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146 Well Pleased

146 Well Pleased

January 11, 2021

Leadership requires you to handle conflicting demands from customers, employees, bosses, family and faith. When you have your priorities right, everything else falls into place.

145 Clinging to Our Treasures

145 Clinging to Our Treasures

January 4, 2021

Looking to transform your company culture and change your future? It requires letting go of the obstacles to the future you want. The whole point is transformation which means leaving old ways behind in exchange for the greater good that lies ahead.

144 What are You Striving For?

144 What are You Striving For?

December 28, 2020

Mediocrity is the result of lowered expectations when anything better is viewed as impossible. Excellence is achieved by striving for the impossible.

143 Rerouted

143 Rerouted

December 21, 2020

Your “WHY” is your purpose, your north star. It doesn’t change even though circumstances change. When you’re not clear about your “WHY”, you lose your bearings when you get rerouted.

142 Who Are You?

142 Who Are You?

December 14, 2020

The Unique Value Proposition is the marketing strategy of informing customers about how your brand or product is superior or different to your competitors. It is easier said than done.

141 Managing Priorities and Pride

141 Managing Priorities and Pride

December 7, 2020

Two things that may be getting in the way of planning for your departure are a failure in time management and a failure in humility. Overcoming both are essential for long-term success.

140 Planning for Your Departure

140 Planning for Your Departure

November 30, 2020

One of the greatest keys to success for a business in the long term is effective succession planning. But many leaders put off planning for their departure, as if that day may never come.

139 Corporate Works of Mercy

139 Corporate Works of Mercy

November 23, 2020

Completing performance appraisals only at year-end loses the real value of performance evaluations that comes from a continuous process that happens throughout the year.

138 Use It or Lose It

138 Use It or Lose It

November 16, 2020

Edmund Burke said, “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” Do what you can with what you got—nothing more, nothing less.

137 Foolish or Wise – You Choose

137 Foolish or Wise – You Choose

November 9, 2020

No one wants to be a fool, but if you fail to be prepared you are one. Listen to this week’s episode of By Your Life where we’ll talk how taking personal responsibility for being prepared is the wise thing to do.

136 Happiness is Countercultural

136 Happiness is Countercultural

November 2, 2020

Wealth is morally neutral, but as MCI-WorldCom, Enron, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Purdue Pharma have shown, an unbridled pursuit of wealth can lead to our downfall.

135 The GOAC

135 The GOAC

October 26, 2020

A leader cannot effectively lead others without first leading themself. A pre-requisite to this self-leadership is a strong self-image which rests on self-love.

134 Truth, Truthiness, and The Social Dilemma

134 Truth, Truthiness, and The Social Dilemma

October 18, 2020

Most people will ignore facts that are contrary to their beliefs and will seek out, interpret, and focus on facts that confirm their preconceptions. It’s called confirmation bias and it should scare us.

133 RSVP for the Banquet

133 RSVP for the Banquet

October 12, 2020

When co-workers share a meal it helps build camaraderie, fosters deeper work relationships and boosts productivity. It can be a way to share goals or brainstorm solutions to challenges with others who bring different perspectives.

132 Don’t Attack the Messenger

132 Don’t Attack the Messenger

October 5, 2020

Healthy, productive organizational cultures don’t just happen. They need to be cultivated.

131 Humility and Integrity: Bricks of Character

131 Humility and Integrity: Bricks of Character

September 28, 2020

Integrity strengthens relationships in teams, with vendors, and customers. When integrity is absent, there is a lack of trust and teamwork implodes.

130 Captivated by Purpose

130 Captivated by Purpose

September 21, 2020

Compensation systems are designed to attract, retain, and motivate employees, but many plans miss the mark because companies fail to recognize that mission is more important than money.

129 Forgiveness: Good for Body, Mind and Soul

129 Forgiveness: Good for Body, Mind and Soul

September 14, 2020

Welcome to the one hundred and twenty-ninth episode of By Your Life. I’m Lisa Huetteman and I know that you have a hundred different things you could be doing right now, so I thank you for choosing By Your Life.

My goal is to inspire, empower, support, challenge, and encourage you to connect Sunday, with Monday-Friday, in a secular business world. It’s my desire to help you live our Catholic faith in the marketplace. I hope to offer you practical ways to go forth and glorify the Lord by your life.

Holding onto Anger

In this edition, we’ll reflect on the readings for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Every Sunday, my husband, mother and I take lunch to my in-laws’ house and we spend a few hours with them talking and sharing a meal. This week, my father-in-law told a story about going to visit his mother. He hadn’t seen her in many months and had driven over 10 hours with two kids in the car and the first words out of her mouth when he walked in the door were, “Albert, can you go to the store and get me some bread?” You could hear the irritation in his voice as he described that event that happened over 50 years ago. I jokingly said to him, “Grandpa, do you think it is time you let that go?” He jokingly responded, “No, I want to hold onto it!”

All kidding aside, the first reading from the Book of Sirach and the Gospel should be a warning to all of us who hold onto resentments. Sirach said, “Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight.” (Sir 27:30) Then, in the Gospel, Jesus told the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. If you are human, and you are reading this now, you must admit that there have been times you’ve held onto anger way too long, despite the negative effects it had on you. But, if we are honest, what should concern us even more is that wicked, unforgiving servant who Jesus describes in the parable is us, the ones who have been forgiven, yet refuse to forgive. Why do we do this? Why do we cling to hateful things, refuse to forgive others, and allow ourselves to be consumed by anger?

128 A Good Critic

128 A Good Critic

September 7, 2020

In this edition, we’ll reflect on the readings for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. (Cycle A) Each of us is a critic. Hundreds of times a day we mentally critique others, how they look, what they wear, how they drive, how they wear their mask, or not, how they complete a task, what they eat, say or do. Most of the time these thoughts are merely a matter of preference, (“I don’t know how you can listen to that music.”), or opinion, (“I don’t think that is a good color on you.”), or judgment, (“I think turning left here is faster than going straight.”), or values, (“I wouldn’t have done it that way because you left the most important thing unfinished.”) In most of these cases, our criticism is best left unsaid. However, we sometimes face situations where we must judge the moral implications of another person’s actions. What is the right thing to do in these situations? Our readings this Sunday give us guidance.

127 Listen to the Voice Within

127 Listen to the Voice Within

August 31, 2020

We all have a little voice of God within. It is called our conscience. The question is, do we listen to God or to everyone else? In this week’s episode of By Your Life, we talk about the consequences of choosing who we listen to.
 

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