Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture

Drop Shadow

Soul at Work: Putting Values into Practice

Margaret BenefielMargaret Benefiel, PhD

Friday, March 15, 2013

10am-3pm in the Degheri Board Room

Lunch will be provided

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Studies show that half of managerial decisions fail.  Furthermore, in tough economic times, pressure to balance the budget often results in decisions that harm an organization in the long run.  How can leaders make better decisions by incorporating discernment practices into their decision-making, especially in tough economic times? 

In addition, over half of organizational change efforts fail.  How can individual and organizations identify their “immunity to change” and overcome it?

This will be an experiential, interactive workshop, in which presentations will be interwoven with periods of reflection, and participants' own experiences will serve as the basis for reflection and discernment.  The morning will focus on decision-making and discernment.  In the afternoon, participants will identify individual and organizational goals they would like to achieve, uncover their own “immune” systems, and discover how to break the grip of their immunity to change.*

-- Learn how to draw on your deeper wisdom in making tough decisions through practicing discernment.

--  Learn how individuals and organizations exhibit immunity to change, and how to overcome it.

--  Learn how individual and organizational discernment and change dovetail and support one another.

* The afternoon will be based on the work of Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey in their book, Immunity to Change  (Harvard, 2009).

Margaret Benefiel, PhD, Executive Officer of Executive Soul, offers consulting, coaching, and spiritual direction for leaders and organizations. She specializes in helping people discover the congruence between their deepest values and their work and does so by helping organizations develop values-based leadership. Dr. Benefiel is an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston and a visiting lecturer at All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland. She has served as Chair of the Academy of Management’s Management, Spirituality, and Religion Group and has also served in various leadership roles in Spiritual Directors International. She is the author of Soul at Work (Seabury, 2005) and The Soul of a Leader (Crossroad, 2008), and co-editor of The Soul of Supervision (Morehouse, 2010).