“Sorry, I can’t do it tonight. The old ball and chain gets ticked off if I’m out late.” How many times have we heard derogatory comments like this about spouses in the workplace? Even worse, snide remarks can give way to all-out whining: “My husband is such a jerk sometimes” or “My wife completely lost interest in me after we began having... [Read more...]Clement of Rome & the Didache
If a fulfilling career consists of working with terrific people, then I must have one of the greatest jobs on earth. After twenty years in financial and executive roles, it has been my privilege since 2010 to work with The Coming Home Network International (CHNetwork), a Catholic apostolate that helps non-Catholic clergy and laity to come home, and... [Read more...]The Power of Encouragement
The other day, I was jogging on the treadmill, thinking. It’s one of my favorite places to think. On this particular day, much of the thinking was skewing in a negative direction. As a counter-measure, it struck me that I should instead try to think of happy memories. That’s when it happened. Like a lightning bolt, my aging brain produced... [Read more...]Along the Way – An Interview with Randy Hain
Among the countless joys of working with The Coming Home Network is meeting the many wonderful guests on the Journey Home program. In certain blessed cases, these individuals have become good friends – among them, Randy Hain. I first came to know Randy through our mutual friend Tom Peterson of Catholics Come Home, who told me about an extraordinary... [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...]Are You Goal Oriented?
Have you ever been so focused on achieving your goals that you’ve run people over in the process? I sure have. In today’s workplaces, it’s more important than ever to meet our goals, and we’re under lots of pressure to be productive and efficient. Unfortunately, this can cause plenty of interpersonal problems, since we all act differently when... [Read more...]Free Rosaries for Everyone!
I think the rosary is one of the coolest devotions ever. In fact, the rosary is so cool, I recommend it for everyone. Praying the rosary was a decisive tipping point in my conversion to Catholicism. Some guy named Scott Hahn gave me my first rosary – and get this – it was FREE. Or at least, I didn’t pay for it. Maybe Scott did, I don’t... [Read more...]What the – Hell?
I had a really weird dream the other night. You know, the sort of puzzling, surreal, yet completely vivid dream that leaves you scratching your head the next day. It completely freaked me out. I was in hell. Now, here’s where it gets surreal (well, admittedly, the whole thing was surreal). When I “came to” in the dream, I was alone,... [Read more...]10 Ways for Men to Increase Family-Work Balance
My wife got run off the road today. Some guy was in a big hurry and didn’t like the fact that Kathi had slowed down to merge onto the highway behind a school bus full of children. So he accelerated from behind her car, and drove up beside her, forcing her onto the berm. After almost causing multiple accidents, he weaved his way around further impediments... [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...]