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Entries for September 2018

Tips for exercising emotional control

Posted on September 18, 2018 in: Articles

By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute A good many people are telling us today that it’s essential to express our emotions. And in the broad scheme of things they’re right. But that doesn’t mean we should express all our emotions everywhere and all the time. In fact, the contrary is true: We should express our emotions selectively – with respect to both our feelings and the audiences with which we are dealing. Others deserve to be treated as more than just dumping grounds for whatever happens to engage our passion at the moment. It’s especially important for leaders to...

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By Dan R. Ebener Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles by Dan Ebener on leadership in the Catholic Church. They are excerpts from his latest book on leadership, to be published this fall. * * * Pastoral leadership is a vocation. Anyone can be called to leadership. It is part of what Lumen Gentium called “the universal call to holiness,” a phrase quoted by every pope since Vatican II. Recognizing this universal call raises the hope that the challenges of leadership can be embraced by clergy and laity – and that change will happen in the Church and the world.   ...

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On values: 80+ priest keeps it simple

Posted on September 18, 2018 in: Articles

By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute I have a friend and colleague with a remarkable leadership track record who says when it comes to values, he likes to keep it simple. In over 50 years of priesthood, this man has distinguished himself in pastoral, diocesan and community leadership. And at over 80 years of age, he’s still going strong – continuing to provide a regular schedule of counseling services and to serve on a variety of charitable and civic boards. We’re truly blessed to have him on our Yeshua Institute’s board of directors. His name is Father David Beauvais. Som...

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Third in a series By Dan R. Ebener Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles by Dan Ebener on leadership in the Catholic Church. They are excerpts from his latest book on leadership, due to be published later this year. * * * Some people figure that only those with titles and positions can be leaders. With the Great Commission (Matt 28:19), Jesus calls all disciples to become apostles. He commissions every one of us to lead. Pope Francis believes that everyone can be a leader – pastor and deacon, women and men, young and old, parish council and finance council. Throughout his papac...

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Good leaders don’t let problems fester

Posted on September 04, 2018 in: Articles

By Owen Phelps Director, Yeshua Institute One of the many great blessings in my life was the opportunity to lead a chain of weekly newspapers at the tender age of 27. It was a great blessing for me, but probably not so much for many of my colleagues on the payroll. They had the mixed blessing of being on hand to see me grow – struggle upon struggle – as a leader. Sometimes the hard lessons landed hardest on me. Sometimes they landed harder on my colleagues. One of my most prominent weaknesses – from a long list of weaknesses – was my inclination to let problems fester. To my credit, I...

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When you hire someone today, it’s ever more likely that you’ll be hiring someone who is a member of Generation Z – people born between the mid-1900s and mid-2000s. After all, they represent about a third of the workforce. To improve your chances of making a good hire and then cultivating a healthy, productive long-term relationship, it’s helpful to know a bit more about what they are looking for – even expecting – from their employers. Media-strategy firm MNI Targeted Media conducted a survey of college students that focused on their buying trends and preferences – but whose ...

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