small group discussions, you will be on your way to becoming an e...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. We find ourselves in the middle of Holy Week -- a week when business as usual just doesn’t make sense. And yet, most of us probably have a lot of business as usual to do. So giving Holy Week its due in our life pilgrimages is almost certainly a struggle. Case in point: a friend and former colleague of mine put together a little min-retreat on Wednesday of this week. I relish solitary time, but retreats are generally not my thing, and truth be told, I can’t remember the last time I attended one. Nonetheless, when he proposed it over lunch with two other friends and former collea...

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Can you make today special? Here are just three suggestions: Look for the good. Whether it’s a beautiful sunset or a funny comic strip or a conversation with an old friend, seek out happy moments. Be grateful: for your loved ones and family and their love; for your faith; your home or apartment; warm showers; comfy attractive clothing; plentiful food; your job and your loved ones’ jobs; the weather, even if it is raining or snowing; your physical ability to do your work or the tasks at hand. Give praise: for great service in a store or restaurant; to your loved ones for, of course, their love, but also...

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The Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute will present a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter Friday, May 5, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Rockford, IL, and online registration opened this week. The Encounter will be co-facilitated by Dick Kunnert and Owen Phelps, master facilitators and members of the Yeshua Institute board. They have presented the program in Haiti, Canada, Uganda and India, as well as throughout the U.S. The cost of the Encounter is just $79, and arrangements are also being made to offer a special room rate for guests coming in from out of town. The Radis...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute As kids we were taught to do a lot of either/or thinking – as in “either you take out the garbage or you can go to your room for the rest of your life.” Seriously, there are a lot of either/or basics to learn as a kid: Either stay out of the street or you’ll get run over. Either tell the truth or no one will believe you about anything. Either do your homework or go straight to bed. Actions have consequences The point is, when we are in our formative stages, that our actions have consequences – either natural or imposed...

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If you’re having trouble being mindful about the purpose of Lent even as we find ourselves on the threshold of Holy Week, we offer you a great online meditation on the Stations of the Cross that will cost you only 4 minutes and 20 seconds of your cherished, yet chaotic life. Written and narrated by Lawrence J. Fedewa, a former theology professor and college president who now is a columnist for the Washington Times, it should help get you in the mind of a penitent, yet hope-filled and joyous disciple. You might even find it worth visiting more than once before Easter. Click here.  

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