Leaders Without Titles

Who doesn’t like a title? As a priest I’ve met abbots, monsignors, bishops, cardinals, and popes. All men, different titles. Institutions such as the church, academia, government, and corporations thrive on the use of titles. They define roles. They also imply a load...

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Eight Foundations for Security

The pandemic has turned our concept of security on its head. It has generated a cascading effect of fearful outcomes. These have led to an overwhelmed medical community, lockdowns, lay-offs, loss of medical coverage. business failures, kids out of school, and so...

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Three Questions to Ask in Transition

We humans are wired to appreciate and crave intimacy. The intimacy we experience when we transition from one job or career to another, or from one place of residence to someplace far away, or from marriage to the single life is no different. Many make the mistake in...

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Six Steps Away From Victimhood

Stress can be necessary or unhealthy. When we move, one skeletal muscle must stretch, the complementary muscle must contract. Thus, created physical stress moves our limbs.  Then there is unhealthy stress. It comes from experiences in real time, and more often,...

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The Word I Hate

Since reading John Bradshaw’s books on family system dysfunction, I have flagged one word to avoid using: SHOULD. Don’t get me wrong. Should is a perfectly good part of the English language. It conveys intention toward a future action or thought, anticipating a need....

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Eight Starting Points for Starting Over

Lately I’ve been thinking about people who’ve shifted gears away from their former careers. They may have been forced out, laid off, or decided to retire. Now they find themselves in the uncomfortable position of not knowing what to do next. They’re not even sure how...

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Win or Lose? Momentum and The NOW

One of the major obstacles in this pandemic is the loss of momentum. Individuals, students, faculties, companies, small businesses, governments…they all depend on a degree of forward momentum in order to keep up and to maintain viability. At least that’s what we...

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