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Entries for September 2016

LaRae Quy spent 24 years as an undercover and counterintelligence agent for the FBI. In those posts she not only had to deal with two frequent hobgoblins of personal and organizational effectiveness -- risk and uncertainty – she also had to cope with outright deception. It’s not the kind of work you can do day in and day out, year after year, without a lot of willpower. But the good news, according to Quy, is that willpower is not something you’re born with. You can grow and cultivate it. She has five suggestions for doing that: Tackle tough tasks early in the morning. Keep the juices flo...

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If you want to be an effective team leader, Patricia Lotich, founder of the consulting company Smart Church Management, has some advice. Lotich, who has an MBA and is a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence through the American Society for Quality, says there are six skills you need to work on and 11 responsibilities you need to be willing to assume. The six skills she identifies are: teacher; big picture thinker; coach; negotiator; communicator; and, conflict resolver. The 11 responsibilities she lists are: Works with leadership on development of team charter...

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You still have two opportunities this fall to learn how to be a Jesus-like Leader at work, at home, in your community, in your parish – or anywhere else you ever wish to influence other people. The Yeshua Institute is offering Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters in Houston, TX, in October, and in Lincoln, IL, in November. If you’re interested in learning how to be a Jesus-like S3 Leader, both programs are open to the public and both will be led by Dr. Owen Phelps, head of the Yeshua Institute and author of The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus. If you’re considering attending o...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. I’m often dismayed by how little organizations learn from one another. Often, leaders actually choose ignorance with more than a little dose of self-righteousness. People in nonprofit organizations insist they can’t learn from for-profit organizations because they are so cutthroat in nature. People in for-profit organizations insist they can’t learn from nonprofits, whose ranks are filled with do-gooders and whose missions and processes are “too soft.” For the most part, such people on both sides of the fence are wrong. Lots in common Often for-profi...

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Fall will be a busy time for the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute, with public programs scheduled in three states before Thanksgiving. If you’re interested in learning how to be a Jesus-like S3 Leader, the programs are open to the public. Consider attending one of them – and bring a friend or colleague. In fact, even if you can’t make it, be sure to tell them about these opportunities so they have a chance to participate. Sept. 22, St. Paul, MN – Public Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter at Little Sisters of the Poor Holy Family Residence. Facilitator Dr. Owe...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Don’t you just love those “clean slate” moments in life? I think back to my first day in a new town or at a new school. I didn’t know anyone. I didn’t have any obligations. No one was waiting for me to work or play with them. I was really free. And each time I learned how very rare and fleeting those moments are. Clean slates don’t last In just a few days I had cobbled together or fallen into a rudimentary web of relationships. People reached out to me, and for that I was grateful. But relationships come with expectations. Soon enough I had names to r...

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