Category: Leadership

Category: Leadership

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In the Beginning

Reflections sparked by Liz Bohannon’s GLS2019 Talk I hate being a beginner.  I just hate it.  I don’t like not knowing what I am doing, not knowing the people I am doing it with and I really hate knowing I

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Reward-Centered Leaders vs Servant Leaders

“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.”  Mark 10:43 The leadership model which we subscribe to is Servant Leadership, which we learned from Ken Blanchard and his book Leading like Jesus, and Owen Phelps with

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Negotiating as a Leadership Skill

Did you realize that you are in 5-7 negotiations per day?  “How can that be,” you ask?  Well, whenever you hear the words “I want” or “I need”, you are in a negotiation.  Your pulpit plea for catechists for the

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What We Learned at the Global Leadership Summit

At the Global Leadership Summit 2019, we heard from leaders from business, churches and government.  All of what they said has application to pastoral/ecclesial leadership and we’d like to share what we learned from this year’s Summit.  This is a

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Wise Women’s Voices Around the Table

If you’re following any of the rhetoric emerging as a result of the current ecclesial crisis, you are no doubt familiar with the call for more women to be leaders in the Church. Let me make this perfectly clear:  I

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Servant Leadership: Mindsets need Skill sets

Not too terribly long ago I was conversing with three people who all hold leadership positions within their organization.  We were discussing leading like Jesus did and all three of them indicated that they see themselves as servant leaders.  I

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Everything Old is New Again

My mom used to tell me that fashion circled back around so that what was once old-fashioned is now in vogue again.  I had to live long enough to see some of those cycles at work to see that it

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The Only Thing Constant is Change

Most everyone I know agrees with the title of this article intellectually.  None of us remain unaffected by advances in technology, in transportation, and in science.   We know things change and we change with them.  Just the other day I

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Rose Colored Glasses Shattered

   If you hang around church enough (it won’t matter the denomination, but my frame of reference is Roman Catholic), you’ll soon discover the rose-colored glasses through which you were viewing those who work there broken on the floor.  It’s even

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Jesus: Architect and Master Builder

    We call Jesus the “stone which the builders rejected.” (1)  I can’t speak for all the ages, but I can speak for this one when I say that it seems this is particularly true in this moment in

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Entombed but Inspired

    Just when we think we’ve heard the last revelation of abuse and cover-up, we discover that some Bishops’ conferences around the world are just beginning the inquiry.  So we sigh deeply again because we know the inquiry will bring more

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A Little “v” Vocation

In Sunday Mass, we often hear the call to “Pray for Vocations.”  This almost totally references priestly vocations.  But vocations are more than just for the ordained or religious men and women.  Lay men and women, whether serving as volunteers

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Passion for the Servant Leader

Since November 2018 I have been blogging on concepts for the servant leader. I referenced leaders like Cheryl Bachelder, Sheila Heen, Brene’ Brown and more. I talked about 6 concepts: Vision Values Clarity Honesty Listening Courage So you would think

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6 Core Concepts of Servant Leadership – Courage

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” Maya Angelou [1] Are you courageous enough to have those hard conversations? Are you courageous enough to face your limitations…with others?

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6 Core Concepts of Servant Leadership – Listening

Pope Francis‏ @Pontifex 12/14/18 Tweet This is the first step in order to grow on our journey of faith: listening. Before speaking, listen. Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process. Effective listening is

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6 Core Concepts of Servant Leadership – Honesty

Proverbs tells us “If you do the right thing, honesty will be your guide. But if you are crooked, you will be trapped by your own dishonesty.” (1) Isn’t that true? If you are dishonest, to keep up the farce,

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