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...]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...]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...]Kathleen Sebelius, Faith and Work
Kathleen Sebelius is undoubtedly a gifted, politically savvy, and extremely smart individual. As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), she leads a vast organization. She’s considered one of the most powerful women in the United States, and there’s widespread speculation about her bright political future. But… She’s... [Read more...]Faith, Work, and The Journey Home
I asked my thirteen year old daughter to write this post for me. She wanted to write about herself – a great subject, to be sure, but not the one I had requested. So I kept the computer. All she has is a tiny little iPod, not to mention strands of blue hair (“Dad, they’re just extensions”) so I’ll write the post, and she... [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...]Should Catholics Evangelize at Work?
“My friend, I have a challenge for you: it’s time you took your faith seriously.” So ended a conversation with Tim, an evangelical co-worker, many years ago. His parting comment rang in my ears for a long time afterward. Tim meant well, but what really concerned him was my rumored interest in the Catholic Church. Unfortunately (for Tim at least),... [Read more...]Words of Encouragement
“I like you.” This is the first thing I heard when I picked up the phone the other day. It was a college friend of mine, Chip, using a line that has been a running joke with us for many years. As it happened, I had experienced a challenging day when he called, and our conversation was a much-needed source of encouragement. Despite the difficulties... [Read more...]How Are Things At Work?
“How are things at work?” I’ve asked this question of friends countless times, usually with a sympathetic grin. It’s a question that acknowledges the fact that work is fraught with difficulties. Perhaps an ongoing disagreement with the boss or a coworker. Insufficient hours in the workday. Fear of being downsized. The tough part about... [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...]