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Entries for January 2017

The Yeshua Institute’s newest video, Time Alone: Jesus Needed It and So Do We, marks the first presentation by Carl Koch, DA, author of 36 books and a Fellow of the Institute. “We’re delighted to have Dr. Koch providing us with video presentations,” said Owen Phelps, Ph.D., director of the Yeshua Institute. “He’s a natural born teacher, and that’s clear from the first moment you see him in the video. Owen said Dr. Koch will also be featured in other videos to be released over the next few months on the Institute’s website. In each case, the new videos will be introduced...

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A new study from Maurice Schweitzer, Wharton professor of operations, information and decisions, and Wharton lecturer and research scholar Jeremy Yip shows that anger can influence people in organizations to lie or behave deceptively in areas that have nothing to do with the original conflict. The problem is not that angry people actually set out to harm or punish others. “Instead,” says Yip, “what we’re finding is that when people are angry, that anger curtails empathy. And that leads to more self-interested behavior -- in this case, self-serving lies.” We’ve insisted for a lon...

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Stephanie Scotti says that when it comes to persuasive communications, Aristotle was right – as far as he went almost two millennia ago. The Greek philosopher said there were three principles of persuasive communication: Logos -- presenting a clear and rational argument; Pathos -- using emotion; and, Ethos -- establishing credibility. But according to Scotti, who has eight years of experience teaching presentation skills at Duke University, “communication is more complex than ever,” and so she has updated Aristotle’s advice and added two more strategies. Here are her recommendation...

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People who would like to participate in a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter  may want to travel to the Prairiewoods Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, IA, just north of Cedar Rapids, where they 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. “Often our leadership efforts are not effective – we are ignored, undermined, even ridiculed and reviled,” says Dan Rohner, Facilitator for the programs. “Jesus showed us a better way -- because Jesus was the best leadership te...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. I knew a teacher once who always advised: “Never smile before Christmas.” Students were awed by his intelligence, but I never heard any of them speak of him in terms of serving as a role model for them. He was just too distant and remote. I knew a bishop once who said: “Never let them see you sweat.” People were in awe of his determination, but only a tiny handful ever had the courage to confide in him – even when their information would have done him a world of good. That’s the price of trying to project an invulnerable image. People really struggle to tru...

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Remember that old saw – “Practice makes perfect”? As it turns out, that’s not true. It is true that practice is a key component of mastery in virtually any skill and field. But not all practice is equally valuable. The person who practices something over and over again without giving it much thought is likely to just further reinforce the problems that exist in his or her currently poor performance.  That kind of practice all but guarantees continued mediocrity – and frustration. Practice that leads to improvement has to be much more deliberate – critical and analytical &nd...

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The Archdiocese of Dubuque is hosting three Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters in February at the Prairiewoods Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, IA, just north of Cedar Rapids. The dates and times are: 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. “Often our leadership efforts are not effective – we are ignored, undermined, even ridiculed and reviled,” says Dan Rohner, Facilitator for the programs. “Jesus showed us a better way -- because Jesus was the best leadership teacher and role model of all time.&r...

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Thought for today

Posted on January 24, 2017 in: Articles

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. We’re just past the midway point of the New Year’s first month and already I have to ask: Do you still have any resolutions left to keep? Pardon the rude question. It’s really a matter of projecting my own weaknesses on the world. For most of my 69 years, my experience has been that I could break resolutions just as fast as I could make them. That’s right: some didn’t even survive a day. Most drifted off into a thick haze before the middle of January.  A little research tells me I’m not alone in this regard. At least we are setting the bar high. ...

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Most of us spend a lot of our time on autopilot, making old and reliable assumptions without even thinking about it. That’s going to be even less helpful tomorrow than it is today – and already a good number of our once safe and secure assumptions are crumbling into dust. According to Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab and author of the new book Whiplash: How to Survive our Faster Future, technology began to outpace our ability to understand it late in the 20th century. Partly as cause and partly as effect, we now live in a world characterized by three dynamics: asymmetry, complexity and uncertaint...

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We’re grateful for your support

Posted on January 17, 2017 in: Articles

By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. This week we’re sending out formal letters acknowledging the donations of patrons who may need the letters to file their 2016 tax reports. I like to look through them and add a little personal note acknowledging their – or your – generosity. It never fails to amaze me just how many people step up and open their hearts and purses to help us develop Better Leaders, Better Parishes and Better Lives. As I said, formal letters of gratitude are on their way to you. But I don’t see any point in waiting to thank you for your support. We’re about ready to print the ...

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We’re pleased to welcome Chris D’Souza from India as our latest contributor (see his initial story below). Chris is an executive & life coach, talent consultant and trainer with 20+ years of corporate experience. He is vice-president of the God is in Control Fellowship, a Catholic workplace ministry in Bangalore dedicated to enabling Christians to live their faith in the marketplace. Chris has recently co-authored Good Fathers to Great Dads, a faith-based resource for dads which emphasizes a relational approach to fatherhood. We met Chris when we took the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus to Indi...

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By Chris D’Souza Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,     vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil     at which he toils under the sun? ...What has been is what will be,     and what has been done is what will be done;     and there is nothing new under the sun! Ecclesiastes 1:2-3,9 RSVCE Have you ever woken up in the morning and muttered, “Hmm, another day, same grind!  What’s the use of getting out to work?” Let me be honest. I have.  Qoheleth, the write...

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Three Encounters are scheduled in February at the Prairiewoods Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, IA, just north of Cedar Rapids. The dates and times are: 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. “Leadership happens every time someone influences someone else. So everyone is a leader some of the time. But often our leadership efforts are not effective – we are ignored, undermined, even ridiculed and reviled,” says Dan Rohner, Facilitator for the programs. “Jesus showed us a better way -- because Jesus was the best le...

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