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Entries for July 2016

By Dick Kunnert This past spring I was asked to facilitate a small group book study of Owen Phelps’ The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus: Introducing Sᶟ Leadership – Servant, Steward, Shepherd. The time frame would be four Tuesday nights in May. We would meet for 90 minutes in the church basement. We publicized the small group gathering in our parish bulletin for a few weeks and 16 people responded. That turned out to be a good size group for what I was hoping to accomplish. Both the size of the group and the brevity of the book contributed to making the 4-week format work -- although in the evaluat...

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After almost 20 years as executive chairman and board member at Yum! Brands, David Novak stepped down in May to devote his professional life to preaching the Gospel of Recognition. It’s a huge step. Yum! brands is the restaurant and food franchise behemoth that owns KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell. It has nearly 43,000 restaurants in more than 130 countries and had over $13 billion in revenues in 2015. It opens an average of six new restaurants per day! Now he’s founder and CEO of OGO (O Great One!), the first consumer brand focused on the awesome power of recognition. When it comes to recognition, Novak is ...

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  Late summer and fall are shaping up to be busy times for the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute, with public programs planned in four states. If you’re interested in learning how to be a Jesus-like S3 Leader, some of the programs listed below are open to the public and may appeal to you: Aug. 16, Rockford, IL – Retreat for faculty at Boylan Central Catholic High School. Facilitators Dick Kunnert and Fr. Dave Beauvais. By invitation only. Aug. 24, Arbor Vitae, WI – Public short course (9 a.m. – noon), Leading Like Jesus: Be a Better Leader at Home, at Work and Every...

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In our last issue (July 6), we referred to the fact that we never see any Catholic entities listed on “Best Employers” or “Top 10 Places to Work” list – despite the fact that the church is committed to teaching and presumably modeling “behaviors that are pro-life, affirm human dignity and acknowledge the critical importance of the family to the common good.” But just because Catholic entities haven’t made those selective lists doesn’t mean they can’t from the organizations who do. In fact, they can learn quite a bit. Case in point is a recent survey conducte...

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Leadership literature is giving a lot of attention these days to the concept of engagement – just how committed people are to their work tasks. And a lot of the news is not good. Various studies find that a majority of people are not engaged at work and, as a result, are not as productive as they could be – and not nearly as productive as their employers would like them to be. But Naphtali Hoff, an executive coach, consultant and former educator and school administrator, says there is a deeper, more important thing leaders should be focusing on: passion. Hoff says that while the engagement and passion ...

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Effective July 1, the Archdiocese of Chicago began offering 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its staff. We have no idea how common this policy is among archdioceses and dioceses, but a priest in the Chicago archdiocese says it’s rare. That’s too bad, because we think it’s praiseworthy and would be happy to see it become the norm wherever the Catholic Church employs people. Every time I see a “Best Employers” or “Top 10 Places to Work” story in a business magazine, I’m reminded that I’ve never seen a church agency on any of these lists. I can understand that to s...

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