Saintly Politicians?

I’ve heard lots of commentaries recently by people who are utterly infuriated with politicians. Now, this blog isn’t generally concerned with politics, but I ran across a priceless reflection this week that seems perfectly suited for the times in which we live. As regular visitors to gratefulconvert.com know, the late Fr. Ray Ryland was... [Read more...]

Applied Leadership

My MBA was in “Applied Leadership.” It took an enormous amount of time and sacrifice to complete, yet I’m still not sure that I could provide a concise definition of exactly what “applied leadership” means. Thankfully, I know it when I see it. One of the most head-spinning times in my life was right around my 40th birthday.... [Read more...]

Vocation of the Business Leader

What does the faith have to do with business? According to many people I’ve encountered, the answer is: nothing. Thankfully, not everyone thinks that’s true. Recently, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace released a new resource entitled Vocation of the Business Leader: A Reflection. It’s well worth reading. Consider the following... [Read more...]

Treating Others with Dignity

One alarming trend seen in many workplaces today is that of treating others poorly. It’s nothing new, of course. Yet don’t we all behave differently when we’re under pressure? And isn’t there plenty of pressure to go around these days? I’ve been doing a series of “Faith at Work minutes” with the good folks at... [Read more...]

This Lent, Why Not Be More Faithful at Work?

My head was spinning. There I was, again, driving down the highway after a long day’s work. It was after nine o’clock at night, and I couldn’t shake the feeling of hopelessness. No matter how hard I tried, it seemed that I wasn’t spending enough time at work – or at home – to be successful. Of course, it wasn’t just work and home. I had... [Read more...]

My Uncle Wins an Academy Award – and Dies

My uncle, John D. Lowry, was scheduled to receive an Academy Award for his work in digital film restoration on February 11, 2012. He died on January 21, 2012. As a kid, I was always impressed with my uncle, aunt, and cousins David and Julia. They were all extremely gracious – and bright. The entire family had an entrepreneurial streak. Back in the... [Read more...]

The Catholic Briefcase

It’s the little things in life that sometimes make a huge difference. Case in point: my introduction to Randy Hain. It all began with a passing comment in a conversation with Tom Peterson, Founder and President of CatholicsComeHome.org. Tom was visiting The Coming Home Network’s world headquarters (well, really our small office in rural Ohio) to... [Read more...]

The Toughest Way to Be a Christian

Back in my college days, I had a good friend who liked to give me a hard time. One day he was on a roll, and said something that made me really mad. “You know, accounting is the toughest business major. You probably couldn’t handle it, though.” Want to guess what his major was? At the time, I was a business management major, following... [Read more...]

The Secret of Successful Teams – Humility

At Home “We’re taking over!” My eight year old son David stood in the kitchen gloating, with arms stretched out in jubilation. For years, he and his younger siblings had played second fiddle to the older kids. They had gone to bed earlier. They had waited for the bathroom. They had eaten fewer cookies. But that was all about to change. Of the... [Read more...]

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