LEAN Is Catholic

How do you balance listening to employees needs and making time for all the other things to do as a manager?

LEAN says, go to the shop floor employee, go to the office worker, ask any employee about what exactly is going on, listen, understand, then ask them, 

“What do you need right now, to do your job serving the customer?”

Catholic says, subsidiarity is a very Catholic notion, it says, the person closest to the work is the person who should influence change the most. That sounds pretty much like LEAN, don’t you think?

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NEW – AHP, Catholic Business Owners Healthcare Relief

Catholic Business Owners

The NEW AHP regulations created to fit President Trump’s Executive Order make it possible to create a Catholic Buying Trust. This provides owners a way to control what they pay for in healthcare.

This is the biggest news in benefits since ERISA. Small business owners can keep their firmly held beliefs (respect for all Human life), follow their conscience, offer the Dignity of the Human Person in their Healthcare plan, and own the ability to choose how to lower cost. Perfect! Continue reading “NEW – AHP, Catholic Business Owners Healthcare Relief”

Your Work Is Meaningful

Economics of Work and Salvation.

Work makes us work together. It’s in this that we can show our humanity to each other, or not. Have you been at work and seen behavior that steals another person’s dignity? Think of it this way, have you seen a coworker bullied, put-upon, made to work to excess? Or, is your workplace a place where humanity thrives and the business does as well?

What makes one place of business one way, or another?

Economics of people working together, HR, employee benefits, and faith are what I write about, someone passed along this informal classroom pole. 40% of Students admitted they have witnessed broken workplaces.

Workplaces are human places first. People do stuff, solve problems and make things together. It’s all done to promote family and community, that’s what work does.

Work is Part of God’s Original Design

Matthew Kelly’s lenten video where he says,

Work is part of God’s original design.

We Must Bring Meaning to Our Work

Matthew Kelly’s lenten video on bringing meaning to your work.

For 98% of us our work is not intrinsically meaningful. Like the work of a Cancer doctor whose work is by its nature intrinsically meaningful, most of us must bring meaning to our work.

How do you bring meaning in every moment of your workday?

Katherine Drexel, A Saints’ Work

Giving up the worlds hold on us makes it possible to see a reality seldom recognized in the daily grind. Trading the world’s promise of fame, fortune, power, honor, privilege for God’s promises means recognizing the workplace as a human place.

It means, doing things like Katherine Drexel did, it is to move your heart from doing for yourself, do doing for others. Katherine Drexel gave up Millions and look what her choice created, a link to her story of starting Xavier University and so many other good works.

What is your place of work like? What do you bring to your workplace? Comment or share your own view.

Three Stories of Jesus’ Birth

Merry Christmas! Jesus’ birth more than 2,000 years ago is both divine and historical.  So many faith traditions point to this, a special day. Let his grace and peace reign in your heart, at home, at work, and in public.  Go spread the joy.

MATTHEW 1:18

The Birth of Jesus. *18 Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, * but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, * yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Continue reading “Three Stories of Jesus’ Birth”

Intellect Is A Gift

Your life is a gift.

When’s the last time you asked yourself why am I here? When you ask why am I here what is the conversation you have with yourself, how do you answer back? Do you hear the voices of parents, grandparents,  friends who have helped shape your thinking? Maybe you think of books you’ve read or teachers or Youtube or TV. How do you think about this? Does your intellect process this question?

If I write this post correctly I hope there’s a laugh at the end, maybe not LOL, but a quiet, introspective laugh at God’s humor. Continue reading “Intellect Is A Gift”