3 Things Francis Taught Us Today about Politics


The address that Pope Francis gave this morning before Congress was holistic and pro-life.  He spoke to the needs of the poor, the dreams of the common man and woman, the preservation of the creation, the devastating impact of violence, the danger of fundamentalism, the fragile nature of the modern family, the death penalty, and the need to protect the unborn.  He pointed us to the contemplative, Thomas Merton, and the activist, Dorothy Day.  He spoke to the example of Martin Luther King.  In sho … [Read more...]

Lessons on Leadership: Spin

Spin is not a good thing for your organization and it has no place in any approach to leadership that takes the spiritual dimension of that task seriously.It may make you comfortable.  It may buy you a certain amount of distance from criticism and it may transfer blame in some implicit fashion to your critics.  That's certainly how it is used in politics.But, as in politics, spin masks the real problems facing an organization.  It promotes dishonesty and equivocation.   It misleads stak … [Read more...]

Vocation and Jobs

I've been through two employment crises. Three if you include the uncertain business of doing doctoral work against the backdrop of a changing academy and a shrinking church. This is a piece of what I have learned: Focus on vocation -- on God's calling on your life. That calling won't have a title or a job description attached to it. You won't find it on an "org chart." It might not even be one in the same with your "day-job." The key to discovering your vocation lies in asking what do I do, … [Read more...]

After the last sale

In September I traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, to be with my father as he faced surgery to address a growing problem with massive internal bleeding.  Now, after a fairly torturous process he is recuperating in a rehabilitation center and, all being well, he will go back to his small home in Mesa at the end of the month.  He is 85.For most of his life my father worked as a sales engineer.  He both designed and sold conveyer systems for a wide-ranging list of clients, including General Electric, Wh … [Read more...]