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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Welcome to the Age of VUCA. If you haven’t heard of that term before, relax. You will probably hear it again often in the future. But don’t relax too much. VUCA is about vigilance, not complacence. Let me explain VUCA is an acronym that originated with students at the U.S. Army War College to describe four characteristics of the world – and many of its smaller parts – in the wake of the Cold War. They are: volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and, ambiguity. In earlier, simpler times the notion was that a leader woul...

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Thursday, April 30, marks the last day of the month. It also marks the end of some social distancing restrictions in some parts of the country, as well as the end of the Hang 10 series of live 10-minute webcasts on Crisis Leadership for Christians presented by the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute. But videos of all 19 brief webcasts will be available to view shortly after the live series ends Thursday. A list of descriptions and links to the webcasts will be published in the next issue of The Catholic Leader on May 13.  “We’ve heard good things about our effort, and we look fo...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute One of the greatest challenges we leaders face in times of great uncertainty – like now – is how to minimize the impact of biases creeping into our decision making.  That’s because research shows that our cognitive decision biases are most likely to raise their ugly heads in highly changeable, uncertain and stressful environments—just like the one we’re in. People with little or no self-awareness are going to scratch their heads and wonder what the problem is. If you ask them, they don’t have any problem with bias. Everyth...

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The Yeshua Institute’s series of daily 10-minute webcasts called Hang 10: Crisis Leadership for Christians continues Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. CDT (2 p.m. EDT, noon MDT, 11 a.m. PDT). Those who have registered can continue using the same link provided when they registered. Newcomers can register by clicking here. You need to register only once to watch all the sessions. The webcasts continue through Thursday, April 30. Everyone who registers will be provided with links to videos of the webcasts to view them at their convenience. Here is a schedule of all the remaining live webcasts, subject to last min...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute It hasn’t been easy for many people. But easy or hard, it hasn’t been normal for anyone. And not being normal is harder on some people than others. Consider the new brand of humor making the rounds: I don't think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we'd go from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone. Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun. Day 3 of home-schooling: It’s going well -- two students suspended for fighting and one teacher fired for drinking on the job. ...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute “When you’re up to your butt in alligators, it’s a little hard to remember your purpose is to drain the swamp.” You probably remember that adage. It was one of my dad’s favorite observations. If you’re working from home these days and beating your head against the wall over little things – all those alligators in your stay-at-home swamp – you might be wishing you could just focus on those immediate short-term challenges and let the rest of the world slip by. But most likely, once in a while – maybe just to ...

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Join us Mondays through Fridays in April at 1 p.m. CDT for our free, fast and focused webcast on Christian leadership, presented by Dr. Owen Phelps, Director of the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute. He brings more than 50 years of experience as husband, father, grandfather, uncle, business owner and leader, minister and college professor to helping cope and thrive in the midst of crisis. Please join us. And bring your questions. Click here to register.

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Hang 10: Crisis Leadership for Christians is the title of a 10-minute webcast that begins Monday, April 6. “We’ll keep it fast and focused,” promises Dr. Owen Phelps, Director of the Yeshua Institute and host of the webcast. It will air daily, Monday through Friday, at 1 p.m. CDT (2 p.m. EDT, noon MDT and 11 a.m. PDT). Here’s the link to register for the webcast. To join, everyone must register – but only once to participate in any or all 25 scheduled programs. “We just hope everyone shares the webcast link as widely as possible,” Dr. Phelps said. “The webcasts will ...

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