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“We often forget that behind each disengaged employee is a human being with feelings, and when we don’t communicate with them effectively, people feel underappreciated, disoriented and stressed,” says Daniel Kraft, president and CEO of Sitrion, a software applications firm. And not only that. “In time, these stresses can develop into physical health problems as well,” he warns. “I am not a medical expert, but I know communication plays a major role in the overall well-being of both the team and the organization,” he adds. Kraft says that effective communications also have ...

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The deadline to register for a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter on Saturday, April 16, in suburban Chicago is tomorrow, April 7. The Little Sisters of the Poor will be hosting the Encounter at their St. Joseph’s Home in Palatine – and the cost is just $25, less than a third of what the program usually costs. “The Little Sisters are really extending themselves to make it possible for everyone who wants to participate to do so,” said Dr. Owen Phelps, author of The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus, and facilitator for the April 16 program. “Anytime anyone tries to infl...

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There are basically two ways to understand an organization – no matter how large or how small it is. You can see it as a mechanism. Or you can see it as an organism – as a body or an open, living system. For a long time it has been the habit in many places to see organizations as mechanisms. When that happens, we assume that the organization has one input and that energy and information flow in one direction from that input to an output. So, for example, the owner of a mechanical watch winds the watch. That tightens the mainspring. Over time, the mainspring unwinds, moving an intricate set of gears whi...

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If you care about living Catholic values at work, the place to start is with gratitude. Begin your work day with gratitude. And then end it the same way.  In recent years a host of research has confirmed the real, down-to-earth, empirical value of being grateful. People who take just 20 minutes a week to write down the things for which they are grateful live happier, healthier, more purposeful lives. Even if the list is the same each week, the benefits of taking the time to focus on our blessings and to write them down are concrete. The activity is life-changing – quite literally. When you do it, you ar...

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In the Yeshua Institute’s latest video, Making Time for Prayer in Your Busy Life, Dr. Owen Phelps takes just over three minutes to help busy people make time for prayer in their lives. “I won’t tell you how to carve out hours in your day for prayer,” Owen promises. “If you can do that, you already have overcome the biggest challenge – how to find a few minutes here and there to communicate with your creator and savior while you frantically try to keep up with everything else that’s going on in your life. “I know it’s not easy because I went for many years not bein...

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