Eulogy Versus Resume Virtues

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I recently read The Road to Character by David Brooks. It was recommended to me by a younger leader whom I deeply respect, so it became my vacation reading. I found the opening paragraph incredibly insightful. It gave me a language for the findings I have been discovering with audiences when asking them about the leaders they […]

Introduction to The Workshop Retreat

Workshop Retreat for Catholic Men Several months ago, Brett Powell shared a simple but powerful tool with business executives who guided him in his leadership journey as a professional and family man for the past 20 years. Brett calls it his Life Compass. Several executives who heard the presentation wanted to hear more, “I have […]

We Long to Leave a Legacy

Imagine that you attend the funeral of a friend and the following scene unfolds. After the body has been laid to rest and people gather in the widow’s home, a short program begins. Each of the deceased’s five children will share a few words about their dad. As each child takes their turn, some time […]

Why Life Lacks Meaning and Purpose

Listen to what is being said: What is Most Deeply Personal is Often Universal  The words above are the expressed paint points of millions of people all around the world. Laborers and professionals. Teachers and executives. Moms and dads.  Americans, Europeans, Asians, and Africans. Human beings do not do well trying to function without some […]

How to Rise Above Quiet Desperation

Henry David Thoreau is attributed with writing, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Thoreau said more than this statement but what is often omitted is more important, “Unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called games and amusements.” The first part of Thoreau’s statement defines the pain – most men lead lives of quiet desperation. The second part defines the problem – the despair is hidden under games and amusements. Let us unpack more of the pain, and the problem and then offer a solution.