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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. We’re all familiar with a host of theories about what drives better performance among individuals and in organizations. On a galley slave ship the drivers were big brutes with whips. In wars you had the threats of a firing squad. My parents tried to motivate me by taking away weekend driving privileges. Employers employ a variety of carrots and sticks: promotions, pay raises, bonuses, pay cuts, layoffs – even outright firings. Now comes research that indicates the secret sauce of better performance is empathy. Seriously? Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of...

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This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24 By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. In The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus, we recommend that people who want to lead like Jesus should pray regularly. Often when we think of prayer, we leap quickly to the notion of prayers of petition. While there’s nothing wrong with them, they hardly exhaust the concept of prayer. Indeed, the workbooks we use in our Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters, a 1-day training experience, devote 11 pages to various purposes and kinds of prayer. One prayer practice I have come to recomm...

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By Chris D’Souza And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For there is nothing hid, except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.” And he said to them, “Take heed what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” (Mk 4: 21-25) Recently I read about some new scientific advancement in ...

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Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters will be offered this month at the Prairiewoods Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, IA, just north of Cedar Rapids, where participants have three choices of dates and times: Tuesdays, Feb. 21 and 28, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The Yeshua Institute will also offer an ecumenical version of the Encounter in the Winnebago County Jail in Rockford, IL, on Feb. 13-16, but that event is open only to prisoners in the jail. “Modern empirical studies continue to affirm the value of Jesus’ leadership ...

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