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Entries for August 2020

By Dick Kunnert Yeshua Institute Board Member, Master Facilitator Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:5 Everything tied to happiness is centered around trust. Happiness is very hard to experience in an environment where there is no trust. Trust gives freedom to thought and action. If I am constantly on the defense, I am not thinking of positive ways to use my gifts in serving other people. Traumatized kids are wary about relationships and trust. How do people who can’t trust build community? Building the kingdom of God is predicated on helping people trust tho...

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By Dr. Dan R. Ebener Editor’s Note:  This is the second in a series of articles by Dan Ebener on leadership in the Catholic Church. They are excerpts from his latest book, Pastoral Leadership: How to Lead in a Catholic Parish. * * * The pastor concluded, “Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.”  The people replied, “Thanks be to God.”    The end of each Mass is a new beginning. As the people of God, we are welcomed at the beginning of each Mass to “come and see” (John 1:39 and John 1:46) as disciples, members and stewards. By the end of the ...

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When it comes to being an effective communicator at home or on the job, the most important skill you need is to be a good listener. All the polished presentation techniques, in company with an incredible vocabulary, impeccable grammar and flawless syntax won’t make a bit of difference if you don’t know how to listen. Stephen Covey, author the best-selling classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, taught that there were five levels of listening: ignoring, pretending, selective listening, attentive listening, and empathic listening. Although all five are very common practices, only...

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Julie Winkle Giulioni has four basic tips for making your virtual meetings better. Giulioni is the co-author of the bestseller Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Organizations Need and Employees Want.   She notes that virtual meetings are here to stay even after the Covid-19 threat is behind us, but when meetings fall into a familiar rhythm, participants can be easily lulled or distracted, making the whole experience mind-numbing. She says that you can push back on that problem by learning a bit more about four features common to online meeting software platforms: Screen sharing; Te...

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