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12 Slices of Advice for Good Catholic Leaders — and Those Who Want to Be

October 14, 2011

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Andreas Widmer observed Pope John Paul II closely during the two years he served as a Swiss Guard. He writes in “The Pope & The CEO” that the lessons he learned watching the late Holy Father offer great suggestions for business. (Read a review.)

Here are a dozen slices of that advice pried from that Emmaus Road paperback:

1. Encourage employees by making them feel they matter and are valued.

2. Realize that it is the person, every specific human person, who counts in business. Business exists for the person, not the person for the business.

3. Know that your vocation is what God made you to do, it’s what you do for God, and it gives meaning to your life.

4. Be aware that work can be a holy thing. All work, not only that of priests and religious, can be holy when done as an act of love, service and sacrifice.

5. Understand that God made each person to do something unique, something that nobody else before or after us was made to do and that nobody else can do quite as well.

6. Pray because it is at the heart of everything you do. It shapes you, guides you and gives you the strength to lead and to inspire others.

7. Learn from God as you pray, hear God’s voice leading you, and be prepared to change and become the person God made you to be.

8. See prayer as a tool for justice and mercy that helps you to treat others with both.

9. Acknowledge your dependence on God and in doing so appreciate humility as a virtue.

10. Value business as life-giving when a group of individuals participate in God’s creative power, when people work together to pursue a common good by giving life to an idea, a product or a service.

11. Be fully present to anyone to whom you are with, keenly aware of what is going on in the heart and mind of that person, and far more interested in what that person has to say to you than what you have to say to them.

12. Help people understand that you want the truth, even when the truth is hard. Foster an atmosphere or culture where honesty is rewarded. Train yourself to discern fact from fiction.

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Catholic leaders’ new ‘To-Do’ list

October 14, 2011

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Former Swiss Guard Andreas Widmer, writing in “The Pope & the CEO,” includes a “new to-do-list” in the book. (See the review.) Here is an excerpted version from the Emmaus Road book.

1. Determine who the five to ten most important people in your life are. . . . Ask yourself what small thing you can do to bring them joy every day or week. Then, in the next 30 days, do it.

2. Start keeping a personal log of God’s small wonders, small messages that he gives you every day. Think of it as a gratitude log. Review it daily and rejoice as you give thanks.

3. Think of the activities you enjoy most. Pick four, then make room in your calendar to do each one sometime during the next 30 days.

4. Diligently use up your vacation time every year. No excuses.

5. Make Sundays truly a day of rest. That means no “for profit” work. Instead go to church, and then spend the rest of the day with family or friends. Try the concept of finding ways to purposefully “waste time” with them.

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